SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- The Air Force women’s swimming and diving team set a new school record for team points, and continued to re-write the record book, on the final day of the 2018 Mountain West Conference Championships, Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center in San Antonio, Texas. Boise State won the team championship while the Falcons placed ninth with 572 points.
The night started with senior Jinan Andrews becoming the third Falcon in the last four years to earn the Mountain West Conference Senior Recognition Award.
Freshman Kylie Stronko placed 16th in the 200 back (2:02.17). Her prelim time of 1:59.06 was just off of her own school record she set earlier this season.
Andrews continued her assault on the Air Force record book, as she swam a 49.94 in prelims of the 100 free. She placed sixth in that event with a finals time of 50.06. Sophomore Lydia Knutson placed 17th in that same event (50.74). Sophomore Tianna Jorgenson was 20th in the 100 free (50.99), to rank sixth in school history.
Sophomore Heidi Schellin placed 11th in the 200 breast stroke with a time of 2:17.54. Her prelim time of 2:17.22 is the fourth fastest in school history. Freshman Mollie Bushelman was 20th in the same event (2:21.54).
Freshman Jessica Wierzbicki qualified for the “A” final in the 200 fly and placed seventh (2:01.28). Her prelim time of 2:00.76 is the second best in school history and just 0.36 off the school record. Jorgenson placed 18th in the same event (2:04.43), the ninth fastest in Air Force history. Junior Elizabeth Mahoney was 20th (2:05.60), while sophomore Jayden Glover was 23rd (2:07.98) and sophomore Kelsey Linzmeyer was 24th (2:10.19).
In the final event of the night, the 400 free relay team of Andrews, Jorgenson, Elise Hart and Lydia Knutson placed seventh (3:22.87). Andrews swam the first leg and broke her own 100 free school record set earlier in the meet (49.72) and earned an NCAA “B” cut.
“This was an amazing week for our team,” head coach Colleen Murphy said. “We rewrote our top 10 lists and broke several school records. We scored 100 points more than we did last year at the conference meet and made huge strides as a program. Our two seniors (Jinan Andrews and Elise Hart), had the meet of their lives. Both of them scored in every event they swam and finished as all-Mountain West performers. They had amazing careers at USAFA and will be missed. I am so proud of their commitment and dedication to our program.”