San Jose State won its first ever Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday night at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spartans finished the meet with 728 points, followed by Northern Arizona with 622. Hawaii was third with 524, while New Mexico State placed fourth with 429. Nevada finished fifth with 377, followed by Fresno State (364), Idaho (318) and North Dakota (206).
San Jose State junior Marisa Dewames earned WAC Swimmer of the Year honors, the first such award for a Spartan. Nevada sophomore Grace Huang was named the WAC Diver of the Year, the first for the Wolf Pack since Kate Oines in 2002. San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins earned the WAC Coach of the Year award, while Nevada's Jian Li You was voted Diving Coach of the Year for the third time in her career. New Mexico State's Aliena Schmidtke was awarded Freshman of the Year, the second straight season the Aggies had received the award.
In the first race of the night, Nevada's Mengjiao Mi won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:33.57, two seconds faster than her winning time from last year. Northern Arizona's Emma Lowther was second (16:36.50) for the second straight year and her teammate, Caitlin Wright, placed third (16:44.01).
Northern Arizona's Fi Connell won the 200 backstroke for the third straight year with a time of 1:56.56. Hawaii's Christa Prior was second with a time of 1:56.91 while New Mexico State's Tricia Kiss took bronze medal honors for the second straight year (1:58.81). All three times were NCAA consideration.
San Jose State junior Marisa Dewames won the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.05. New Mexico State freshman Aliena Schmidtke took the silver with a time of 49.28 while Hawaii's Jasmine Alkhaldi was third (50.19). All three times were NCAA provisional marks.
San Jose State senior Kirsten Trammell won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:12.48 while her teammate, Darcie Anderson, was second (2:14.81). New Mexico State freshman Jessica Legge claimed the bronze in 2:15.47. Again, all three medalists along with the next two finishers, recorded NCAA provisional marks.
Northern Arizona sophomore Rachel Palmer won the title in the 200 butterfly in 1:58.82. San Jose State's Julia Craddock placed second in 2:00.52. New Mexico State's Beth Cate was third with a time of 2:02.00.
Fresno State sophomore Hannah Prigge won the platform diving with a score of 285.15. Nevada took the next two spots as Stephanie Hanson improved from last year's fourth place finish to grab silver with a score of 272.55 while Grace Huang was third (248.80).
San Jose State topped off the competition by winning the 400 free relay in time of 3:18.88 with the team of Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster, Erika Harvey and Dewames. New Mexico State took the silver (3:23.63) and Fresno Statewon the bronze in 3:24.77.
Individual Honors (as voted upon by the WAC coaches)
Swimmer of the Year - Marisa Dewames, Jr., San Jose State
Diver of the Year - Grace Huang, So., Nevada
Freshman of the Year - Aliena Schmidtke, New Mexico State
Diving Coach of the Year - Jian Li You, Nevada
Coach of the Year - Sage Hopkins, San Jose State
San Jose State extended its lead at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships being held at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Spartans lead Northern Arizona by 64 points with one day of competition remaining.
In Friday's finals, Northern Arizona sophomores Rachel Palmer and Jordan Burnes were 1-2 in the 400-yard individual medley. Palmer won with an NCAA "B" cut time of 4:18.46 while Burnes clocked in at 4:20.35 just ahead of last year's winner, New Mexico State's Tricia Kiss (4:20.70).
Hawaii freshman Sofija Djelic swam an NCAA provisional time of 54.34 to win the 100 butterfly. San Jose State took the next three spots led by freshman Michaela McLean (55.43), Heather Denman (55.54) and Ashlyn Acosta (55.88).
Another freshman won the next race as New Mexico State's Aliena Schmidtke took the gold in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.38. Nevada's Mengjiao Mi was second (1:46.76) while Northern Arizona's Emma Lowther was third (1:48.26). All three swam NCAA provisional times.
San Jose State senior Kirsten Trammell won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.60, just ahead of her teammate Darcie Anderson (1:01.65). New Mexico State's Jessica Legge earned the bronze with a time of 1:02.06. All three times were NCAA consideration cuts.
Hawaii senior Christa Prior won the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.07. Northern Arizona's Fi Connell finished second for the second straight year with a time of 54.45. San Jose State's Heather Denman again medaled after a third place finish with a time of 54.67. All three medalists swam NCAA provisional times.
Hawaii's Daniella Nero won the gold on the three-meter board with a score of 343.75. Nevada's Grace Huang was second for the second straight year with 331.20 points followed by Fresno State's Hannah Prigge (317.05).
In the final event of the evening, the San Jose State team of Heather Denman, Kirsten Trammell, Ashlyn Acosta and Marisa Dewames won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:39.45. Northern Arizona was second (3:41.74), while Hawaii placed third for the second straight year (3:42.70).
