|Swimming and diving wins at Fresno|
FRESNO, Calif. – The University of Idaho swimming and diving team defeated Fresno State 165-135 Saturday afternoon – and the Vandals did it in exactly the fashion coach Mark Sowa wanted.
While they did win nine of the 16 events, it was their consistency throughout the ranks that impressed their first-year coach.
“This was a really nice win today,” Sowa said. “From top to bottom, we came out of the gates racing. The wins were nice but it was the second-, third- and fourth-place finishes that were the difference in this meet’s outcome.
“We have stressed all season that in order for us to keep progressing, we need the entire team. Today was a great team performance.”
From winning the first event – the 400 medley relay, to winning the last – the 200 freestyle relay, the Vandals showed consistency and depth.
Erica Anderson, who added individual victories in the 100 and 200 backstroke races, teamed with Kelsie Saxe, Rachel Millet – another multiple winner, and Megan Venlos to out-touch Fresno State in the 400 Medley relay with a .04 margin of victory.
Up next was the 200 free – the first of three individual victories for Millet, who also won the 500 and 100 free races. Paige Hunt won the 3-meter diving event, with Lyndsey Williams accounting for the other individual championship when she won the 200 IM.
Along with Anderson, Katie Hendricks, Venlos and Si Jia Pang combined to win the 200 free relay.