Nevada Within Three-Points Of Hawai`i After Two Days Of WAC Swimming & Diving Championships
Feb. 23, 2006
San Antonio, Texas - The University of Nevada swimming and diving team trailed the University of Hawai`i by 14 points after the first day of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championships being held at the Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas, but a strong second day have the Wolf Pack within three-points of the Rainbow Wahine. UH leads the meet with 248 points followed by the Pack with 245 points. Northern Arizona(231.5pts), San Jose State(191.5pts), Idaho(126pts), New Mexico State(117pts), and San Diego(92pts) round out the field.
Five events were contested on Thursday and one of the Pack's top scoring events was the 200-yard IM were four swimmers finished in the top 10 to earn the squad 51 team points. Li Bei and Sha Sha took third and fourth respectively. Larissa Cadag was sixth and Mallory Welker 10th.
In the grueling 500-yard freestyle Bobbie Lee Reese was Nevada's top placer taking fifth. Stephanie Braun and Stephanie Smith were ninth and 16th respectively. The trio earned the Wolf Pack 24 points in the event.
JayDee Huppert swam to a fifth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and teammate Michaela Schmidt was ninth. The duo earned the Pack 23 points for their efforts.
All six Pack divers scored points in the 1-meter event to earn the team 51 points in the event. The 51 points equaled what Nevada scored in the 200-yard IM for high honors in an event on the day. Senior Devon Owen was second with a score of 295.10. Freshman Candice Minette's scored of 253.45 was good for sixth and junior Kristen Littell totaled 235.50 points to place eighth. Senior Jessica Gale was 11th, junior Samantha Rose 14th, and freshman Trisha Wesner 16th.
The Pack's 200-yard freestyle relay comprised of Bei, Kim Kabesh, Huppert, and Schmidt swam to a fourth place finish which netted the team 30 points.
Day three of the four day championship gets underway on Friday morning.