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Hawaii and SMU Tied For First at WAC Women's Championships -- February 26, 2004

SAN ANTONIO, Tex, February 25. THE 2004 Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship began today with Hawai‘i and SMU splitting the 200-yard medley and the 800-yard freestyle relays. Defending champion SMU captured the 800-yard freestyle relay, while Hawai‘i took first in the 200 medley.

The Hawai‘i team of YingJuan Zhen, Katie Clewett, Nicole Mackey and Dena Quick took first in the 200-yard individual medley relay with a time of 1:41.51. SMU finished second, touching the pad with a time of 1:42.35, followed by Nevada with a time of 1:44.64. Rice finished fourth, followed by San Jose State and Fresno State, respectively. It was only the second time that SMU did not take first in the 200-yard IM relay since the Mustangs joined the league in 1997. In 2000, the Rainbow Wahine also captured first place.

In the only other race of day one, the SMU team of Georgina Lee, Celina Lemmen, Marizanne Grundlingh and Michelle Vlasacova gave the Mustangs their first win of the championship. The Mustangs won with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7:11.34. Lee swam a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:45.52 for the 200-yard freestyle in the leadoff leg of the relay.

Hawai‘i finished in second with a time of 7:20.63, beating its season-best by just under 15 seconds. Rice finished third, followed by Nevada, San Jose State and Fresno State.

After one day of competition, Hawai‘i and SMU are tied for the lead with 74 points. Rice and Nevada are tied for third with 62 points. San Jose State is fifth with 56 points followed by Fresno State with 52 points. Action continues tomorrow at 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 500-yard freestyle.

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Team Scores
1. Hawai`i 74
SMU 74
3. Rice 62
Nevada 62
5. San Jose State 56
6. Fresno State 52


2004 WAC Championship Meet

Results Event 1 Women 200 Yard Medley Relay=============================================================================== WAC Record: @ 1:39.88 1999 SMU WAC MEET: # 1:40.13 2/26/2003 Southern Methodist University A Kejzar, C Clark, G Lee, L Pomeroy 1:39.90 A 1:42.89 B School Finals =============================================================================== 1 University of Hawai‘i 'A' 1:41.51 B 1) Zhen, YingJuan SR 2) Clewett, Katie M SO 3) Mackey, Nicole FR 4) Quick, Dena JR 25.94 54.97 1:19.24 1:41.51 2 Southern Methodist University 'A' 1:42.35 B 1) Marshall, Dallas SR 2) Pomeroy, Laura SO 3) Lee, Georgina SR 4) Darling, Leane FR 26.63 55.58 1:19.61 1:42.35 3 University of Nevada 'A' 1:44.64 1) Schweitzer, Sarabeth JR 2) Cunha, Leticia SR 3) Klein, Elizabeth SR 4) Rigdon, Charlene JR 26.74 55.71 1:21.04 1:44.64 4 Rice University 'A' 1:45.24 1) Lee, Elaine SR 2) Ciffolilli, Toni SR 3) Ros, Urska JR 4) Healey, Laura SO 27.53 57.12 1:21.92 1:45.24 5 San Jose State University 'A' 1:47.47 1) Lella, Alana JR 2) Adams, Ali SO 3) Wilhelm, Lura SR 4) Henry, Rose FR 26.82 57.49 1:22.83 1:47.47 6 Fresno State University 'A' 1:50.84 1) Mathews, Marisa FR 2) Batchelor, Sarah SO 3) Palmberg, Jennifer JR 4) Johnson, Melissa JR 27.68 59.91 1:26.98 1:50.84 Event 2 Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay=============================================================================== WAC Record: @ 7:07.13 2003 SMU WAC MEET: # 7:07.13 2/26/2003 Southern Methodist University G Lee, L Wanberg, M Grundlingh, L Wanberg 7:11.65 A 7:24.59 B School Finals =============================================================================== 1 Southern Methodist University 'A' 7:11.34 A 1) Lee, Georgina SR 2) Lemmen, Celina FR 3) Grundlingh, Marizanne SO 4) Vlasacova, Michelle FR 24.95 51.86 1:19.27 1:45.52 2:09.70 2:36.52 3:04.33 3:32.95 3:58.21 4:25.41 4:53.13 5:20.74 5:45.13 6:12.83 6:41.76 7:11.34 2 University of Hawai‘i 'A' 7:20.63 B 1) Chen, Yan JR 2) Mackey, Nicole FR 3) Atkins, Bache' FR 4) Broden, Mia FR 25.81 53.06 1:21.22 1:49.60 2:14.13 2:41.83 3:10.58 3:39.27 4:04.24 4:31.83 5:00.35 5:29.35 5:44.27 6:22.86 6:51.94 7:20.63 3 Rice University 'A' 7:29.20 1) Corcoran, Jackie SR 2) Ciffolilli, Toni SR 3) Ros, Urska JR 4) Hurn, Andrea FR 26.29 54.11 1:22.15 1:49.89 2:15.87 2:44.25 3:13.72 3:43.17 4:08.09 4:36.54 5:06.30 5:36.32 6:01.46 6:29.69 6:59.42 7:29.20 4 University of Nevada 'A' 7:35.34 1) Schweitzer, Sarabeth JR 2) Chin, Alyssa JR 3) Murphy, Amy SR 4) McKenney, Kelsey JR 26.38 55.14 1:23.95 1:52.12 2:16.99 2:45.62 3:15.17 3:44.27 4:10.36 4:40.21 5:10.77 5:41.32 6:06.87 6:35.24 7:04.88 7:35.34 5 San Jose State University 'A' 7:45.60 1) Covey, Lisa SO 2) Piggott, Morgan FR 3) Collier, Mandie FR 4) Kiene, Allison SO 26.61 55.07 1:24.13 1:54.02 2:19.92 2:48.60 3:18.28 3:48.00 4:15.10 4:45.33 5:16.14 5:45.97 6:12.52 6:42.14 7:13.49 7:45.60 6 Fresno State University 'A' 7:51.73 1) Johnson, Melissa JR 2) Shaw, Dana SO 3) Leon, Kristin 4 4) Palmberg, Lindsay SO 25.96 54.23 1:23.70 1:54.19 2:20.49 2:49.91 3:20.12 3:50.43 4:18.13 4:48.48 5:19.77 5:51.12 6:17.68 6:47.55 7:19.35 7:51.73