5 Races to Watch at the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships

Photo Courtesy: Allison Corona/Boise State Athletics

The 2017 Mountain West women’s swimming and diving championships will take place on February 15-18 at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Last year, Nevada edged out Boise State 664-651 in the women’s meet. San Diego took third with 511 points.

1. 50 Free
Boise State seniors Brittany Aoyama and Katelyn Martin have the top two seeds, respectively. Broncos sophomore Allyson Kleinsorgen is tied for the third seed with Air Force’s Lydia Knutson. The top four seeds have all achieved the NCAA B standard in what should be an exciting race. Aoyama and Martin also hold the top two seed times in the 100 free.

2. 100 Back
Nine women have already swum to an NCAA B cut in the 100 back–the most of any event according to the psych sheet. This loaded field is led by Wyoming sophomore Isobel Ryan who took second in this event in 2016.

3. 200 Back
Just like the 100 back, the Mountain West Conference has tremendous depth in the longer backstroke race. Eight women have swum under the NCAA B standard while twelve have already broken the two-minute mark. The event is led by Fresno State sophomore Ugne Mazutaityte, who will look to repeat as champion.

4. 100 Fly
Boise State’s Aoyama is the top seed in this event by nearly two seconds. The champion in this event last year, the senior has already posted a time that’s over half a second faster than her winning time in 2016. She’ll aim to break conference and meet record but will face tough competition in San Jose State’s Brenna Bushey and San Diego State’s Summer Harrison.

5. 1650
Distance star Genevieve Miller holds the top seed in the mile and is the favorite to win her fourth-consecutive 1650 conference title. The Air Force senior already has an NCAA B cut in this event and will aim to break her own conference and meet record she set last year while finally going under the 16-minute barrier.

2017 Mountain West Conference Psych Sheet – Results

2016 Mountain West Championships: Full Results – Results

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Author: Chandler Brandes

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Chandler Brandes is a junior at the University of Vermont where she is majoring in Public Communication and double minoring in Coaching and Sports Management. She swims IM and freestyle for their Division 1 program and this is her third year on board with Swimming World.

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