|Sterbis wins 200 fly; Hunt is Diver of Year|
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of Idaho swimming and diving team completed an historic run at the Western Athletic Conference Championship Meet Saturday with another individual title, Paige Hunt’s Diver of the Year honors, and the Vandals’ best finish at the conference finale.
Idaho, behind freshman Jamie Sterbis’ Saturday victory in the 200 butterfly, accumulated 409 points to finish fourth – up from seventh last season and more than double its point total from two years ago. Adding to the glory were two NCAA B cut times by sophomore Rachel Millet.
“The meet went great,” coach Mark Sowa said. “This was an historic night and a big step forward for our program.”
Hunt was third in Saturday’s platform diving competition but her year-long consistency coupled with her 3-meter WAC title and her 1-meter WAC runner-up propelled her to diving’s top honor. Her 234.30 points are an Idaho record on the platform. It was one of 12 Idaho records to fall during the four-day competition.
“Like all meets,” Sowa said, “we had some great performances and we had to grind though some swims, too.”
Throughout the ranks, the Vandals found the points they needed to tally a school-best 409. San Jose State won the meet with 695 with Northern Arizona second with 688 and Denver third with 631.5. in fifth behind the Vandals was New Mexico State with 331.5, Northern Colorado with 289, North Dakota with 230, Cal State Bakersfield with 188 and Seattle University with 144.
The Vandals found points throughout the roster. In addition to Sterbis’ victory in the 200 fly and Hunt’s third on the platform, Idaho had scoring Saturday in the 200 back from Janelle Stacy (11th); in the 200 breaststroke from Kelsie Saxe (10th), Lyndsay Williams (14th) and Melissa Kirby (16th); Kori Ungaretti (16th) in the 200 fly; Millet (4th), Megan Venlos (11th) and Kirah Monks (16th) in the 100 free; Mairin Jameson (8th) and Kelsi Potterf (10th) in platform diving, and the runner-up finish in the 400 free relay by Erica Anderson, Janelle Stacy, Venlos and Millet.