Undefeated swimming & diving captures WAC crown
San Antonio, Texas - The University of Nevada swimming & diving team took the lead on day two of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championships and went on to win its first WAC title outdistancing the University of Hawai`i, who won the meet last season, 810.5 to 730 at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas.
Head coach Mike Shrader was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the second time and freshman Margaret Doolittle earned Freshman of the Year honors. Shrader also earned the honor in 2002 when the Wolf Pack finished second. Doolittle made it two years in a row for Nevada having the WAC Freshman of the Year as Kim Kabesh earned the honor a year ago.
Doolittle who won the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday and placed second in the 200-yard IM on Thursday, captured the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday night in an NCAA provisional time of 2:16.75. Senior Mallory Welker was sixth and freshman Sarah Shields 11th. The trio earned 39 team points in the event.
Five Pack swimmers placed in the top 11 of the 100-yard freestyle to score 59 team points. Junior Bobbie Lee Reese, junior Nonie Wainwright, and sophomore JayDee Huppert took spots five thru eight respectively. Freshman Danielle Maddock and senior Larissa Cadag finished in 10th and 11th.
Nevada placed four swimmers in the top 15 of the 200-yard butterfly to score 44 points in the event. Kabesh and junior Michaela Schmidt place second and third with times of 2:00.52 and 2:02.99 respectively. A pair of sophomores Stephanie Braun and Alyson Armstrong were 10th and 13th.
Senior Li Bei earned the team 17 points with her second place finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Bei's time in the event was 2:01.87. In the first event of the night freshman Miranda Moore placed sixth in the grueling 1,650-yard freestyle and Armstrong was 13th which earned the team 17 points.
The Pack divers were again strong placing five in the top 15 of the platform event to earn 56 points toward the championship on Saturday. Senior Kristen Littell scored 228.30 to place second. Freshmen Ashley Potoc and Chelsea Sawyer were fourth and fifth with scores of 222.75 and 211.35 respectively. Sophomore Candice Minette took 11th and senior Samantha Rose placed 14th. In the three diving events contested during the championship the Pack divers earned 156 team points.
In the final event of the meet the Pack 400-yard freestyle relay of Reese, Maddock, Cadag, and Schmidt swam to a second place finish in a time of 3:26.90 to score the final 32 points of Nevada's championship performance.