Feb. 23, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -
The Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team completed competition at the second day of the Mountain West Championships on Thursday and sit in fifth place with 176 points. The Cowgirl 400 medley relay team had the best finish of the day placing third with an NCAA "B" cut time.
"Overall I am pretty pleased with how we are racing," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "This has probably been one of the fastest Mountain West meets I have ever seen."
Today's racing began with the 500 freestyle. In the morning's preliminaries, freshman Jordan Denny placed seventh with a time of 4:54.34, which was fast enough to put her in the championship final. Her teammates Aliyah Mikulski and Kasey Robinson placed 13th (4:47.19) and 14th (4:58.69), respectively, in the preliminaries putting them in the consolation final. In the evening's championship final, Denny moved up two places taking fifth with a time of 4:50.09. In the consolation final, Mikulski also moved up two spots finishing 11th (4:53.63) and Robinson finished 16th with a time of 5:02.04.
The next event was the 200 individual medley. In the morning preliminaries, Morgan Hartigan placed eighth with a time of 2:03.02 and was the only Cowgirl to make the championship final. Cowgirls Caroline Wells (10th, 2:03.61), Claudia Carlson (11th, 2:03.88) and Jessy Badaracco (12th, 2:03.95) swam themselves into the consolation final. Hartigan came back in the championship final and moved up one spot placing seventh with a time of 2:02.43. In the consolation final, Carlson led the way for UW placing 10th with a time of 2:02.98. Wells finished the final in 13th place with a time of 2:03.43 and Badaracco finished 15th (2:04.89).
In the 50 freestyle, senior Kelsey Conci swam her way into the championship final with a seventh-place finish (23.13) in the preliminaries. Fellow seniors Shelby Bull and Kenzie Hewson placed 10th (23.51) and 15th (23.66), respectively, in the preliminaries. In the finals, Conci moved up one place finishing sixth with an NCAA "B" cut time of 22.96. Bull finished the consolation final in 13th place with a time of 23.52 and Hewson finished 15th (23.59).
"Tonight's heats of the 50 freestyle were the fastest I have ever seen at the Mountain West Championships," Johnson said.
The final race of the evening was the 400 medley relay. Cowgirls Conci, Hartigan, Badaracco and Bull placed third with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:38.88. Conci led off the relay with the second-fastest 100 backstroke in Cowgirl history with a time of 52.47.
In today's 3-meter springboard competition, Cowgirl Carolyn Wallace placed 16th in the preliminaries with a mark of 229.20, giving her a spot in the consolation final. In the final she moved up two spots placing 14th with a score of 247.95.
"I am excited for Carolyn to move up in the consolation final," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "We are really pumped up to get to the 3-meter synchronized diving tomorrow and the platform on Saturday."
After two days of action at the MW Championships, San Diego State is in first place with 299 team points. Trailing the Aztecs are Boise State in second (295), UNLV in third (210), New Mexico in fourth (185) and the Cowgirls in fifth with 176 points.
The third day of the MW Championships will begin at 10 a.m. MT with the 400 individual medley preliminaries.
"We need to have a big day tomorrow and see if we can't get a lot of ladies back in the evening's finals," Johnson said.