|Vandals 2nd in WAC Championships|
The University of Idaho Swim and Dive team had an amazing day in the pool during the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The team won three events today and broke four school records.
In the 100 free, the Vandals had three swimmers in the finals with Rachel Millet winning the event with a time of 50.08, a new school record. Senior Megan Venlos placed 5th with a time of 51.23 and junior Kirah Monks placed 7th with a time of 52.09.
Sophomore Jamie Sterbis won the 200 fly today with a time of 1:56.77, a new school record.
Senior diver Paige Hunt finished off her WAC career on a high note by winning the platform competition with a score of 265.55, a new school record. Senior Mairin Jameson also finished on a high note by placing 4th in the event with a score of 214.95. The Vandals won all of the diving events this week, Jameson won the 1-meter and 3-meter while Hunt won the platform.
The Vandals finished off the WAC Championships by placing 2nd in the 400 free relay with senior swimmer Megan Venlos, junior Erica Anderson, junior Kirah Monks and junior Rachel Millet.
The Vandals finished 2nd in team points for the tournament with 642 behind Northern Arizona.
“We’re very proud of this group,” Coach Mark Sowa said. “Paige was great on the board today and the divers in general all week. Jamie’s fly was out of this world. I'm bummed that we didn't win but we competed very well. We seemed a little tired during the last day but we were competing all week and it has been fun watching this group compete all week long.”
The Vandals won a handful of awards after the meet. Kelly Gufford, first year coach for the Vandals, was named Diving Coach of the Year. Senior Mairin Jameson earned the Diver of the Year award after winning two of the diving events. Junior Rachel Millet earned the Swimmer of the Year award after winning two individual events during the meet and placing in the top two in every event she competed in, including relays.
The Vandals as a team also did very well and won more events than any other school and the meet. The team also scored in every event throughout the week, the first time ever for the Vandals.