San Antonio, Texas - After day two of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship being contested at Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas the University of Nevada has slipped to second place with 211 points. The Wolf Pack held an eight-point advantage after day one on Wednesday but Northern Arizona leads after the second day of competitor with 245 points. Hawai`i (183), New Mexico State (166), San Jose State (162), Boise State (152), San Diego (121), Idaho (87) and Fresno State (55) round out the field.
The Pack has won the last two WAC titles and with two days of competitor remaining will need to make up some ground to earn a third consecutive title.
Nevada senior Courtney Eads (Upland, Calif.) claimed and individual title on day two winning the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:47.39.
Junior Margaret Doolittle (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.) posted a pair of top 10 finishes on Thursday. Doolittle finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:01.79 after winning the event a year ago. She then placed seventh in the 50-yard freestyle completing the sprint in 23.47. Summer Halwas-Morgan (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) took fourth in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.28.
A pair of Pack divers finished in the top five in the 1-meter event. Candice Minette (Sr., Glendale, Ariz.) scored 300.90 in the finals to take second and freshman Aniesa Debaji (Edmonton, Albert, Canada) was fifth with a score of 270.85.
The Pack 200-yard freestyle relay team of Heidi Gem Ong (So., Quezon City, Philippines), JayDee Huppert (Sr., Billings, Mont.), Sarah Shields (Jr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) and Doolittle swam 1:33.43 to place third in the final event of the day.
Day three of the four-day meet gets underway at 11:00 a.m. Central time on Friday. Seven events will be contested on day three: 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, 3-meter dive and 400-yard medley relay.
The Pack will send four 2008 champions to the pool on Friday in hopes of gaining ground on Northern Arizona. Halwas-Morgan will look to repeat in the 400-yard IM while Doolittle, the 2008 WAC Swimmer of the Year, has won the last two 100-yard breaststroke titles.
Kim Kabesh (Sr., Viking, Alberta, Canada) will seek to repeat in the 100-yard butterfly and 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year, Jeanette Tour (So., Stockholm, Sweden) is the defending champion in the 100-yard backstroke.