Nov. 23, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Nevada swimming & diving team went 2-1 competing at the two day New Mexico quadrangular that concluded today. The Wolf Pack edged New Mexico 176-175 and easily defeated Grand Canyon 252-91. The loss came to Wyoming by a score of 209-144. The Pack stands at 4-2 in dual competition and will not compete again until Jan, 10 at UC Santa Barbara.
The dual with New Mexico was decided by the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the meet. The Pack finished second in a time of 3:49.17 edging the Lobos who took third in a time of 3:50.90. Nevada's team was comprised of Lulu Vieira, Yawen Li, Sita Kusserow and Teresa Baerens. Wyoming won the event in time of 3:46.34.
Li followed her first and second place finishes on Friday with a pair of victories on Saturday. Li won the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:26.98 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:17.63. The Pack took three of the top four spots in the 200-yard breaststroke as Arantxa Medina-Alegria was second and Sophie Cieplucha fourth. Medina-Alegria also finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle.
Four Pack swimmers placed in the top eight in the 400-yard individual medley as Cieplucha was third, Nikki Longland fifth and Kaelie Reviglio took eighth behind Li's first place finish.
After winning the 200-yad freestyle on Friday, Baerens placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.02 on Saturday.
Kusserow took third in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 56.75 after placing third in the 200-yard butterfly on Friday.
Vieira took fourth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:04 and Jessica Fontaine placed ninth swimming a time of 2:11.99. Riley Hilbrandt was the Pack's top swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle placing sixth in a time of 5:15.42.
The day began with the 200-yard freestyle relay team that included Medina-Alegria, Kusserow, Andrea Kostecki and Baerens swimming a time of 1:3.93 to finish fourth.
The divers competed at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. and those results from today's 1-meter preliminary round were used in the calculation of the quadrangular team scores. The Pack took spots three, four and five led by Grace Huang's score of 258.10. Kyrsta Palmer (254.10) and Stephanie Hansen (253.55) were fourth and fifth respectively. Jennifer Arnold finished ninth with a score of 185.10.
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