Bulldogs Remain in Sixth at WAC Championships

    Feb. 27, 2004


    SAN ANTONIO - Day two of the 2004 Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships had very strong performances from both SMU and Hawai'i. The defending champion Mustangs have captured three gold medals, while the Rainbow Wahine have taken first in four races. SMU currently stands in first with 334 points.

    SMU took first, second and third in the 500-yard freestyle with senior Georgina Lee taking first with an automatic qualifying time of 4:43.51. Teammates Marizanne Grundlingh and Sarah Daly took second and third, respectively. Lee improved upon her silver in the 500 at last season's championship. Lee also swam the fastest time in the WAC this season.

    In the 200-yard individual medley, Hawai'i captured first and second, with freshman Nicole Mackey taking first and junior Yan Chen earning second for the second-straight season. Mackey's time of 2:00.18 is an NCAA automatic qualifying time and improves upon her WAC-leading time of 2:02.19. SMU's Michelle Vlasacova finished third with a time of 2:04.35.

    The Rainbow Wahine won their third gold medal when junior Dena Quick swam an automatic qualifying time of 22.72 in the 50-yard freestyle, almost a second faster than her fastest time this season. SMU sophomore Laura Pomeroy took second, swimming 22.91, while teammate Dallas Marshall took third with a time of 23.47. Pomeroy improved upon her bronze medal performance at the 2003 championship. Fresno State junior Melissa Johnson swam the event in a career best time of 23.80 to place seventh, the Bulldogs' highest finish at the meet thus far.

    In the one-meter diving finals, Hawai'i once again took first and second with sophomore Qiongjie Huang and Maggie Roberts taking first and second, respectively. Huang won with a score of 283.05, followed by Roberts with 267.45. SMU's Liz Pike finished third with a scored of 260.00.

    In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the SMU team of Laura Pomeroy, Michelle Vlasacova, Dallas Marshall and Leane Darling won with a time of 1:31.74. Hawai'i was second with a time of 1:32.67, while Nevada was third with a time of 1:37.67. The Mustangs have placed at least one the top three in every event so far.



    After two days of competition, SMU has taken sole possession of first place with 334 points, followed by Hawai'i with 258 points. Nevada is third with 208 points. Rice stands in fourth followed by San Jose State and Fresno State, respectively. Action continues Friday at the Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas at 11:00 a.m. with the preliminaries and at 6:30 p.m. for the finals of the 400-yard individual medley.

    Team Scores
    1. SMU 			334
    2. Hawai'i		258
    3. Nevada		208
    4. Rice			176
    5.  San Jose State	120
    6.  Fresno State	94

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