Las Cruces, N.M. - The University of Nevada swimming and diving team started the season by going 3-0 at the WAC Shootout in Las Cruces, N.M. today. The two-time Western Athletic Conference champions defeated New Mexico State 126-116, Northern Arizona 126-116 and Air Force 145-97 on the first day of the two day meet. The Wolf Pack won seven of the 13 events today.
Leading the way for the Pack was senior Courtney Eads (Upland, Calif.) who won three events including the longest two races the grueling 500 and 1000-yard freestyle events in times of 5:04.42 and 10:26.02 respectively. Eads also swam to a first place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:08.29.
Junior Margaret Doolittle (Sacramento, Calif.) and senior Candice Minette (Glendale, Ariz.) were double winners on Friday. Doolittle, the 2008 WAC Swimmer of the Year, won the 100-yard butterfly in 57.51 and the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.30. Minette captured the 1 and 3-meter diving events with scores of 275.25 and 285.40 respectively.
Six other Nevada athletes had top five individual finished on the day. Sophomore Jeanette Tour (Stockholm, Sweden), the 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year, placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 58.89. Sophomore Marichi Gandionco (Quezon City, Philippines) recorded a time of 58.08 in the 100-yard butterfly to place third and swam 1:56.82 in the 200-yard freestyle to finish fourth.
Sophomore diver Heather Ramirez (Mission Viejo, Calif.) posted a pair of top five finishes on day one.
Ramirez placed third overall in the 3-meter with a score of 234.65 and was third among the four dualing teams in the 1-meter with a score of 212.55. Junior Summer Halwas-Morgan (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) swam 2:09.89 in the 200-yard IM to place third among the four dualing teams..
The Pack’s 200-yard medley relay of Tour, Doolittle, Kim Kabesh and JayDee Huppert (Billings, Mont.) started the meet with a second place finish in 1:47.15. The 200-yard freestyle relay comprised of Tour, Sarah Shields (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Gandionco and Maddock ended the day fourth out of the four dualing squads.
Nevada will square of tomorrow versus San Jose State and Northern Colorado. The day two action gets underway at 9:00 a.m. pacific time.