SAN ANTONIO, Texas, February 14. THE 2007 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship began today with Nevada winning the 200-yard medley relay and Hawai‘i capturing the 800-yard freestyle relay. Hawai‘i is in first place with 74 points after day one of the four-day event.
Nevada's team of Li Bei, Margaret Doolittle, Michaela Schmidt and Nonie Wainwright took first in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:43.24. Hawai‘i was second with a time of 1:43.86. It was the first time in four years that Hawai‘i did not win this event.
In the only other race of the day, Hawai`i took the gold medal with a win in the 800 freestyle relay. The Rainbow Wahine team of Bache Atkins, Mia Broden, Claudia Barsi and Elliko Heimbach won with a time of 7:27.26.
After one day of competition, Hawai`i is the leader with 74 points. Nevada is second with 72 points followed by Northern Arizona with 66 points and New Mexico State with 56 points. In a tie for fifth with 54 points are Idaho and San Jose State. In seventh is San Diego with 52 points and in their first ever WAC Championship, Boise State's first-year program has 44 points.
1. Hawai`i 74
2. Nevada 72
3. Northern Arizona 66
4. New Mexico State 56
5. Idaho 54
San Jose State 54
7. San Diego 52
8. Boise State 44