Nevada Swim & Dive takes second at Mountain West Championships
For the second straight year, the Nevada Wolf Pack takes silver at the 2020 Mountain West Championships with 1,015.50 points. San Diego State secured the win with 1,436.50 points.
Wyoming (903), UNLV (875.5), Colorado State (830.5) and Fresno State (810) earned third through sixth, respectively, while Boise State (807) placed seventh and New Mexico (625.5) earned eighth. San José State (490) and Air Force (389.5) rounded out the standings.
The evening began with the 1650 yard freestyle finals that saw the junior Caitlyn McHugh take bronze for the second year in a row with a time of 16:51.01. Teammate Lindsey Soule finished seventh with a time of 16:55.76.
The senior Andressa Cholodovskis had a career best finish in the 100 free with a silver medal time of 49.35. That time was good enough for a NCAA B cut time. Colette Berkenfield was in the C finals of the 100 free and clocked a time of 51.13.
Nevada posted another medal finish in Wiktoria Samula. The sophomore had a NCAA B cut time of 2:11.44 in the 200 breast to take silver while Donna dePolo finished fourth overall with a NCAA B cut time of 2:11.58. Gianni Pitto competed in the B final and took 13th overall with a time of 2:17.62 and Alexandra Hartman took 23rd with a time of 2:21.87. The four combined for 70 points.
The evening continued with the 200 fly that saw Julia Adamczyk finish seventh overall with a time of 2:01.20 in the A final while Destiny Kling finished 21st overall with a time of 2:04.70.
In the final individual swimming event, the 200 back, Soule was the top finisher for the Pack with a 16th place finish in the B final. Benedict Nagy and Montana Lloyd touched back to back in 22nd and 23rd in the C final.
On the diving side, Linnea Sorensen was the top finisher for the Pack with a fifth place finish in the platform event, scoring 257.20 points. Jessie Nowotny took 16th with 209.40 points. Laura Isabel Vazquez Lopez qualified in prelims with 264.20 but did not compete in the finals.
The night wrapped up with the 400 free relay that saw the Nevada A team take the bronze medal with a time of 3:20.87. The squad was made up of Josien Wijkhuijs, McHugh, Cholodovskis and Berkenfield.
Cholodovskis wrapped up her final Mountain West Championship scoring 86 individual points, the top point scorer for Nevada.
Now the Pack waits to see if the NCAA B cut times qualify for the championships in Athen, Georgia.