Feb. 21, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Looking to bring a title back to Reno, the University of Nevada swimming and diving team will compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championships from Wednesday-Saturday, at Palo Alto College, this week in San Antonio, Texas.
The 200-meter medley relay will be the first event, and will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. It will be one of two races, along with the 800-meter freestyle relay, to take place on night one.
The schedule will ramp up on Thursday, with five events scheduled, including the one-meter dive. Day two's action will begin at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday will feature the bulk of the scheduled competition, with 14 and 13 events scheduled respectively. In concert with Thursday's schedule, competition on the final two days will begin at 11 a.m.
Nevada posted a 7-1-1 dual record this season, after going 2-0 in a tri-dual meet with San Jose State and North Dakota on Monday, as part of final preparations for the conference event. The Pack beat SJSU 28-20 and UND 44-4.
"The meet was a great start to a long week" head coach Mike Richmond said. "SJSU is definitely the favorite to win the conference meet this year, and with North Dakota being new to our championships, it was a good way to see them in advance."
The tune-up event allowed Richmond and his staff to get one final look at the teams the Wolf Pack will be competing against for the remainder of the week. In the pool, the Pack will be led by a number of swimmers.
Jojo Mi, a sophomore from Beijing, China, has been Nevada's strongest freestyle swimmer in 2012, particularly in middle-distance events. She was strongest in Nevada's closest dual meets. Winning three times in a 137-100 win over Pacific and three times in a 158.5-141.5 win over Fresno State, Mi asserted herself as a key component in the Nevada attack.
Gabby Guieb also had a strong 2012, putting in a similarly impressive performance against the Bulldogs. She won the 200-yard butterfly and breaststroke, as well as the 400-yard IM.
On the diving board, the four-woman squad will be led by sophomore Grace Huang and senior Melyssa Charlton. Huang was the WAC Diver of the Week twice during the regular season. At one point, she held the highest individual mark in the conference in each of the three disciplines (one meter, three meter and platform dive).
Charlton has pushed Huang for top-team honors at every turn this year, finishing with the second-best Nevada score on three occasions. Her strongest performance came against Fresno State as well, as she placed second in the one-meter dive with a score of 288.75 and third in the three-meter dive with a score of 284.93.
Live scoring will be available at www.nevadawolfpack.com and at the swimming page at www.wacsports.com. Additionally, the WAC will be streaming the finals of all four nights. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.