Hartigan Paces Cowgirls on Second Day of MW Championships

Feb. 20, 2014


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Senior Morgan Hartigan paced the Cowgirls with a school record and second-place finish in the 200 individual medley on Thursday at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships in San Antonio, Texas. UW sits in fourth after the second day of competition with 160 points. Boise State is in first with 276.5 points followed by San Diego State with 239.5 and Nevada with 216.

"It was a good day for us, we started slow but recovered well in the evening," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "Tomorrow we just really have to battle and see what we can do."

Hartigan, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., swam a school record of 1:58.37 in the finals of the 200 individual medley to highlight the Cowgirls individual honors. It was the fastest time since  Lesley Young swam a 1:59.67 in 2011. Junior Claudia Carlson also scored points for UW finishing 14th in the event at 2:03.13. Hartigan added 17 points for the Cowgirls with Carlson adding three.

"Her time would have gotten into NCAA a season ago and she really helped us with this event and her great start in the relay," Johnson stated.

Junior Jordan Denny opened the night with a sixth-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 4:50.82, coming up just short of her career-best. Sophomore Nicole Hlavacek also added points finishing 11th in the event with a personal-best time of 4:53.20. Denny pitched in 13 points for UW with Hlvacek adding six.

Sophomore Emily Ridout rounded out the individual events with a seventh-place showing in the 50 freestyle. She added 12 points for the Cowgirls with her career-best time of 23.02, which is the fifth-fastest time in school history. Her time was one second faster than her time in the event at the MW Championships last season.

The 200 freestyle relay team opened the day finishing fifth in the event adding 28 points for UW with a time of 1:31.05, the second fastest mark in school history. The season-best time came from the group of Hartigan, junior Melanie McDonough, freshman Abby Sullivan and Ridout.

The Wyoming divers also contributed to the Cowgirls team score on Thursday evening. Senior Amanda Fay finished seventh in the 3-meter springboard with a tally of 297.69. Sophomore Kari Campbell finished 13th with a score of 263.19. The duo combined for 16 team points for the Cowgirls.

"We struggled and we missed some key details, but we did some great things as a team and helped Wyoming get up the leaderboard," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said.

Friday's action at the MW Championships features; the 100 backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, 200 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 400 medley relay. The divers will return to the pool on Saturday in the platform event.

Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information for Friday is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page at TheMW.com. In addition, fans can monitor results through the Meet Mobile app on their handheld devices. The Active Network application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

The MW Championships features a live webstream of all sessions. The live stream is available on the Mountain West Network.  There is no charge for the video streams.