Nevada Wins 11-of-12 Events To Down Idaho 131-83
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada (6-2) swimming and diving team won 11-of-12 events to defeat the University of Idaho (6-6) in a Western Athletic Conference dual 131-83 at Lombardi Pool on the Nevada campus. With the win the Wolf Pack improved to 6-2 on the season while the Vandals are now 6-6. With a comfortable lead after six events Nevada chose to score just one athlete or relay in the final six events of the meet.
Prior to the start of the meet seven Pack seniors Alyson Armstrong (Reno, Nev.), Courtney Eads (Upland, Calif.), Summer Halwas-Morgan (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.), JayDee Huppert (Billings, Mont.), Kim Kabesh (Viking, Alberta, Canada), Candice Minette (Glendale, Ariz.) and Stephanie Smith (Scottsdale, Ariz.) were honored for their contributions to Nevada swimming & diving.
Nevada opened the meet by taking the top two spots in 400-yard medley relay. The “A” squad of Jeanette Tour (So., Stockholm, Sweden), Margaret Doolittle (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.), Kabesh and Huppert won the event in a time of 3:55.64. The “B” team comprised of Breena Sutton (Jr., Selah, Wash.), Sarah Shields (Jr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Marichi Gandionco (Quezon City, Philippines) and Smith swam 4:00.31 to place second.
Three Pack athletes won two individual events in the meet. Eads (Upland, Calif.) won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.87 and the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:40.26. Doolittle was victorious in the 50-yard breaststroke posting a time of 29.74 and her time of 52.91 in the 100-yard freestyle earned her another first.
Minette (Glendale, Ariz.) led a Nevada sweep in the 1-meter with score of 328.15. Freshman Melyssa Charlton (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) was second with her score of 279.85 and sophomore Heather Ramirez (Mission Viejo, Calif.) took third scoring 273.75 points. Minette scored 356.45 in the 3-meter two win her second event of the meet.
Tour swam 27.21 in the 50-yard backstroke to win the event. Kabesh won the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 26.31. Junior Miranda Moore (Spokane, Wash.) won the longest event of the day, the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:51.81.
Shields finished second to Doolittle in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 31.28. Huppert was third in the 50-yard freestyle with her time of 25.25.
Katie Hendricks was the only Idaho swimmer to win an event placing first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.56.
In the final event of the meet the Pack 800-yard freestyle relay squad of Danielle Maddock (Jr., Bismarck, N.D.), Kabesh, Gandionco and Eads won with a time of 7:55.44.
Nevada will now take a break from competition before departing for winter training trips. The diving team will travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to train and compete at the College Swimming & Diving Training camp Jan. 1-8. The swimmers will train Jan. 1-8 in Costa Rica and compete against the University of Costa Rica during the trip.