2013 WAC Swimming and Diving Championship Results
1. San Jose State - 695
2. Northern Arizona - 688
3. Denver - 631.5
4. Idaho - 409
5. New Mexico State - 331.5
6. Northern Colorado - 289
7. North Dakota - 230
8. CSU Bakersfield - 188
9. Seattle U - 144
Swimmer of the Year: Samantha Corea, Denver
Diver of the Year: Paige Hunt, Idaho
Freshman of the Year:Ellie Morrissey, Northern Arizona
Coach of the Year: Sage Hopkins, San Jose State
Diving Coach of the Year: Nikki Huffman, Northern Arizona
CSU Bakersfield (7-7)
The CSU Bakersfield 400 free relay broke the school record to highlight Roadrunner action on the final day of the WAC Championships ... The 400 free relay which was comprised of Michaela Paige, Ali Gillespie, Louise Westergren and Kelsey Lange lowered the school mark to 3:25.02 ... CSUB would reset six school records and post 19 all-time top five performances during the WAC Championships ... the Roadrunners finished eighth (188).
Five University of Denver swimmers were named to the Western Athletic Conference First Team after the team completed competition at the WAC Championships last week in San Antonio ... Samantha Corea highlighted the meet for the Pioneers, being named WAC Swimmer of the Year after setting conference records in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke ... Alex Suppan received WAC First Team Awards for the 200 IM and the 400 IM, while sophomore Bridgette McNally received first-team honors for the 500 freestyle ... the Pioneers also took First Team All-WAC honors for the 400 freestyle relay ... Overall, DU broke five school records at the WAC Championships.
The University of Idaho swimming and diving team completed an historic run at the Western Athletic Conference Championship Meet Saturday with another individual title, Paige Hunt's Diver of the Year honors, and the Vandals' best finish at the conference finale ... Idaho, behind freshman Jamie Sterbis' Saturday victory in the 200 butterfly, accumulated 409 points to finish fourth ... adding to the glory were two NCAA B cut times by sophomore Rachel Millet ... Hunt was third in Saturday's platform diving competition but her year-long consistency coupled with her 3-meter WAC title and her 1-meter WAC runner-up propelled her to diving's top honor ... her 234.30 points are an Idaho record on the platform, one of 12 Vandal records to fall over the four-day meet.
New Mexico State (3-6)
New Mexico State sophomore Jessica Legge won her second gold medal of the WAC Championships on the final day of competition ... the Aggie swimming and diving team finished in fifth place in the team standings with 331.5 points ... after winning the 100 breaststroke, Legge captured top honors in the 200 breast (2:12.37) en route to posting an NCAA 'B' cut time ... Legge became the first Aggie to win multiple individual titles at the conference meet since 2009 ... NM State had three swimmers score in the 1,650 free ... Jaymee Porter directed the Aggies with a seventh-place finish on the platform (187.15).
North Dakota (8-8-1)
Veronica Medon garnered her second top-three finish during the final day of competition at the WAC Championships held at the Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College ... Medon followed her third-place showing the 100 backstroke Friday with a runner-up placing in the 200 backstroke Saturday ... her 1:57.30 time gave her another NCAA B cut and beat her own UND record in that event, more than two seconds better than her time in that event at the WAC Championships last season ... in the platform diving event, Rachael Waldbillig advanced to the finals, scoring 162.65 for 13th place.
Northern Arizona (5-5)
Northern Arizona earned WAC titles in the 1650 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and platform diving to make a late charge in the team standings but San Jose State held on to narrowly win the WAC Swimming & Diving Championship by just seven points with NAU taking second ... the Lumberjacks finished second at the WAC title for the fourth time over the last six seasons ... after the meet NAU diving coach Nikki Huffman was named the WAC Diving Coach of the Year and freshman Ellie Morrissey, who medaled in each of her three individual events and in three relays, was named the WAC Freshman of the Year ... on the diving boards Junior Gwen Smithberg shattered her own NAU school record on platform, scoring 261.10.
Northern Colorado (1-7)
In its first WAC Championship the Northern Colorado Swimming & Diving team placed sixth with 289 points and rewrote the record books along the way ... one of the biggest highlights of the meet for the Bears was junior Gina Riggle finishing third in the 200-yard breaststroke with an NCAA 'B' qualifying standard of 2:15.85 ... her time broke the school record of 2:16.17 by Tori Gutt from 2011 ... Renee Stephens won the B final in the same event, taking over four seconds off her previous fastest time ... Jenny LaPorte continued to show she's a force to be reckoned with, finishing 15th in the 200 butterfly ... Sara Moldenhauer finished ninth with 182.25 points in the platform diving.
San Jose State (9-1)
Ashlyn Acosta set a San Jose State University record in the 200 yard butterfly and the team's overall depth prevailed as the Spartans successfully defended their WAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championship ... San Jose State had 695 points in the team scoring to finish ahead of Northern Arizona's 688 and Denver's 631.5 in the nine-team championship ... Acosta broke the school record twice on the meet's final day with a 1:59.86 qualifying round time and a NCAA Championship provisional qualifying mark of 1:59.03 ... the Spartans won the championship without a first place finish in any of the last 13 events ...
Seattle U (1-8)
Kevlyn Richards ended her collegiate career productively, finishing sixth in the 200 breaststroke and leading off the 400 freestyle relay team to a sixth place finish as the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships ... Richards cut one-and-a-half seconds off her personal best time, finishing fourth in the prelims with a time of 2:17.02 ... she finished sixth in the championship final after posting a mark of 2:17.21 ... Bethany Gehrke came less than two seconds away from setting a new school record, finishing the mile in 17:22.23, placing 19th in the 1650 freestyle ... Karla Ruff won the bonus final of the 200 breaststroke in 2:23.54 ... As a team, Seattle U finished in ninth place with 144 points.