San Diego State Wins 2013 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Feb. 23, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - San Diego State won the first event on Wednesday night and never looked back to win its second Mountain West Women's Swimming and Diving Championships title in three seasons. The Aztecs tallied 734 points across 21 events at the Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. 2012 MW champion Boise State finished in second place with 575 points, followed by Wyoming in third with 509 points. UNLV took fourth place with 444 points, while Nevada was fifth with 390 points. New Mexico came in at sixth in the standings with 296 points, followed by Colorado State (276), Fresno State (257) and Air Force (211).
In addition to the team trophy, several individual awards were handed out in San Antonio on Saturday night. San Diego State junior Mikaela Macklin, who captured three individual titles at the meet, was named the 2013 MW Women's Swimmer of the Year, while Aztecs' head coach Mike Shrader earned his fourth Mountain West Women's Swimming Coach of the Year honor. Nevada junior Stephanie Hansen received 2013 MW Women's Diver of the Year accolades in the Wolf Pack's first season in the Mountain West, while Nevada diving coach Jian Li You was named the 2013 Mountain West Women's Diving Coach of the Year.
Colorado State senior Breann Fuller set the all-time MW 200-yard backstroke record in the last heat of the morning preliminaries with a 1:54.40, passing the mark of 1:55.27 set in the previous heat by UNLV senior Carmen Robb. However, it was San Diego State senior Leona Jennings who edged out the record-breakers to win her first championship in the event. Jennings, who clocked a time of 1:54.43, previously has finished second in the event in each of the past three MW championships. Robb finished second in 1:54.84 and was joined on the medals stand by Fuller with a mark of 1:54.86. Overall, six swimmers recorded NCAA-B cuts in the finals.
Nine NCAA provisional times were logged in the 200-yard breaststroke finals, led by San Diego State junior Mikaela Macklin, who added the 200-yard breaststroke to her trio of wins during the Championships. Macklin, who previously swept the individual medley events in this year's meet, edged teammate and MW record holder in the event Katelyn Weddle with a time of 2:11.38. Weddle, a senior, tied for second with Boise State junior Chelsea Miller with times of 2:12.73.
Nevada senior Mengjiao Mi completed her swept of the distance medley races with a NCAA-B cut of 16:19.32 in the 1,650-yard freestyle race. Mi pulled away in the final lap from MW record holder Kelly Marquenie of San Diego State, who touched in a B-cut 16:22.28 for second. UNLV junior Jessica Heim placed third with a time of 16:35.32.
Wyoming junior Morgan Hartigan sprinted to secure the 100-yard freestyle championship with a time of 49.76, becoming the first Cowgirl in MW history to win the event. San Diego State sophomore Madeleine Dalcamo edged out Boise State senior Stevie Hughey by a fingertip with a time of 49.85 to Hughey's 49.86 for second place. Hartigan, Dalcamo and Hughey had times that provisionally qualified for the postseason, as did Fresno State senior Danielle Yoho (49.90).
Boise State junior Rachel Heaney won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.40, the first of three NCAA-B cut times to touch the wall. Heaney defeated Wyoming teammates Jessy Badaracco (1:58.45) and Claudia Carlson (1:59.32) in second and third places, respectively.
Nevada junior Stephanie Hansen won her second event of the meet with a 270.27 in the platform dive, giving the Wolf Pack a clean sweep of this year's diving titles. Her teammate En-Tien Huang finished third with a score of 252.61, just behind Fresno State junior Hannah Prigge with a mark of 257.13 for second place.
UNLV prevented a San Diego State relay sweep by 0.23 seconds, as the Rebels concluded the meet with an NCAA B-cut of 3:18.47 to win the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Aztecs trailed with a time of 3:18.97, while Boise State joined them on the medals stand with a mark of 3:19.51 for third place.
Video highlights, results, team scores, photo galleries and more information from the meet is available through the MW Championship Central page at http://www.themwc.com/champ/swim-champ-2013.html. Fans also can follow #MWSD13 or @TheMWCOlySports on Twitter for updates throughout the postseason.