Nov. 7, 2013
RENO, Nev. - The swimming and diving season started just three weeks ago for the University of Nevada but Saturday's home dual with UC Davis at 2 p.m. is the final home competition for the Wolf Pack this season. Saturday is also Senior Day as eight seniors will be recognized for their contributions to Pack swimming & diving.
"UC Davis is the fastest team we've faced yet, but instead of focusing on them, we're focusing on ourselves and how we can be our best from start to finish," second-year head coach Abby Steketee said. "As usual, we'll pinpoint several technical goals and defend our home pool with everything we've got."
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Debbie Meyer will be a special guest of the Wolf Pack on Saturday. Meyer became the first female swimmer to win three individual gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City in the 200, 400 and 800 meter freestyle events. She will be the honorary bell ringer for the 1000-yard freestyle on Saturday and will be recognized during the meet.
The eight seniors are Jennifer Arnold, Leslie Foley, Stephanie Hansen, Grace Huang, Andrea Kostecki, Nikki Longland, Rachel O'Connor and Raquel Teran-Sanchez. Arnold, Hansen and Huang are divers while the other five are swimmers.
"With a range of personalities and career interests, this group of seniors is diverse and fascinating," Steketee said. "They have varied styles of leadership but each contributes to the team energy in her own way. I'm excited to help them finish their collegiate careers with no regrets and thank them for being such vibrant members of Nevada swimming and diving."
Nevada began the season with two dominating home wins 135-70 over Pacific and defeated Fresno State 174-119 last Saturday. Nevada won 15-of-16 events in the win over FS and 10-of-13 in the Pacific dual.
"Our divers shined on the boards and our swimmers executed their turns and finishes very well," Steketee said on the win over Fresno State. " It was great to see the team's tenacity from top to bottom; grabbing so many second and third place finishes shows that our "depth" swimmers--not just our top swimmers--are determined to do their best in contributing points."
Six Pack swimmers have times that currently rank in the top 10 in the Mountain West. Yawen Li's time of 2:16.37 in the 200-yard breaststroke is the fastest in the MW this season while her time of 2:04.09 in the 200-yard IM ranks third. Sita Kusserow also ranks in two events in the MW top 10. Kusserow's time of 1:52.84 in the 200-yard freestyle is eighth fastest and her time of 2:06.83 in the 200-yard butterfly is seventh.
Michelle Forman's 10:25.64 in the 1000-yard freestyle ranks sixth. Lulu Vieira posted a time of 2:04.60 in the 200-yard backstroke to rank sixth in the event. Sophie Cieplucha's time of 2:07.69 in the 200-yard IM ranks as the eighth fastest time in the MW. Rachel O'Connor's 2:07.28 in the 200-yard fly is ninth.
Diver Grace Huang was named the MW Diver of the Week and her score of 321.97 in the 1-meter is the best in the MW while her score of 327.90 is second in the 3-meter. Teammate Stephanie Hansen has the top score in the MW in the 3-meter at 336.60.
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