|Hunt off to zone competition|
For the first time since swimming and diving returned to the University of Idaho athletic department, post-season competition is on the calendar.
Junior Paige Hunt is headed to the zone competition in all three diving disciplines - one-meter, three-meter and platform, a competition rarely seen in the Northwest because of a lack of facilities. Her first platform dive at the WAC meet was the highest scoring dive of the meet.
Hunt travels to Minneapolis, Minn., March 10-12 where she will compete in the Zone E meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. The top divers from the zone competitions advance to the NCAA meet.
Later this week, freshman Shana Lim will find out if she makes NCAA championship field in the 100 backstroke after posting a WAC, meet, pool and Idaho record with a 53.00 at last weekend's Western Athletic Conference Championship Meet. Her time ties for 22nd nationally.
Lim also posted a B cut time in the 200 back and is a member of all three Vandal relay teams to post B cut times.
All these, coach Tom Jager said, mark milestones for the Vandal swimming and diving program.
"We did an incredible job this year," said Jager, whose squad posted two individual and three relay B cut times at the WAC meet. "We have a good chance to go to nationals. ... The Vandals are still swimming.
"This is every coach's dream - to send somebody to the show. It's a big deal for us."
The NCAA championship meet is March 17-19 at the Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas.