Swimming Named Conference Favorite In Preseason Poll

Sept. 18, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A voting panel comprised of the nine Mountain West head women's swimming & diving coaches has chosen San Diego State as the favorite to win the 2013 MW championship title, edging out defending champion Boise State by one point. The Aztecs collected four first-place votes and 60 total points, while Boise State was selected to finish second with 59 points and claimed five first-place votes.

One point also separates third and fourth place as UNLV collected 48 points for third place, just ahead of Wyoming in fourth with 47 points. Colorado State (34 points) and New Mexico (26 points) claimed fifth and sixth place, respectively, followed by Fresno State (seventh, 22 points), Nevada (eighth, 17 points) and Air Force (ninth, 11 points). The 2013 title will be contested on Feb. 20-23 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas.

San Diego State returns 17 letterwinners, including 12 all-conference honorees, from last season's Mountain West runner-up team. The squad also included five athletes who qualified for last July's Olympic Trials.

Senior Katelyn Weddle leads the group of returnees and will be working to defend her MW title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Junior Anna Steiner is back to lead a strong group of divers for the Aztecs. Steiner earned all-MW honors and competed at the NCAA Championships in all three diving events in 2011-12.

SDSU gets its 2012-13 season under this Friday, Sept. 21, when it hosts a pentathlon meet against the University of San Diego at 2:00 p.m. at the Aztec Aquaplex.

       2012-13 MOUNTAIN WEST
     WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
      PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
Pl.  Team (1st place votes)  Points
 1.  San Diego State (4).......60
 2.  Boise State (5)...........59
 3.  UNLV......................48
 4.  Wyoming...................47
 5.  Colorado State............34
 6.  New Mexico................26
 7.  Fresno State..............22
 8.  Nevada....................17
 9.  Air Force.................11