Feb. 21, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A pair of University of Nevada swimming & diving underclassmen, Yawen Li and Teresa Baerens, won individual titles on day three of the 2014 Mountain West Championship being held at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center to keep the Wolf Pack in third place in the team standings. The Pack’s 319 points is behind Boise State (477) and San Diego State (458.5).
Wyoming (290), UNLV (221.5), New Mexico (218), San Jose State (198), Air Force (193), Colorado State (131) and Fresno State (126) round out the field.
“From top to bottom, the team had another outstanding day with every single swimmer achieving a personal record,” head coach Abby Steketee said.
Li, a sophomore, won the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:07.09. Li broke her own school record set earlier this season, broke the Palo Alto College pool record and improved her personal best time by 5 seconds. Three of Li’s teammates also scored points in the event as Sophia Cieplucha placed 10th, Nicole Longland was 12th and Kaelie Reviglio took 16th.
Freshman Teresa Baerens swam 1:46.56 to win the 200-yard freestyle. The Pack repeated as champions in the event as former Wolf Pack swimmer Mengjiao Mi was victorious last season. Baerens was just 0.2 off Mi’s MW Championship record set last season. Michelle Forman placed 15th in the event to score team points for the Pack.
Arantxa Medina-Alegria advanced to the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke and finished eighth in a time of 1:02.51. Luiza Vieira swam 54.85 in the 100-yard backstroke to place 11th.
In the 100-yard butterfly Sita Kusserow placed 11th and Erin Fuss 16th to add points to the team total.
The Pack relay of Vieira, Medina-Alegria, Kusserow and Andrea Kostecki scored 24 points placing seventh in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:42.30.
Seven events will be contested on the final day of the championship; 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving and 400-yard freestyle relay.
A free, live webstream of every session is available on TheMW.com (http://www.themw.com/#!/watch-live) with finals highlights available on the MW Championship Central page (http://www.themw.com/#!/page/championship_c-swim) at the conclusion of each day.
Fans can also direct their mobile devices to TheMW.com 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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