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San Diego Places 7th In WAC Swimming Championship

Feb. 26, 2006

SAN ANTONIO , Texas - Hawai`i captured its first Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship. The Rainbow Wahine finished the meet with 775.5 points followed by Nevada with 727. Both teams had their highest point totals in a WAC Championship. Northern Arizona was third with 609.5, while San Jose State placed fourth with 524.5. Idaho finished fifth with 362.5 followed by New Mexico State (313) and San Diego (214).

 

For the second-staight year, Hawai`i 's Nicole Mackey earned WAC Swimmer of the Year honors, while QiongJie Huang won her second WAC Diver of the Year honor in three years. The Rainbow Wahine's head coach Victor Wales, in his first season, was named WAC Coach of the Year, while diving coach Mike Brown won his second Diving Coach of the Year honor. Nevada 's Kim Kabesh was the WAC Freshman of the Year.

 

On day one in the 200 individual medley, Ashley Swart of San Diego took the gold medal with a time of 2:04.91 after defending champion Nicole Mackey of Hawai`i was disqualified. Northern Arizona's Shannon Packard took second (2:05.97). Nevada 's Li Bei was third with a time of 2:06.43.

 

San Diego 's Ashley Swart won her second individual event of the meet with a time of 4:22.14 in the 400-yard individual medley. Yesterday, Swart won the 200 individual medley. Northern Arizona's Emily Simon took second and Hawai`i's Jessica Affleck was third.

 

Joy Miller posted a 13th place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.96 in the B final along with Kelly Cobourn's 16th place in the B final with a time of 1:01.10.

 

On day three, Ashley Rose posted a 15th place finish in the 100 back stroke B final with a time of 59.50.  Teammates Nicole Draa and Brittany Cramer also finished in the B final.  Draa took 18th place with a time of 1:01.00 while Cramer finished 19th with a 1:03.11.

 

San Diego 's Ashley Swart won her third gold of the meet in the 200 breastroke with a time of 2:18.41.   Fellow Torero Ashley Rose finished 6th overall in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.19.

 

Swart qualified for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship in Georgia and the team is awaiting to receive word that sheh will be accepted as an individual competitor for the competition in Athens, Georgia.