|Idaho Top Team in WAC|
The Idaho Swimming and Diving team has something to celebrate as collegeswimming.com has ranked them as the best team in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals have raced strong all year and are looking forward to competing for a championship.
“Basically this means that we are making progress,” Coach Mark Sowa said. “We have talked about being competitive to try to win championships here at Idaho and it is nice that we are starting to become part of the conversation.”
The Vandals have put up big numbers this year and are 3-1 in conference meets this year. The team has 25 athletes with top 20 times and scores in the WAC, 11 of them freshmen.
Junior Rachel Millet leads the group with top 20 times in seven different events, including the top time in the WAC for the 100 free (51.78), 200 free (1:51.30), 100 back (56.14), 200 back (2:01.29), and 200 IM (2:03.89). Millet is undefeated on the year for any event she has raced.
Another outstanding swimmer is Taylor Lee Strachan, a freshman from Rutland, Mass. Strachan has the third fastest time for the 100 back (57.69), and the fastest time for the 100 fly (56.52). Another fast freshman is Hannah Stahmer from Raleigh, N.C. Stahmer has three top 20 times in the WAC, including No. 6 in the 500 free (5:06.07) and No. 6 in the 1000 free (10:29.89).
On the diving side, senior Paige Hunt continues to dominate the board. On Nov. 2 against Northern Arizona, Hunt broke her own school record in the 3-meter dive with a score of 322.93. Hunt also has the seventh best score in the 1-meter dive (260.17).
The Idaho Swim and Dive team will have this weekend off from competition as they get ready for the Houston Invitational, in Houston, Texas.
“This is a long season and there is still a lot of swimming and diving ahead of us,” Sowa said. “We always want to take one thing at a time.”