Amber Walter won her second title of the meet in the 100 breast with a time of 1 minute, 01.92 seconds.
Feb. 24, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The University of Utah women's swimming and diving team increase their lead over the field after the third day of competition. The have 458 points entering the final day. The men slipped to fourth place with a total of 356 points.
The Ute women will attempt to be the first women's team in MWC history to win both the regular-season title and the MWC Championship meet in the same year.
"The women were able to build more of a lead and that's what we wanted," said Head Coach Michael Litzinger. "We feel pretty good about our chances going into tomorrow for both the men and the women and we're going to give it our best effort."
Amber Walter won her second title of the meet in the 100 breast with a time of 1 minute, 01.92 seconds. Walter's mark was a new MWC and Utah school records as well as a provisional time for the NCAA meet.
The women's 400 medley relay team of Shannon McQueen, Walter, Jennifer Fredsall and Alison McInturff finished second while setting a new Utah school record of 3 minutes, 44.51 seconds, which also provisionally qualifies them for the NCAA meet.
McQueen also set a new Utah school record in the 100 back of 56.67 seconds. McQueen finished third in the event. Fredsall finished second in the 100 fly with a time of 54.80 seconds. Fredsall's time in the 100 fly also provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA meet.
McInturff placed second in the 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 48.97 seconds, which also provisionally qualifies for the NCAA meet. In the women's 3-meter dive, Kelsey Patterson finished second with 316.15 points, while Anna Braszkewiecz placed sixth with 273.10 points.
BYU trails the Rebels in men's action with 410 points, followed by Air Force (360), Utah (356), Wyoming (349) and TCU. The Cougars hold the No. 2 spot in the women's events with 393 points, followed by UNLV (386), TCU (295), Wyoming (294.50), Colorado State (255.50), New Mexico (205), Air Force (134) and San Diego State (127).
The MWC Swimming & Diving Championships conclude Saturday, Feb. 25, following the 6 p.m. finals events and the announcement of the individual and team awards.