The fourth and final night of the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Championships took place this evening with the Wyoming men and Northern Colorado women pulling further away from the rest of the conference, towards the team title.
1. University of Wyoming 851 2. University of Nevada Las Vegas 780 3. Grand Canyon University 630 4. U S Air Force Academy 447 5. California State University Ba 376 6. Seattle University 246
1. Northern Arizona University 810 2. New Mexico State University 601 3. Idaho, University of 585 4. Grand Canyon University 519 5. Northern Colorado, University 384 6. California State University Ba 364 7. Seattle University 213
UNLV’s Brad Gonzales got things underway for the Rebels with a victory in the men’s 1650 free with a time of 14:54.18, well ahead of Wyoming’s Seth Borgert who swam a 15:25.97.
The women’s race saw Northern Colorado’s Sydney Kovar and CSUB’s Gabi Liedy go head to head by posting times of 16:57.62 and 16:57.93, respectively.
GCU’s go-to guy Mark Nikolaev smashed the WAC record but almost two seconds in a time of 1:40.81. Wyoming’s Wade Nelson touched second in 1:44.65 while Air Force’s Joey Gebhart nabbed third in 1:45.00.
GCU continued to roll through, racking up points towards the WAC team title with Estela Davis Ortiz‘s victory in the women’s 200 backstroke in a time of 1:56.18.
UNLV Freshman Mark Theall came out of nowhere to win the men’s 100 free in a time of 43.66. GCU’s Mazen El Kamash swam a 43.94 to take second.
GCU’s Yousef El Kamash easily won the men’s 200 breast in a 1:56.45 with Wyoming’s Liam Holt taking second in a 1:58.05.
NMSU junior duo swam to a 1-2 finish with Hannah McGowan (2:14.07) and Lauren Wood (2:14.71).
To wrap up the meet the UNLV men took put together a 2:53.49 in the 400 free relay ahead of GCU who threw down 2:53.65. The women’s race featured NAU’s quartet producing a 3:23.27 for the win in the A final with GCU just behind in 3:23.75.