SAN ANTONIO (SMU) - SMU captured its ninth-straight Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio. The Mustangs won four more events to pull away from Hawai’i. Two-time NCAA Champion Flavia Rigamonti had the most impressive showing of the evening in the 1650 free (15:46.03) when she took the gold by nearly 50 seconds.
Anja Carman won her third gold medal of the Championships when she touched first in the 200 back (1:57.56). SMU was not victorious in the 100 free, but did take second through sixth place. In the 200 breast final, senior Corrie Clark took top honors in 2:14.63, just edging out teammate Tamara Sambrailo (2:14.67). The Mustangs closed the evening winning the 400 free relay (3:18.78) and set a WAC meet record in the process.
SMU finished the meet with 860 points followed by Hawai‘i with 677. Nevada was third with 539 while Rice placed fourth with 476. Northern Arizona finished fifth with 417 followed by San Jose State (261) and San Diego (209).
SMU’s Carman shared Freshman of the Year honors with Melanie Schlanger of Hawai’i and diving coach Jim Stillson was named Diving Coach of the Year.
The women’s swimming and diving team returns to action March 18-20, when members who have qualified will travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, to participate in the NCAA Championships.