Nevada Wins 2016 Mountain West Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Nevada overcame a 39.5-point deficit on Saturday to win its first Mountain West Women’s Swimming and Diving title in one of the tightest championship finishes in Conference history. The Wolf Pack, under the direction of first-year head coach Neil Harper, tallied 664 points across 21 events at the Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, Texas, edging out Boise State by 13 points.
Over the final three events, Nevada junior Sita Kusserow won the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:58.68, while senior Erin Fuss added 15 points with fourth place in the event. The Wolf Pack divers added to their successful run through the meet with three places among the top four in the platform, the second-to-last event of the meet. Senior Krysta Palmer, the Mountain West Diver of the Year for the second year in a row, won the event with a 362.15, followed by freshmen Zoe Lei in second and Sharae Zheng in fourth. Nevada finished second in the 400-yard medley relay to hold on to the lead. For the fourth year in a row, Wolf Pack diving coach Jian Li You was named the MW Diving Coach of the Year.
Boise State won four of the five relays in the meet, including the 400 medley relay with an NCAA automatic-qualifying and all-time MW time of 3:15.38. Senior Sam Wicks, the 2016 MW Swimmer of the Year and Senior Recognition Award recipient, earned five wins in the meet, including individual crowns in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. She also was a part of three winning relay teams for the Broncos and finished second in the 200-yard backstroke. First-year Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp was named 2016 MW Swimming Coach of the Year.
San Diego State finished in third place with 511 points, while Wyoming took fourth place with 457. UNLV was fifth with 373 followed by San José State (258), New Mexico (248), Colorado State (223), Air Force (207) and Fresno State (182).
Fresno State rookie Ugne Mazutaityte took home Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors after a strong meet performance that included a win in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday evening. Mazutaityte won the race with a 1:54.47, one of 15 swimmers in the finals to record an NCAA ‘B’ cut.
· Air Force junior Genevieve Miller won her second event of the meet with an MW all-time record of 16:01.39 in the 1650-yard freestyle, surpassing the previous Championship record of 16:13.01 that she set in 2015 and the overall record of 16:10.58 that she hit at the 2015 NCAA National Championships. San José State senior Riley Spitser finished second with an NCAA ‘B’ cut of 16:22.79, while Air Force senior Sara Menke just missed the mark in third place with a 16:31.47.
· UNLV senior Michelle Troup won the 100-yard freestyle crown with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 49.12. She led a group of eight swimmers in the finals to reach the qualifying mark. Second-place finisher Whitney Weisz of San Diego State swam a 49.14, followed by Wyoming senior Emily Ridout with a 49.17.
· Nevada senior Yawen Li contributed to the Wolf Pack team victory with a win in the 200-yard breaststroke for the third year in a row. Li swam a 2:10.58, followed by Wyoming sophomore Maria Harutjunjan in second at 2:12.18 and Nevada junior Arantxa Medina with a third-place time of 2:13.33.
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the meet is available through the MW Championship Central page at TheMW.com.