SAN ANTONIO, Texas – San Diego State extended its lead in team scoring through day two of the 2013 Mountain West Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas with 291.5 points through eight events. Nevada jumped into second place with 186 points, followed by UNLV in third with 178. Wyoming currently sits in fourth place with 173 points and Boise State is in fifth with 165.5 points. New Mexico is sixth in the standings with 157 points, followed by Fresno State (148), Colorado State (102) and Air Force (96).
Seven NCAA B qualifying times were clocked in the 200-yard individual medley, led by San Diego State junior Mikaela Macklin. The junior established a Mountain West all-time record in the preliminary heats, touching the wall in 1:58.10 to surpass UNLV's Zsuzanna Jakabos' previous mark of 1:58.47, which was set during the 2009 Championships. Macklin then went on to break her own record during the championship finals, pacing the field in 1:57.73 Kim Davis, an Air Force sophomore, finished second with a time of 1:59.15, while Boise State sophomore Sydney Johansen placed third with a 1:59.79.
Nevada earned its first MW victory in a swimming event when senior Menjiao Mi edged out San Diego State junior Kelly Marquenie by .31 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle. Mi clocked a time of 4:43.10, setting a new MW Championship record, which was previously set by Marquenie (4:44.57) on Feb. 23, 2011. Marquenie finished this evening’s race at 4:43.41, while her teammate Melanie Garibaldi placed third at 4:44.90.
The Aztecs won their third relay of the meet on Thursday night, posting a time of 3:35.60 in the 400-yard medley relay, an NCAA-B cut. UNLV also posted an NCAA provisional time, placing second at 3:36.67. Wyoming rounded out the medals stand with a time of 3:39.71.
Fresno State senior Dani Yoho gave the Bulldogs their first MW swimming individual title touching the wall in 22.39 to win the 50-yard freestyle. Boise State senior Stevie Hughey came in second with a time of 22.94, followed closely in third by Wyoming junior Morgan Hartigan with a 22.95. Overall, five swimmer posted NCAA B cuts.
Nevada swept the springboard diving events to conclude the Thursday finals session. Wolf Pack junior En-tien (Grace) Huang totaled 339.30 points for the win, followed by fellow Nevada junior Stephanie Hansen, the 2013 1-meter springboard champions, with a score of 337.83.
Day three events begin with the 400-yard individual medley preliminaries at 11 a.m. CT. The finals competition starts at 6:30 p.m. CT with the 200-yard freestyle relay. The 2013 MW Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships conclude Saturday, February 23.
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