LARAMIE, Wyo. -
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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team travels to College Station, Texas, on Wednesday to compete at the 2016 Mountain West Championships. The four-day event will be held at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium on the campus of Texas A&M.
On the opening day, the preliminary session will be held at 11:30 a.m. MT, with finals set for 5:30 p.m., while the following three days will have prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. There will be 10 MW schools competing at the meet.
UW closed out the regular season with an impressive 8-3 dual record and will look to finish within the top-four at the championship meet for the tenth-straight year. A voting panel comprised of the 10 MW head women's coaches chose Boise State and Nevada as the favorites to win this year's championship title. San Diego State, the defending conference champion, is predicted for a third-place finish. Wyoming received one first place vote and is predicted to place fourth, followed by UNLV, Air Force, New Mexico, San Jose State, Fresno State and Colorado State.
The Cowgirls hold several top-five conference times on the season. Emily Ridout is second in the 50 free (22.66) and third in the 100 free (49.92). Nicole Hlavacek is fifth in the 1,650 free (16.47.07), as Connor Tarver is fifth in the 200 back (1:59.06). Maria Harutjunjan is second and third in the 100 (1:01.39) and 200 (2:14.03) breast, respectively. Molly Coonce has the third-best times in the 100 and 200 fly events with 53.75 and 2:00.42, respectively. Kari Campbell also has the second-best mark on the platform event with an NCAA qualifying score of 235.15, while Keely Bishop sits fourth (216.90).
At last year's meet, the Cowgirls finished in fourth with 420 team points. Harutjunjan became the first freshman to win an event at the championships since 2012. She won the 100 breast with a career-best mark of 1:01.39. Hlavacek broke the school record in the 1,650 free with a time of 16.35.41 for a fifth-place finish, while Campbell placed third on the platform event with a school-record score of 273.50.
Live video and results, team scores, event highlights and more information from the meet is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page by clicking on the link above. There is no fee for the live broadcasts.