SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Air Force women’s swimming and diving team broke a school record and notched several of the fastest swims in school history on the second day of the Mountain West Conference Championships, Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Falcons moved into seventh place in the team standings with 250 points.
The day started out with the 200 free relay and the team of senior Jinan Andrews, sophomore Tianna Jorgenson, senior Elise Hart and sophomore Lydia Knutson set a new school record with a time of 1:31.77. The team placed fourth in the event, earning 52 team points.
In that race, Andrews’ 22.95 in the first leg is the second fastest 50 free in school history, earning her an NCAA “B” cut.
On the 3-meter board, sophomore Eve Fowler qualified for the finals and placed eighth with 207.78 points.
In the 200 IM, junior Emma Strom posted the second fastest time in school history (2:02.59) while sophomore Heidi Schellin recorded the third fastest (2:03.64). Strom placed 15th while Schellin placed 16th.
Air Force’s depth showed in the final event of the day, the 50 freestyle, as three Falcons placed in the top 15. Sophomore Lydia Knutson qualified for the “A” final and placed eighth with a time of (23.09). Hart was 12th overall (23.19) and Andrews was 15th overall (23.37). Hart’s 23.19 is the third fastest in school history.
“From top to bottom our team truly stepped up today,” head coach Colleen Murphy said. “We had tons of lifetime bests and many great swims today. We are rewriting our top 10 lists and making our mark on the Mountain West.”
Day three of the MW Championships continues on Friday, Feb. 16. Fans can follow the tournament at www.TheMW.com.