SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team finished action at the Mountain West Championship on Saturday in the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Cowgirls finished fourth with 420 team points finishing in the top-four of the conference for the ninth consecutive season.
San Diego State won the MW Championship with a tally of 704.5. Boise State came in second at 679.5 with Nevada earning fourth place with a tally of 554.
"I thought today we were pretty good, but we got a little tired tonight," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "I think we raced the hardest we could and did our best. The Meet gets faster ever year and we need to get better in the off season."
Junior Nicole Hlavacek broke the school record in the 1,650 freestyle to open the meet clocking in at 16:35.41. Junior Kari Campbell broke her school record on the platform dive for the second time this season tallying a 273.50.
Freshman Maria Harutjunjan placed second in the 200 breaststroke with a personal-best 2:13.63, as she finished third in the event. The mark was also the third-fastest time in school history. Junior Emma Dow finished 15th in the event at 2:18.92.
"Maria had a great race and had a really strong finish to move up," Johnson said.
Junior Molly Coonce finished fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.47. Senior Claudia Carlson finished 11th at 2:01.19. Hlavacek finished fifth in the 1,650 freestyle with her school record. Junior Lauren McClure finished 16th in the race at 17:06.26.
The 200 backstroke was a solid event for the Cowgirls. Sophomore Abby Sullivan finished the race at 1:59.48, as it was a personal-best and third-fastest time in Cowgirl history that placed her sixth. Freshman Connor Tarver also recorded a personal best finishing seventh in the event with the fifth-fastest mark in school history of 1:59.97. Senior Jordan Denny finished 15th with a time of 2:01.91 with Emily Stevens coming in 16th at 2:05.02.
"It is encouraging to have such a young group do so well and see freshmen and sophomores racing so well and it's encouraging for the future."
The 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore Danielle Badger, redshirt junior Emily Stucky, Sullivan and junior Emily Ridout finished sixth at 3:22.30. Ridout also finished 16th in the 100 freestyle at 50.50.
Campbell's school record earned her a third-place finish in the event, Sophomore Keely Bishop finished eighth at 202.65. Her mark of 248.05 in the preliminaries was the third-best tally in school history.
"Tower is such a fun event because it is more hit or miss," UW diving coach Chelsea Popplewell said. "To see them put together a strong day will really help us going into zones and overall it was a strong weekend."
For Cowgirls with NCAA "B" provisional times they will now wait for the NCAA Psych Sheets to come out to see if they will earn spots in next month's NCAA Championship meets. Wyoming divers Campbell and Bishop are all qualified for next month's NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships on at least one board and will continue training before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. on March 9.