Conci Wins Second-Consecutive MW Championship In The 100-Yard Backstroke
Feb. 24, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -
Senior Cowgirl swimmer Kelsey Conci won her second-consecutive Mountain West Championship in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships. On her way to the MW Championship, Conci posted a MW Championship meet record time of 52.92, which was also fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut time. After the third day of competition the Cowgirls moved up one spot from the previous day and now sit in fourth place with 302.5 team points.
"I think today was our best session at the meet so far," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "Everyone really swam well today and we put up some school record times which is very encouraging to see."
Today's competition began with the 400 individual medley. In the morning's preliminaries, junior Jessy Badaracco placed sixth with a time of 4:22.07. Her swim put her in the evening's championship final. In the final she moved up one place taking fifth with a time of 4:20.02. Her final time was also good enough for the second-fastest 400 IM time in school history.
In the 100 butterfly preliminaries, Claudia Carlson touched the wall in eighth place (54.89) and Leah Roesler took 14th with a time of 55.96. Carlson's preliminary time in was the fastest swim in school history. Carlson's finish put her in the championship final, while Roesler's finish put her in the consolation final. In the evening's championship final, Carlson took eighth place with a time of 55.30. Roesler took sixth in the consolation final with a time of 56.03, which gave 14th place overall.
Freshman Jordan Denny placed sixth in the 200 freestyle preliminaries with a time of 1:49.18. She placed highly enough to swim in the championship final. In the final, she moved up two places touching the wall in fourth place with school record and NCAA "B" cut time of 1:48.00.
In the 100 breaststroke preliminaries, Cowgirl sophomores Morgan Hartigan and Stephanie Young placed third (1:02.20) and seventh (1:03.59), respectively, which was good enough to put them in the championship final. In the final, Hartigan placed third with an NCAA "B" provisional time of 1:02.23. Young touched the wall in seventh place with a time of 1:03.33. Hartigan's time was the third-fastest 100 breast in school history and Young's was the fifth fastest.
Conci swept the 100 backstroke preliminaries and finals on her way to the MW championship. Also in the 100 backstroke, senior Caroline Wells placed 13th in the preliminaries with a time of 56.46. She returned in the evening's consolation final and placed 15th with a time of 56.91.
"The 200 free relay was super tonight," Johnson said. "It was the third fastest in school history and we did a great job to hold off San Diego State at the back end of the race."
Today's diving competition was a first for the MW Championships with the 3-meter synchronized which was non-scoring event. Cowgirls Carolyn Wallace and Holly Heussner placed fourth with a mark of 204.65.
"My divers did a great of a job putting their list together today," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "We are really excited to get to our best event the tower (platform) tomorrow."
After three days of competition at the championships, Boise State leads the team scoring with 506 total points. Following Boise State is, San Diego State in second place (503), UNLV in third place (379.5), UW in fourth place (302.5) and TCU rounds out the top five (238).
"We are going to go out tomorrow and swim our tails off and see if we can't run down UNLV," Johnson said.
The final day of the MW Championships will begin with the 200 backstroke preliminaries at 10 a.m. MT.