SAN ANTONIO, Texas, February 15. HAWAI'I won four of the five events in day two of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, but Nevada racked up enough points in the finals of those events to take the lead in the four-day championship.
The night began with Hawai‘i's Bache Atkins and Northern Arizona's Alexis Buckley repeating last year's 1-2 finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Atkins swam an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:47.58 while Buckley recorded a time of 4:54.23. Atkins' teammate Claudia Barsi was third with a time of 4:57.51.
In the 200 individual medley, Nicole Mackey of Hawai‘i won for the second time in three years with an NCAA provisional time of 2:00.14. Nevada's Margaret Doolittle was second and also posted a provisional time of 2:03.73. The Wolf Pack's Li Bei finished third for the second straight year in 2:05.17. Nevada had a total of four finalists in the event and took the lead in the championship after four events with 156 points.
Nevada's Michaela Schmidt won the gold in the 50 free with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 23.12. Her teammate Nonie Wainwright tied San Jose State's Lauren Mar for second place with a time of 23.49.
The Rainbow Wahine took the top two spots in the 1-meter diving led by Emma Friesen's 308.45 points. Megan Farrow was second with 303.90 points. Northern Arizona's Natalie Hughes grabbed the bronze with 285.45 points.
Hawai‘i won the final event of the day swimming a 1:33.47 in the 200 freestyle relay. The team consisted of Mackey, Mia Broden, Karli Rice and Atkins.
After two days of competition, Nevada is leading with 294.5 points, while Hawai‘i is second with 270. Northern Arizona is third with 218 points followed by San Jose State with 145.5, New Mexico State 141, San Diego 100, Idaho 93 and Boise State 66.
Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving and 400 medley relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.
Team scores after Thursday night
1. Nevada 294.5
2. Hawai`i 270
3. Northern Arizona 218
4. San Jose State 145.5
5. New Mexico State 141
6. San Diego 100
7. Idaho 93
8. Boise State 66