SAN ANTONIO (SMU) – SMU and Hawai'i continued to dominate at the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The two teams have combined to win all 14 events through three days of the four-day meet. SMU has 607 points while Hawai‘i is second with 466.
Hawai‘i’s Nicole Mackey won her second individual event of the meet with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 4:12.94 in the 400-yard individual medley. Yesterday, Mackey won the 200 individual medley. Teammate Mia Broden took gold medal honors in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.76.
SMU came back to win the next three events. Celina Lemmen posted a NCAA qualifying mark of 1:45.94 in the 200 freestyle. Mustang Candace Blackman was second and also qualified with a 1:46.74. Hawai‘i’s Melanie Schlanger was the third qualifying swimmer of the event with a 1:47.59. SMU’s Tamara Sambrailo won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.12, just out-touching her teammate Corrie Clark (1:02.20). Anja Carman took top honors in the 100 backstroke in 54.91.
After three days of competition, SMU has 607 points while Hawai‘i is second with 466. Nevada is third with 352 points followed by Rice with 316, Northern Arizona 277, San Jose State 173 and San Diego 141. Northern Arizona and San Diego are competing in their first WAC championship as affiliate members.
Action concludes Saturday at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas with the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay. Prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:30 p.m.