Women’s team excels at MWC, men still in last

By Paige Fieldsted, Staff Writer

After the first day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships, the Utah women’s swim team is tied for second place, while the men sit in last place.

The women took sixth place in the 200-meter medley relay and second in the 800-meter free relay.

The women’s team is tied with BYU with 75 points, 34 points behind No. 1 Wyoming.

Despite a solid third-place finish in the 800-meter free relay, the men’s team still sits in last place following a sixth-place performance in the 200-meter medley relay. There are no men in the top eight in the 1-meter diving finals. Anna Braszkiewicz placed sixth in the 3-meter diving finals for the women. The men are only 38.5 points from first with 61 points after the first day.

Friday should bode well for the Utes as both the men and women will compete in 500-yard free and the 200-yard individual medley, events in which Utah team members have the top times for the season.

On the women’s side, three of the top four times in the 500-yard free belong to Utes, while men hold two of the top four in the same event. The 200-yard intermediate is similar, with two of the top three times belonging to Utah women and two of the top four held by the men.

Other events to be held tomorrow include the women’s 1-meter springboard, the men’s 3-meter springboard and the men’s and women’s 50-yard free, events the Utes have performed well in all season.

Paige Fieldsted