Feb. 18, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada swimming & diving team begins competition at the 2014 Mountain West Championship on Wednesday. The championship is being held Feb. 19-22 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas.
This year's Championships will feature a live webstream of all sessions. The live stream is available on the Mountain West Network (TheMW.com/#!/watch-live). There is no charge for the video streams.
Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information from the meet is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page at TheMW.com/#!/page/championship_c-swim. In addition, fans can monitor results through the Meet Mobile app 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.
"We've focused on peaking at the Mountain West Championship," second year head coach Abby Steketee said. "The team is very fit, technically sharp, and cohesive - all of the right ingredients for personal records, school records, and great competition. We're determined to improve on our fifth place finish from last season and are looking forward to being the best team we can be down in San Antonio."
In a poll of the 10 MW coaches Nevada was picked to finish fifth behind Boise State, San Diego State, Wyoming and San Jose State. The Wolf Pack earned 42 points, one more than UNLV's 41.
Points in the Governor's Series between intrastate rivals Nevada and UNLV in swimming & diving will also be determined at the MW Championship. The team that finishes highest will earn three Governor's Series points. Last season the Rebels finished fourth and earned the three points with the Wolf Pack placing fifth.
On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.
Nevada's strong diving group is key to how the Pack finishes again this season. The Pack returns the champion in all three events from the 2013 MW Championship. Senior Stephanie Hansen, the 2013 MW Diver of the Year, won the 1-meter and platform last season. Hansen finished second in the 3-meter. Senior Grace Huang captured the 3-meter and placed second in the platform. Three times this season Huang has been named MW Diver of the Week.
The Pack's top swimmer heading into the championship is sophomore Yawen Li. The versatile swimming holds Nevada records in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM.
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