|Vandals fifth after first day of WAC meet|
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The University of Idaho women's swimming and diving team is fifth after two events at the Western Athletic Conference Championship Meet.
The Vandals finished fifth in both relay events of the first day of competition with the 800 free relay team shattering the Idaho school record by nearly eight seconds. With freshman Rachel Millet leading off and sophomores Megan Venlos and Lyndsay Wiliams taking the second and third legs, and senior Si Jia Pang swimming the anchor leg, the Vandals were timed in 7:25.74 to better the mark of 7:33.08 they set last fall.
In leading off the race, Millet set the school 200 free record iwth her 1:49.09 - almost two seconds faster than the record set set earlier this season.
"That's a good start to the meet tonight," coach Mark Sowa said. "We over-swam a bit and tried to do too much. We need to relax and focus on executing our races and trust ourselves."
Wednesday's action was the first of the four-day meeting. Day-long competition begins Thursday and concludes Saturday.
San Jose State is the first-day leader with 74 points. Northern Arizona is second with 72 followed by New Mexico State with 64, Hawai`i with 62, Idaho with 56, Fresno State with 50, Nevada with 46 and North Dakota with 26.