2020 Mountain West Championships Day 2: San Diego State Building Lead

San Diego State University swimming

The San Diego State Swimming and Diving team built upon its lead through day two of the 2020 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships, opening a 191.5-point lead over the rest of the league on Thursday.

Through two days of competition, San Diego State controls first place with 634 points, a sizeable lead over second-place Nevada (442.5). Wyoming (371), UNLV (337), Fresno State (311) and Boise State (294) mark third through sixth, respectively, while Colorado State (274.5) sits in seventh and New Mexico (253) in eighth. San José State (196) and Air Force (161) round out the standings two days in.

Competition continues Friday morning with preliminary heats starting at 11 a.m. CT.

Day 1 recap

Mountain West Championships: 500-YARD FREESTYLE

  1. Katelyn Blattner (Wyoming); 4:45.39
  2. Carissa Armijo (UNLV); 4:48.67
  3. Lucia Davis (Boise State); 4:49.04
  • With a time of 4:45.39, Wyoming junior Katelyn Blattner earned the first win of the meet for the Cowgirls. It marks the first time in Conference history a Wyoming swimmer has won the event.
  • Blattner’s time marks a Wyoming school record in the 500 free.
  • For the second consecutive season, UNLV’s Carissa Armijo took second place in the 500 free. Last season the sophomore posted a 4:46.90 in the swim.


Mountain West Championships: 200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

  1. Courtney Vincent (San Diego State); 1:59.03
  2. Andressa Lima Cholodovskis (Nevada); 1:59.11
  3. Kristin Murphy (San Diego State); 1:59.16
  • San Diego State’s Courtney Vincent posted the fastest 200 IM time, 1:59.03, in the Mountain West this season. The mark is also an NCAA ‘B’ cut and is the 10th-fastest 200 IM time in Conference history.
  • Vincent, who finished second in the event in 2019, marks the second Aztec in three years to top the podium in the event.
  • In all four years at Nevada, Andressa Lima Cholodovskis has finished in the top four in the event. The senior finished fourth (2:00.57) in 2017, second (1:59.40) in 2018 and first (1:59.04) in 2019.


Mountain West Championships: 50-YARD FREESTYLE

  1. Klara Thormalm (San Diego State); 22.41
  2. Elizabeth Menzmer (San Diego State); 22.42
  3. Alma Thormalm (San Diego State); 22.55
  • The Aztecs’ podium sweep marks the first time since 2017 (Boise State, 50 free) that an institution swept the top three spots in any event.
  • The top four times in the final mark the top four times in the 50 free in the Conference this season.
  • Klara Thormalm’s victory marks the first time since 2016 that an Aztec has won the event.


Mountain West Championships: THREE-METER SPRINGBOARD

  1. Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez (San Diego State); 382.65
  2. Melissa Mirafuentes (Wyoming); 378.00
  3. Marie Yacopino (San Diego State); 358.10
  • Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez’s victory marks the first Conference title on the 3-meter board for the sophomore. The Aztec placed third as a freshman.
  • Lechuga Gonzalez’s first-place position marks the first time since 2011 that an Aztec has taken first in the event. Her score (382.65), is the fourth-highest in Conference history.


Mountain West Championships: 400-YARD MEDLEY RELAY

  1. San Diego State; 3:33.64

(Elliyana Ferrin, Klara Thormalm, Courtney Vincent, Alma Thormalm)

  1. UNLV; 3:38.89

(Kacey Kiuchi, Skylar Moore, Katryna Afanasyeva, Kristina Schneider)

  1. Nevada; 3:39. 30

(Josien Wijkhuijs, Wiktoria Samula, Andressa Lima Cholodovskis, Colette Berkenfield)

  • San Diego State’s time of 3:33.64 marks the second-fastest 400 medley relay time in Aztec history.
  • San Diego State’s win is the second-consecutive year the Aztecs took the title in the event.
  • UNLV’s second-place finish is the highest finish for a Rebels 400 medley relay team since the 2013 Championships when they also finished second.