Coonce Steps Up for Cowgirls at Mountain West Championships

Feb. 21, 2014


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Sophomore Molly Coonce broke the Cowgirls' school record in the 100 butterfly and added a third place-finish in the 400 medley relay. She ended her day by finishing seventh in the 100 breaststroke to lead the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team on Friday at the Mountain West Championships in San Antonio, Texas. UW remains in fourth for the third-consecutive day with 280 points. Boise State leads the championships with 477 points followed by San Diego State with 458 and Nevada with 319.

"We came to life today and we had a good morning and a great night," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said.  "We just need one more session like that to do some damage tomorrow."

Coonce's school record time of 53.72 in the 100 butterfly came minutes after junior Claudia Carlson broke the school record in the consolation heat at 53.85. Senior Leah Roesler also added a time of 54.59 , the third fastest time in school history. Coonce finished third in the event with Carlson ninth and Roesler 12th in the tightly contested race.

"Molly just had a monster day and she did a great job with the school record and did a tremendous job cutting time in our relay," Johnson said.

She later helped the 400 relay team finish third in the event with a time of 3:38.97, as it was the third-fastest time in school history. Coonce was joined by senior Morgan Hartigan, senior Stephanie Young and junior Jordan Denny. She ended her day finishing seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a career-best time 1:02.42. Young also tallied points for UW in the event finishing ninth at 1:03.24.

"The relay was what I was worried about, but Jordan laid the hammer down in the race and really helped us," Johnson stated.

Denny also added a school record on Friday. She finished fourth in the 200 freestyle at 1:47.21. It was the fastest time since she hit a mark of 1:48 in 2012. Her time joined Coonce and Carlson in NCAA B-Cuts.

Another thrilling race for UW was the final of the night, as three top-ten school times were set. Hartigan's NCAA B-cut time and career-best time of 53.55 in the 100 backstroke was the second-best in school history. She was followed by freshman Abby Sullivan, as she finished 14th with a career-best time of 55.57 that ranks fourth at UW. Junior Melanie McDonough finished 18th with the sixth-fastest time at Wyoming at 56.00.

Saturday's action at the MW Championships features; 200 backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 100, 1,650 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay. The diver will also return to the action with the platform event.

Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information for Saturday is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page at 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.