Feb. 25, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
The Wyoming Swimming and Diving teams continued the Mountain West Conference Championships for the third day and both held their ground to stay in third place. Cowgirls Lesley Young and Kelsey Conci claimed the MWC Championship in the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, respectively.
"Overall I thought we had a pretty good day on both the men's and women's side," Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnson said. "I was very pleased how the finals went for us today."
The Cowboys sit behind UNLV with 538.5 points and BYU with 480 points. The 'Pokes have 389.5 points, followed by TCU (328.5), Utah (315), and Air Force (258.5).
The Cowgirls also sit in third behind San Diego State with 497 points and BYU with 388 points. The Wyoming women sit in third with 347 points followed by, Utah (333), UNLV (310), TCU (259), CSU (232), New Mexcio (219) and Air Force (100).
Today's sessions included; the 400-yard individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, women's platform dive and 200 freestyle relay.
Picking up the first conference championship of the day for the Cowgirls was Young in the 100 breaststroke. She placed first in this morning's preliminaries with a time of 1:01.13 and carried that success into the finals. Young went on to swim a 1:00.75 in the finals to take home the conference crown, set a new UW school record, as well as putting up a NCAA `B' provisional cut time. Cowgirls Lauren Hewson placed fourth in the 100 breast finals with a time of 1:02.09, which was also an NCAA `B' provisional cut time.
"I was super happy for Lesley to win the 100 breast championship," Johnson added. "Her time is fast enough that it should get her into the NCAA Championships."
The next conference championship came in the next event for the Wyoming women. Wyoming's Conci, just one day after setting the MWC record in the 100 backstroke during the 400 medley relay, went on to win the MWC Championship in the 100 back with a time of 53.27.
Two other Cowgirls placed very highly and set school records in today's racing.In the 400 IM Stephanie Vint placed second with a time of 4:15.72, which was good enough to break her own school record of 4:17.82. Vint's time was also good enough for an NCAA `B' provisional time. Jessy Badaracco also swam in the 400 IM finals for the Cowgirls placing sixth with a time of 4:21.72.
"I was pleased to see Stephanie break her school record in the 400 IM," Johnson said. "Jessy Badaracco's swim was also very good today (in the 400 IM)."
Shelby Bull set the other school record for the Cowgirls in the 200 freestyle. Bull swam herself into third place with a NCAA `B' provisional time of 1:48.45, and was also good enough to break her UW school record of 1:48.79.
In today's 200 freestyle relay the Cowgirl team of Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Kenzie Hewson and Bull placed third with a time of 1:31.37. The relays time was also good enough to give them an NCAA `B' provisional time.
On the women's platform dive Cowgirl Allie Smith placed 12th in this morning's preliminaries with a mark of 187.00. She then went on to place 15th in the finals with a mark of 183.45.
"Hopefully we can make up some ground on BYU tomorrow and see how this thing ends up," Johnson added.
Today's men's racing saw eight Cowboys qualify for tonight's finals.
In the men's 400 IM freshmen Jayce Calhoon and Narayan Naik both reached tonight's finals and placed well for UW. In the finals, Calhoon swam a 3:57.84 placing him fifth and his teammate Naik finished right behind him in sixth with a time of 3:59.16.
Three Cowboys including, Ethan Griffel, Tyler Kybartas and Christian Johnson qualified for the 200 freestyle finals this evening. Griffel swam an excellent race placing second with a time of 1:37.72, while Kybartas finished the race in fifth with a time of 1:38.79 and Johnson (1:39.82) placed eighth. Griffel's time was good enough for an NCAA `B' provisional time.
"Ethan has been a stud all year and really came up with an awesome swim tonight," Johnson said. "I was really pleased with Tyler too, he really raced hard tonight."
In the 100 breaststroke Cowboys Brandon Fischer and Nate Ladner place in fourth and fifth, respectively. Fischer swam a personal best 54.13 to place fourth, while Ladner was fractions of a second behind in fifth with a time of 54.20.Cowboy Marshall Dilworth placed fourth in the 100 backstroke finals with a time of 48.77.
"Tomorrow is looking like a really good day for us," Johnson added. "With us trying to chase down BYU and hold off TCU and Utah, the 200's and the mile (1650 freestyle) are good races for our guys to be in."
The MWC Swimming and Diving Championships will conclude tomorrow evening from Oklahoma City, Okla. Tomorrow's events include the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, men's platform, 1650 freestyle, 200 butterfly, and the 400 freestyle relay. The final day of the championships will begin tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. Mountain Time.