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Nevada Swimming & Diving in 2nd, Li Wins Title

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Nevada Release

2/19/2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Yawen Li won her third consecutive Mountain West 400-yard IM title, leading the Nevada swimming and diving team Friday at the 2016 MW Championships at the Texas A&M Natatorium. The day was highlighted by Li’s 400-yard IM title and three finalists in the 200-yard freestyle for the Wolf Pack.

Nevada, Boise State and San Diego State remain in contention for the team title. The Wolf Pack is in second place with 419 points. Boise State, who trailed ...Nevada after the opening two days, took the lead Friday with 430.5 points. San Diego State sits third with 366 points.

Li – the reigning MW Swimmer of the Year – won her third 400 IM title, becoming the first player in conference history to three-peat in an event at the Mountain West Championships. Li touched the wall in 4:09.89, marking the second-best time in program history behind her own record. Junior Riley Hilbrandt won the 400 IM B finals and placed ninth overall with a finals time of 4:20.68.

The Wolf Pack excelled in the 200-yard freestyle, qualifying three student-athletes to the finals. Freshman Rebecca Murray finished runner up in the event with a time of 1:46.89, which marked a personal best and the third-fastest time in program history. Junior Teresa Baerens placed fourth in 1:47.29 and freshman Antonia Baerens placed seventh in 1:48.04.

Junior Arantxa Medina-Alegria led the Wolf Pack in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Hermosillo, Mexico, native advanced to the A finals and placed fourth overall in 1:02.41. Freshman Jamie Reynolds (1:03.19) and junior Riley Hilbrandt (1:03.48) advanced to the B finals, placing 12th and 13th for the Wolf Pack.

Sophomore Jaeger Turner set a season-best time of 54.10 in the 100-yard backstroke, placing fifth overall as Nevada’s lone finalist in the event.

Sophomore Emma Payne led Nevada in the 100-yard butterfly, advancing to the A finals before placing eighth overall with a season-best time of 54.66. Junior Sita Kusserow (54.30) and senior Erin Fuss (54.99) advanced to the ‘B’ finals, placing 10th and 11th overall.

Nevada suffered an unfortunate setback with a disqualification in the finals of the 400-yard medley relay.

The MW Championships will conclude on Saturday with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. PT and finals beginning at 4:30 p.m. Live video, results and highlights can be found at the Mountain West Championship meet central web page.

2016 Mountain West Championships
Team Standings (Through Friday)
1. Boise State, 430.5
2. Nevada, 419
3. San Diego State, 366
4. Wyoming, 309
5. UNLV, 259
6. San Jose State, 197
7. Colorado State, 168
8. New Mexico, 158.5
9. Air Force, 142
10. Fresno State, 127

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