Jan. 28, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada swimming and diving team swept Seattle in two dual meets Saturday at the Lombardi pool, winning the first 53-38 and the second 130-75.
The day's action moved Nevada to 5-1, while Seattle fell to 2-7.
The dual meets also marked the last time four seniors, Amanda Caines, Melyssa Charlton, Karli Howe and Chelsey Larsen, would be in front of the Wolf Pack faithful. Nevada will close its season on the road, chasing another conference title and NCAA births in San Antonio, Texas, at the 2012 WAC Championships.
In the first dual meet, which consisted of five relay events, Nevada jumped out to an early lead and did not give it up. The Wolf Pack was ahead 19-17 after two events.
In the third event, the 300-yard backstroke relay, Nevada earned a win and 13 total points, pushing its lead to 32-22. In a modified format, each swimmer completed 100 yards, with three to a team. The trio of Alysse Ploussard, Jojo Mi and Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn won the event with a time of 2:00.03. As the Redhawks do not have divers, there was no diving event in either dual meet.
In the second dual meet, which consisted of 11 events, including individuals and relays, Nevada employed a similar strategy to earn the victory.
The Pack won nine of the 11 events, including the first, the 200-yard medley relay. Ploussard was joined by Gabby Guieb, Ashley Kunz and Michelle Forman, with the team coming in at 1:50.51 and earning Nevada 11 team points.
Guieb also won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:08.53 and the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:11.64.
Jojo Mi turned in two individual wins, topping the field in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events. In the 500 free, she came in at 5:07.60. In the 1,000 free, she posted a time of 10:27.88.
Karla Ruff won the 200-yard freestyle for Seattle, coming in less than a half a second ahead of Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn. Seattle's Alexis Morehouse won the 200-yard breaststroke as well.
The time trials for the WAC Championships will be held on February 21, with the event held the following four days, February 22-25.