After three days of competition, San Jose State leads with 475 points, while Northern Arizona is second with 411. Hawaii is third with 398 points, followed by New Mexico State with 289, Nevada (255), Idaho (244), Fresno State (213) and North Dakota (139).
Action concludes tomorrow at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 3-meter diving and the 400 freestyle relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m., the first two heats of the 1650 free begin at 4:30 p.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.
Nevada and San Jose State each won two events on day two of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The night began with Nevada's Jiao Jiao Mi winning the 500-yard freestyle for the third straight year with a time of 4:46.21. Northern Arizona's Emma Lowther was second in a time of 4:47.31 while Hawaii's Sofija Djelic took third in 4:54.24. The first two swimmers earned NCAA provisional times.
In the 200 individual medley, last year's third place finisher, Northern Arizona's Fiona Connell, took the gold this year with an NCAA consideration time of 2:02.01. San Jose State captured the next two spots as Julia Craddock was second in a time of 2:02.01 while Darcie Anderson grabbed the bronze in a time of 2:02.50.
San Jose State's Marisa Dewames won the 50 free in a time of 22.38 while New Mexico State's Aliena Schmidtke was second with a time of 22.82. Dewames' teammate, Kiley Foster, was third with a time of 22.95. All three swam NCAA provisional times.
Nevada's Grace Huang won the one-meter diving with a score of 305.30. Northern Arizona's Kristy Ardavanis was second with 301.65 points followed by Nevada's Stephanie Hanson with 300.60.
San Jose State won the final event of the day swimming a pool record time of 1:30.38 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team consisted of Meghan McCurley, Kiley Foster, Erika Harvey and Marisa Dewames. Hawaii was second (1:31.56) while North Dakota placed third in 1:34.39.
After two days of competition, San Jose State leads the meet with 236 points, while Northern Arizona is just a point behind in second with 235. Hawaii is third with 203 points, while Nevada is fourth with 147. Idaho is fifth with 130 followed by New Mexico State (116), Fresno State (108) and North Dakota (84).
Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 1-meter diving and 400 medley relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.
The 2012 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship began today with San Jose State setting a new WAC record in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:39.38.
The Spartans' team of Heather Denman, Kirsten Trammel, Ashlyn Acosta and Meghan McCurley broke the WAC record, WAC meet record and Palo Alto Natatorium record with an NCAA consideration time. The previous WAC record was 1:39.88 set by SMU in 1999. New Mexico State took second with a time of 1:41.48 while Northern Arizona, Hawaii and Idaho all earned provisional times as well.
In the only other race of the day, Northern Arizona took the gold medal with a win in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Emma Lowther, Rachel Palmer, Chalene Dirks-Ryan and Krista Maier won with an NCAA consideration time of 7:18.76. San Jose State, Hawaii and New Mexico State also recorded NCAA provisional times.
After one day of competition, San Jose State is the leader with 74 points. Northern Arizona is in second with 72 points followed by New Mexico State in third with 64, Hawaii with 62, Idaho 56, Fresno State 50, Nevada 46 and North Dakota 26.
Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas with the 500-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving and the 200 freestyle relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.
The 2012 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships get underway in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 22-25. Over the four days, eight teams will compete for the conference championship at Palo Alto College Natatorium.
The championship begins on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. (CT), with both the finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays. Prelims will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday while finals will start at 6:30 p.m. each night.
The WAC will be streaming the finals of all four nights. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv . Viewers that sign up, will be able to watch Wednesday relays for free. The remaining three nights can be viewed for a subscription of $5.95 per night or a full championship package can be purchased for $9.95.
|Day 1 Finals - Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (CT)
|200 Medley Relay|
|800 Free Relay|
|Day 2 Prelims - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. (CT)
|200 Individual Medley|
|Day 2 Finals - Thursday 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Watch Live
|200 Individual Medley|
|200 Free Relay|
|Day 3 Prelims - Friday, 11:00 a.m. (CT)
|400 Individual Medley|
|Day 3 Finals - Friday, 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Watch Live
|400 Individual Medley|
|400 Medley Relay|
|Day 4 Prelims - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. (CT)
|1650 Free (All but last heat-4:30 p.m.)|
|Day 4 Finals - Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Watch Live
|1650 Free (final heat)|
|400 Free Relay|
Palo Alto College Natatorium
1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78224
February 22-25, 2012
Results will be posted following every heat on the WAC's website.
All four finals sessions will be available via live streaming on WAC.tv.
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All-Session Passes (includes all 10 sessions) are $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 18 and under.
Single Session prices are as follows:
Wednesday evening relays : $5
Prelims : Adults $7, Children $5
Diving : Adults $7, Children $5
Finals : Adults $8, Children $5
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