Nevada Set to Compete at First Mountain West Championships
Feb. 18, 2013
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada swimming and diving team will conclude its season at the Mountain West Championships this week, beginning four days of competition in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
“We are focused on the factors we can control and plan to savor the challenges ahead,” head coach Abby Steketee said. “I’m not looking for one individual to stand-out; I’m looking for each student-athlete to contribute in her own unique way so that the entire team shines together.”
The Pack posted a 4-3 record in dual competition this season, with two of its wins coming over teams it will see in Texas this week. On October 27, the Pack defeated Fresno State 151-141 in a meet at the Bulldog Aquatic Center. Later in the Fall, the Pack beat New Mexico at home, winning 160.5-139.5 at the Lombardi Pool on November 10.
Nevada senior Mengjiao Mi will lead the Pack into the pool on Wednesday, with junior En Tien “Grace” Huang taking the Pack divers to the conference event in fine form.
Mi has the fastest time of any time of any Nevada swimmer in each of the sprint freestyle events. In terms of conference ranking, Mi has the 14th best time in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:51.41. She also has the 22nd best time to date in the 500 free at 5:00.48.
Huang has been named the MW Diver of the Week on three occasions this season, earning the honor for the weeks of November 14, October 31 and January 21.
Even with Mi and Huang leading the Pack into the season-ending event, Steketee stressed her desire for the team to compete as one unit, rather than counting on any individual to do more than their part.
“Our preparation is complete,” Steketee said. “We carry the same values into this meet as we’ve brought into all of our meets thus far: Competitions - even competition at championships - aren’t just about the final score, they’re really about learning as individuals and growing as a team.”
Misha Fotoohi, Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn, Gabby Guieb, Luiza Vieira and Winter-semester transfer Yawen Li, among a host of other Wolf Pack swimmers and divers, will be expected to contribute to the overall success of the team this week.
Steketee said that the team feels ready to put its best performance of the season in at the conference event.
“We are physically and mentally ready to peak at the MWC Championships.”
Last season, the Pack finished fifth at the WAC Championships, earning three individual-event wins. At the conclusion of the event, Huang was named the WAC Diver of the Year, with her coach, Jian Li You, being named the coach of the year in the conference.