San Antonio, Texas - The University of Nevada swimming and diving team used a sweep in the 200-yard IM to remain on top after two days of the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships being hosted at Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. The Wolf Pack led by six points after yesterday’s two events but increased that to 10 points after today’s five events were completed. The Pack is looking to repeat as WAC Champions after winning the schools first title last season. Nevada has 246 points followed by Northern Arizona with 236 points. Hawai`i sits in third with 200 points and San Jose State is fourth with a score of 192.
Sophomore Margaret Doolittle led the Pack to a sweep of the top three spots in the 200-yard IM. Doolittle, placed second in the event at last year’s championship on the way to earning WAC 2007 Freshman of the Year honors but won swam to a first place finish today. Her time today of 2:01.08 was an NCAA B cut and outdistanced teammates Summer Halwas-Morgan and Bobbie Lee Reese. Halwas-Morgan finished with a time of 2:04.32 to place second and Reese swam 2:05.73 to take third.
Sophomore Danielle Maddock placed third in the grueling 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:01.09 and yet another sophomore, Miranda Moore scored points with her 12th place finish in the event.
Three Nevada swimmers scored points for the squad in the 50-yard freestyle. Senior Michaela Schmidt who won the event last season was the Pack’s top finisher taking fourth with a time of 23.77. Senior Nonie Wainwright placed 11th after finishing second a year ago and junior JayDee Huppert finished 12th.
Two Pack divers scored top seven finishes in the 1-meter event today. Junior Candice Minette placed second with an NCAA B cut score of 297.90. Sophomore Chelsea Sawyer also had an NCAA B cut score with her 272.25 to finish seventh.
In the final event of the night the Pack 200-yard freestyle relay squad comprised of Doolittle, Huppert, Wainwright, and Schmidt swam 1:33.90 to finish second behind San Jose State.
Day three of the four day championship continues tomorrow as six individual event champions will be crowned and the day concludes with the 400-yard medley relay.