Harutjunjan Claims 100 Breast, UW Wins 400 Medley Relay on Day Three

Feb. 19, 2016


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirls swimming and diving team finished action on the third day of the Mountain West Championships on Friday at the Texas A&M Natatorium. Maria Harutjunjan repeated as the 100 breast champ with an all-time record. She touched the pads first in 1:00.21 to shatter the Cowgirl all-time record and notch the top-MW mark to lead UW in College Station. Harutjunjan also won the event a year ago as a freshman with a time of 1:00.84. The Cowgirls sit in fourth place with 309 points.

The 400 medley relay team of Isobel Ryan, Harutjunjan, Molly Coonce and Emily Ridout took gold in 3:35.86 to set a new school record. It was the first-ever victory for Wyoming in the 400 medley relay at the championships.

"The win in the relay was nothing short of a complete team effort," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "A couple of them felt they got off the blocks a little slower than they had wanted, but Maria (Harutjunjan) was outstanding and separated herself. Isobel (Ryan) and Molly (Coonce) knew exactly what they had to do and went out and did just that. Then Emily (Ridout) refused to take anything but first. It was amazing to watch and I am very happy with the win."

In the 400 IM, Emma Dow made the championship final and finished 3rd with a mark of 4:19.03. She recorded her first NCAA "B" cut time of 4:18.90 during prelims this morning, which is also the third-best time in UW history. In the consolation final, Shannon Chelsvig (4:25.63) and Casey Duckworth (4:31.48) competed for UW and finished 12th and 16th overall, respectively.

"Emma (Dow) worked hard all day," Johnson said. "She had a great time this morning for her first NCAA cut and I am very proud of the times for Shannon (Chelsvig) and Casey (Duckworth)."

Coonce was the lone Cowgirl in the 100 fly finals session. She finished the championship final in fourth place with a time of 53.71, after swimming an NCAA "B" cut time of 53.70 in prelims, which became the second best all-time mark for a Cowgirl.

"Molly (Coonce) had a lot of events today," Johnson mentioned. "But she was up for the challenge and did extremely well. She didn't get much rest as times, and I know she wanted to do a little better, but the effort is always there and she did great."

Kelly Sheldon and Emily Stucky each made the consolation final in the 200 free. Sheldon (1:49.32) took 13th in the event for the fourth-best time in UW history, while Stucky claimed 16th in the event with a mark of 1:51.99. Danielle Badger swam in the 200 free bonus final for UW, taking 21st with a time of 1:51.63.

Ridout followed Harutjunjan in the 100 breast championship final. Ridout had an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:01.18 to claim 3rd place for the Cowgirls and the fourth-best time in school history. Coonce (1:03.50) and Susanna Schumann (1:03.93) each participated in the 100 breast bonus final before Ryan notched an NCAA "B" cut time of 53.24 in the 100 back final. Ryan's time was the third best in Cowgirl history and second in the event.

Stevens and Samantha Burke also recorded NCAA "B" cut times in the 100 back. Stevens (54.69) took tenth overall, in addition to recording the fourth best mark in UW history, while Burke (54.88) claimed 11th in the event and the fifth-best mark in school history to round out the competition for Wyoming on day three of the championships.

"We were able to jump another team tonight," Johnson added. "We now have to keep the momentum going and battle for another day. I am proud of all the alumni watching, and even more proud of these girls."

The meet concludes Saturday with the 1,650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 fly, platform dive and 400 free relay. Prelims are set to begin at 10 a.m. MT, with finals beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information for Thursday is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page. The meet is also available on the app Meet Mobile. The MW links are free of charge, while there is a $1.99 fee to view information on the Meet Mobile app.