Cowgirls Set for Mountain West Championships
Feb. 17, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Head coach Tom Johnson and the Cowgirls head to San Antonio, Texas, for the 2014 Mountain West Championships which take place Wednesday through Saturday at Palo Alto College. Wyoming is one of the favorites in this season after being picked to finish third in a poll released by the MW office Friday.
A voting panel comprised of the 10 MW head women's swimming and diving coaches chose Boise State as the favorite to win the 2014 MW championship title, edging out defending champion San Diego State by three points. The Broncos collected six first-place votes and 78 total points, while San Diego State was selected to finish second with 75 points and claimed four first-place votes. Wyoming and newcomer San José State are expected to provide the biggest challenge to the top contenders. The Cowgirls collected 62 points for third place, just ahead of the Spartans in fourth with 57 points. Nevada (42 points) and UNLV (41 points) claimed fifth and sixth place, respectively, followed by New Mexico, Air Force, Fresno State and Colorado State.
The Cowgirls return 10 All-Mountain West performers from last season's team that placed third at the championships. UW also brings back two All-MW relay teams. The 10 All-MW performers last season was the second most in school history. Wyoming has placed fourth or better in seven-consecutive championships. Senior Morgan Hartigan will lead the Cowgirls' charge. She is the reigning MW champion in the 100 freestyle.
The Cheyenne, Wyo., native owns four top times this season for the Cowgirls (50 and 100 freestyle, 200 IM, 100 back). She leads the MW in the 200 IM (2:00.54) and 100 backstroke at 52.98. She has also been a part of the top times in every relay event this season. Junior Jordan Denny looks to help the Cowgirls in the team standings as she ranks fifth in the MW in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.54.
The Wyoming divers are hitting their peak late in the season. Senior Amanda Fay leads the Cowgirls. She tops the UW record book and MW in the 1-meter (325.95). She also leads the team in the 3-meter and platform. Her platform score of 220.95 ranks in UW's top-five all-time. She has qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship in the 1-meter and 3-meter. She will be joined by sophomore Kari Campbell in both events. Freshman Keely Bishop also qualified in the 3-meter event.\
This year's Championships will feature a live webstream of all sessions. The live stream is available on the Mountain West Network. There is no charge for the video streams.
Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information from the meet is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page at TheMW.com. In addition, fans can monitor results through the Meet Mobile app on their handheld devices. The Active Network application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets.