LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Head coach Tom Johnson and the Cowgirls head to San Antonio, Texas, for the 2015 Mountain West Championships which take place Wednesday through Saturday at Palo Alto College. Wyoming is one of the favorites this season after being picked to finish tied for third in a poll released by the MW office Friday.
A voting panel comprised of the 10 Mountain West head women's swimming & diving coaches chose Boise State as the favorite to win the 2015 MW championship title. The Broncos collected seven first-place votes and 79¬ total points, while San Diego State was selected to finish second with 75 points and claimed three first-place votes. The Cowgirls and Nevada are expected to provide the biggest challenge to the top contenders. The Wolf Pack and Cowgirls tied for third in the poll, collecting 61 points each. UNLV (41 points) claimed fifth place, while Air Force and New Mexico tied for sixth with 37 points each. San José State (eighth, 30 points), Colorado State (ninth, 19 points) and Fresno State (10th, 10 points) round out the poll.
Johnson and the Cowgirls have finished in the top-four of the conference meet in eight consecutive seasons. Eight Cowgirls who garnered All-MW accolades a season ago return to San Antonio this season. Senior Jordan Denny earned All-MW honors in three events last season. She earned the honors in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Junior Molly Coonce earned All-MW in two events. She placed in the top-eight in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Senior Claudia Carlson earned All-MW last season in the 200 butterfly. She has earned All-MW honors in three seasons for the Cowgirls.
Coonce comes into the championship as a favorite in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. She was the MW leader in the 200 butterfly and ranked second in the conference in the 100 butterfly with both times coming in as NCAA "B" cut times. The duo of junior Emily Ridout and Freshman Maria Harutjunjan will look for hardware in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. In the diving events, veteran junior Kari Campbell ranked second in the MW this season in the platform event.
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. In addition, fans can watch live video on their mobile devices for free on the MW mobile app.
Real-time results are also available on mobile devices through the Meet Mobile app for a nominal fee of $1.99 per month. The Mountain West and Active Network applications can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets.