Pack Swimming & Diving Team Earns WAC Three-Peat
San Antonio, Texas - The University of Nevada swimming & diving team won its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference title on Saturday night at Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas. The Wolf Pack trailed Northern Arizona by nine points with just two events remaining but outscored the Lumberjacks 55-40 in the platform diving event to move in front and sealed the title with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Pack’s score of 639 points was 16 more than UNA’s 623.
Senior Courtney Eads (Upland, Calif.) became the second Pack Nevada swimmer to earn WAC Swimmer of the Year honors after winning three events and swimming on two first place relay squads in the four-day meet. Eads won the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:56.87 today after winning the 500-yard freestyle Thursday and the 200-yard freestyle Friday. Junior Margaret Doolittle (Sacrament, Calif.) earned the honor at last season’s meet.
Eads led four swimmers in the 200-yard butterfly that combined to score 53 points toward the title. Kim Kabesh (Sr., Viking, Alberta, Canada) was second in a time of 1:58.07 followed by sophomore Marichi Gandionco (Quezon City, Philippines) in fifth and Kim Medina (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) who took 15th.
Four Pack divers combined to score 55 points which put the Pack in front to stay. Candice Minette (Sr., Glendale, Ariz.) finished second for the third time in the meet scoring 211.20 points. Melyssa Charlton (Fr., Vancouver, British Columbia) and Heather Ramirez (So., Mission Viejo, Calif.) were fifth and sixth respectively while Aniesa Debaji (Fr., Edmonton, Albert, Canada) took eighth.
Summer Halwas-Morgan (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) swam 2:13.57 to place second in the 200-yard breaststroke and Sarah Shields (Jr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) took 12th in a time of 2:20.56.
Three Pack swimmers scored points in the grueling 1650-yard freestyle led by Miranda Moore’s (Jr., Spokane, Wash.) time of 17:18.47 which earned her a ninth place finish. Chelsey Larsen (Fr., Sparks, Nev.) and Stephanie Braun (Jr., Reno, Nev.) were 15th and 16th respectively.
Junior Danielle Maddock (Bismarck, N.D.) finished 10th in the 100-yard freestyle to earn the team points toward the title and senior JayDee Huppert (Sr., Billings, Mont.) also score points for the Pack with her 16th place finish.
Breeana Sutton (Jr., Selah, Wash.) swam to a 10th place finish in the 200-yard backstroke while sophomore Jeanette Tour (Stockholm, Sweden) the defending champion in the event was disqualified.
In the final event of the meet the Pack’s 400-yard freestyle relay squad of Kabesh, Doolittle, Maddock and Eads swam 3:22.45 to win the event and seal Nevada’s third consecutive WAC title.
Note: For fans and media wishing to meet the team they arrive at the airport at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.