Feb. 25, 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The University of Nevada swimming and diving team finished fifth at the WAC Championships with 377 total points Saturday, and earned multiple individual honors on the final day of the event at Palo Alto College.
Sophomore Grace Huang was named the WAC Diver of the Year, earning the honor for the first time in her career. She is Nevada's first diver of the year since Kate Oines in 2002. After a trip to the Wildcat Diving Invitational last November, Huang held the highest mark in the conference in each of the three diving disciplines (1-meter, 3-meter and platform).
In terms of overall score, she was Nevada's highest scoring diver in each of the Wolf Pack's events in 2011-12.
In concert with Huang's success on the board, Jian Li You was named the WAC Diving Coach of the Year. It is the third time in her 16-year career she has been named the top coach in the conference. She also earned the honor in 2001 and 2004.
Stephanie Hansen had a strong final day in the platform event, improving from last year's fourth place finish to grab silver with a score of 272.55. Huang was third (248.80). Fresno State sophomore Hannah Prigge won the platform diving with a score of 285.15.
In the pool on the final day of the event, Jojo Mi continued to be Nevada's strongest competitor. She won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:33.57, two seconds faster than her winning time from last year. On the first full day of competition Thursday, Mi won the 500-yard freestyle for the third consecutive year, taking the race with a time of 4:46.21. Saturday she was within a second of winning again, finishing second in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.76.
Nevada was 7-1-1 in dual-meet competition this season.
Individual Honors (as voted upon by the WAC coaches)
Swimmer of the Year - Marisa Dewames, Jr.,San Jose State
Diver of the Year - Grace Huang, So., Nevada
Freshman of the Year - Aliena Schmidtke, New Mexico State
Diving Coach of the Year - Jian Li You, Nevada
Coach of the Year - Sage Hopkins, San Jose State