Jan. 19, 2013
RENO, Nev.--Clawing tooth-and-nail until the final race, the University of Nevada swimming and diving team was unable to topple San Jose State on Saturday, falling 160-140 to the Spartans in a dual meet at the Lombardi Pool.
The senior-day loss, which saw nine swimmers compete at home for the final time, dropped the Wolf Pack to 4-3 overall this year, while San Jose State improved to 7-1 with the win.
Nevada trailed by 7 points when the final race began, but a one-two finish from San Jose State in the 200-yard freestyle relay gave the Spartans a 20-point victory.
In the pool, individual event victories came from seniors Mengjaio Mi and Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn, as well as Luiza Vieira, while Grace Huang added two wins on the diving board. Mi continued four years of dominance in freestyle races at Lombardi, winning the 200 (1:52.83) and 500-yard (5:06.40) races.
Vieira also won twice, taking the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 58.34 and the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 2:07.17. Thaveesupsoonthorn's victory came in the 200-yard IM, where she touched the wall first at 2:08.87.
Huang won both boards on Saturday, getting the better of her competition in the three-meter discipline by more than 40 points. Her winning score of 343.80 earned nine points for the Pack in the meet. The second best three-meter mark of the day was recorded by her teammate, Stephanie Hansen, at 299.70. Huang scored 302.47 points in the one-meter event, earning another nine for Nevada as a team.
Swimming for the final time at home, senior Gabby Guieb finished second in the 200-yard butterfly at 2:06.34. Additionally, seniors Alysse Ploussard and Ashley Kunz closed out their home careers in style. Ploussard finished third in the 200 back at 2:10.10. Kunz finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:25.76.
Nevada will compete next at the season-ending Mountain West Championships, held in San Antonio, Texas, from February 20-23.