Nevada to compete at New Mexico quadrangular

Yawen Li has posted the fastest time in the MW in three events this season.

Nov. 21, 2013

RENO, Nev. –  After a week off the University of Nevada swimming & diving team travels to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete a quadrangular hosted by the University of New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.  The Wolf Pack will compete against Wyoming, Grand Canyon University and the host Lobos at Seidler Natatorium in the two day competition.  There will be eight events each day of the two day meet.  

The Pack takes a 2-1 record into this weekend’s competition after home wins over Pacific and Fresno State followed by a close two-point loss to UC Davis.

“The quad meet in New Mexico will be a lot of firsts for our team – first travel meet, first multi-team meet, first multiple session meet,” second-year head coach Abby Steketee said.  “The event format and level of competition will be very good preparation for the MW Championships.  We’re focused on making technical and strategic improvements based on results from our first three meets; it’ll really be about that individual progress combined with team tenacity.”

The divers will head to Tucson, Ariz. to compete in the Wildcat Diving Invitational.  The diving results from the invitational will be used in the calculation of team scores for the quadrangular.  Teams expected to compete are: Arizona, New Mexico, UCLA, USC, BYU, Northern Arizona, Wyoming, Boise State, UNLV, SDSU and the Wolf Pack.

“The divers will be at the Wildcat Invitational in Arizona and are excited to compete on platform for the first time this season,” Steketee said.  “It’ll be great for them to compete against divers from around the country, including the PAC-12.  We’re very thankful to the many donors who helped make these travel meets possible.”

Five Pack swimmers have times that currently rank in the top 10 in the Mountain West.  Yawen Li has the top time in three events, the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.38), 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.46) and 400-yard individual medley (4:20.43).  Li is fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.09) and fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:19.22).

Sita Kusserow ranks fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.01), fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (56.35) and ninth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.64).  Teresa Baerens appears in three events; sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.78), seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (51.82) and is eighth with a time of 1:52.74 in the 200-yard freestyle.  

Lulu Vieira posted a time of 2:04.60 in the 200-yard backstroke to rank eighth in the event.  Sophie Cieplucha’s time of 4:30.39 in the 400-yard IM ranks as the eighth fastest time in the MW.  

Two-time MW Diver of the Week Grace Huang has the top scores in the 1-meter (322.43) and 3-meter (367.20) events.    Teammate Stephanie Hansen ranks second in the 3-meter with a score of 336.60 and fifth in the 1-meter at 298.27.  Krysta Palmer’s score of 307.72 in the 1-meter is third and 311.65 in the 3-meter ranks sixth.



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