San Diego State Wins 2015 Mountain West Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – San Diego State won its third Mountain West Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships title in five seasons on Saturday, February 21 at the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. The Aztecs tallied 704.5 points across 21 events at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, picking up three relay and four individual event titles
Boise State finished in second with 679.5 points, followed by Nevada in third with 507 points. Wyoming took fourth place with 420 points and UNLV was fifth with 312.5 points. Air Force came in sixth, thanks to 1-2 finishes by sophomore Genevieve Miller and junior Sara Menke in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle, with 281 points. San José State finished seventh (222), followed by Fresno State (187), New Mexico (180) and Colorado State (172.5).
In addition to the team trophy, several individual awards were handed out. Nevada junior Yawen Li, who captured three individual titles and swam on three of the Wolf Pack relay teams at the meet, was named the 2015 MW Women’s Swimmer of the Year, while her head coach Abby Steketee earned her first MW Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year honor. Nevada junior Krysta Palmer received 2015 MW Women’s Diver of the Year honors, the third consecutive Wolf Pack diver to earn the award, while Nevada diving coach Jian Li You was named the Mountain West Women’s Diving Coach of the Year for the third straight year. San José State’s Morgan McCormick was named the MW Freshman of the Year, setting a MW all-time record of 1:54.13 in the 200-yard backstroke and swimming in two additional finals and a relay for the Spartans.
Air Force senior Kim Davis was presented with the Mountain West Senior Award as selected by the Conference’s head coaches prior to the evening’s finals.
- Nevada junior Krysta Palmer set a MW overall and championship record in the preliminary round of the platform dive with a score of 344.50. Palmer set the overall mark of 328.00 last month, while the championship record of 285.95 has stood since 2006 (Kelsey Patterson, Utah). Her score of 343.50 in the finals earned her a sweep of the three diving titles in the meet. Boise State senior Erin Kohlbeck finished second with a mark of 274.60 and Wyoming junior Kari Campbell posted a score of 234.96 for third.
- Air Force finished 1-2 in the finals of the 1,650-yard freestyle. Sophomore Genevieve Miller won her second event of the meet with a MW overall record of 16:13.01, followed by junior Sara Menke in second with a ‘B’ cut of 16:28.38. Miller passed the previous record of 16:15.53 set by Kelly Marquenie of San Diego State at the 2011 MW Championships. San José State junior Riley Spitser placed third with a time of 16:32.52.
- San José State freshman Morgan McCormick earned the 200-yard backstroke title with a Mountain West all-time and championship record of 1:54.13. The previous record was established by former Colorado State swimmer Breann Fuller in the preliminary round of the 2013 MW Championships. Boise State senior Nicolette Cannon finished second with a time of 1:56.20, followed by Nevada freshman Jaeger Turner with a time of 156.33.
- Nevada junior Yawen Li shaved almost two seconds off the MW all-time and pool record with the victory in the 200-yard breaststroke finals, an NCAA provisional time of 2:08.49, a mark she set during the 2014 MW Championships. Wyoming rookie Maria Harutjunjan placed second with a time of 2:13.263, followed by UNLV sophomore Lina Rathsack in third at 2:13.88.
- San Diego State sophomore Anika Apostalon recorded a 47.88 in the 100-yard freestyle finals, just .15 off her record-setting mark of 47.73 posted at last year’s Championships. San Diego State senior Chelsea Bailey swam to a second-place finish with a 49.06, followed by Nevada sophomore Chelsea Bailey in 49.14 seconds
- San Diego State sophomore Frida Berggren won 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:58.08, followed closely by teammate Summer Harrison (Fr.) in second at 1:58.16. Boise State senior Jessica Bottelberghe placed third at 1:58.60.
- Boise State won its second relay of the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Broncos swam an NCAA provisional standard of 3:16.88 for the win. UNLV posted a time of 3:17.58 for second, followed by San Diego State in third place at 3:18.43.
Video highlights and archives of every session, along with results, team scores, photo galleries and more information from the meet is available on The MW.com (http://www.themw.com/#!/page/championship_w-swim). Fans also can follow @MW_OlySports on Twitter for updates throughout the postseason.