Cowgirls in Third on Day One of MW Championships


COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Cowgirl swimming and diving is tied for third place after the first day of action at the Mountain West Championships at the Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, Texas. 

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Wyoming sits tied for third after the first three events of the MW Championships with 166 points. Boise State leads the field with 200 points, followed closely by Nevada with 198 points. San Diego State matched Wyoming’s performance with 166 points. New Mexico is fifth with 115 points and San Jose State sits in sixth with 110 points. Colorado State (94 pts.), UNLV (84 pts.), Fresno State (84 pts.) and Air Force (53 pts.) round out the rankings.

The evening’s events started with the 200 medley relay. Wyoming’s team of sophomore Isobel Ryan, junior Maria Harutjunjan, sophomore Samantha Burke and senior Danielle Badger put forward a season-best time of 1:39.05 to finish second. Freshman diver Karla Contreras helped the Cowgirls continue to rack up points with a second-place mark on the 1-meter board, scoring a career-high 355.45. Contreras’ performance shattered her previous career best of 307.80 as well as the school record of 325.95, set in 2014 by Amanda Fay.

The final event of the session was the 800 freestyle relay. The Cowgirls’ team, comprised of junior Kelly Sheldon, junior Rachel McKivigan, junior Alanna Dassoff and sophomore Marcela Gramcko clocked a time of 7:21.73 to place fifth. Their time bested their previous season best by over seven seconds.

The Cowgirls will return to action Thursday morning with the preliminary session at 11 a.m. MT followed by the finals of five events beginning in the 6:30 p.m. session.

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