Feb. 22, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -
For the second consecutive year, the Wyoming Cowgirl 200 medley relay team started the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships by winning the conference title. Wyoming's Kelsey Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Mackenzie Norlin and Shelby Bull combined for the 200 medley relay conference championship with a MW Championship and UW school record time of 1:38.56. Their time was a full-second faster than a season ago and good enough for an NCAA "B" qualifying time. After the first day of racing at the MW Championships the Cowgirls sit in fifth place overall with 76 team points.
"They (the 200 medley relay team) really blistered that thing," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "Their swim was just awesome. It is great to win a second-consecutive championship in the 200 medley (relay). "
Following the 200 medley relay team's victory, the 800 freestyle relay team of Nikki Finnesand, Jordan Denny, Kasey Robinson and Paige Fischer placed fifth with a time of 7:21.45. Their time was fast enough for a Cowgirl record and an NCAA "B" cut time. Their time breaks the school record set by the 2010 Cowgirls (7:23.02).
"I thought we had three solid legs of the 800 free tonight and one great leg," Johnson said. "At first I didn't know who to put in the race, but I am happy with who I chose."
Today's 1-meter springboard diving preliminaries were held in the morning session of the meet. Junior Sasha Andrie placed 15th (214.85) and sophomore Carolyn Wallace placed 16th (212.75), which put them in the consolation final. Andrie finished in third place of the consolation final and 11th overall with a score of 237.70. Wallace placed seventh in the consolation final with a mark of 214.90, which gave her 15th place overall.
"I was proud how my divers kept their heads in the competition today," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "We built some great momentum for the rest of the meet."
After day one, Boise State leads the MW Championships with 108 team points followed by San Diego State (101), New Mexico (99), UNLV (78) and Wyoming (76).
"Overall I am pleased with how today went," Johnson said. "This is going to be a very fast meet and I am looking forward to seeing how we can finish this thing. I think every team here has improved and we are going to have to go out and make some noise tomorrow."
Competition at the championships will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. MT with the 500 freestyle preliminaries.