Nevada third after two days of Mountain West Championship

Yawen Li set the school record with her third place finish in the 200-yard IM.

Feb. 20, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -  The University of Nevada swimming & diving team is in third place with 216 points after two days of the Mountain West Championship being held at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.   Boise State is first with 276.50 points followed by San Diego State with 239.50.

Wyoming (160), New Mexico (140), UNLV (131), Air Force (126) and San Jose State (104) are the next five teams.  Fresno State and Colorado State are tied for ninth with 93 points.

Four Nevada swimmers scored points in the 200-yard IM led by sophomore Yawen Li and freshman Teresa Baerens who placed third and fourth respectively with times of 1:59:16 and 1:59.52.  Both marks times were better than the previous school record of Lise Mackie of 2:00.33 set in 1997.

It is the third school record set in the last two days.  The first two were set on Wednesday in the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle.

For the second day in a row the Pack put three divers in the finals and they produced scoring 46 team points.  Senior Grace Huang, the winner of the 1-meter on Wednesday, placed second with a score of 331.02.  Sophomore Krysta Palmer took third with a score of 317.64 and senior Stephanie Hansen finished sixth scoring 302.94.  New Mexico's Megan Harper won with score of 337.20.  The final diving event of the championship is the platform on Saturday.

Freshman Arantxa Medina-Alegra was 11th, senior Nicole Longland took 15th and Sita Kusserow was 16th.

Junior Michelle Forman swam 4:53.76 in the 500-yard freestyle to finish 12th and score five team points in the event.  

The 200-yard freestyle relay of Forman, Medina-Alegria, Riley Hilbrandt and Andrea Kostecki earned 18 points for the Pack finishing ninth in a time of 1:33.94.

Friday's six events are; 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and 400-yard medley relay.
A free, live webstream of every session is available on (!/watch-live) with finals highlights available on the MW Championship Central page (!/page/championship_c-swim) at the conclusion of each day.

Fans can also direct their mobile devices to for live streams, live results, team scores, highlights and more information from the meet.

In addition, fans can monitor results through Meet Mobile on their handheld devices.  The Active Network application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets. Fans also can follow #MWSD14 or @MW_OlySports on Twitter for updates throughout the week.

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