Miller Claims 500 Free Title In Day Two at MW S&D Championships
Feb. 20, 2014
Genevieve Miller became AFA's first champion since 2004 when she won the 500 yard freestyle.
The Falcons moved up one spot to seventh place with 126 points. Boise State now claims the overall lead with 276.5 points.
Miller swept the 500 free competition, winning both the prelims and finals with record-setting swims in both. Miller won the prelims with a record time of 4:45.13. She went on to win the finals with a new record time of 4:44.19. The swim is also a NCAA `B' Standard time.
Miller is just the third swimmer to win an event at the MW Championships for the Falcons, joining Jaymie Van Kooten (100 fly in 2004) and Sara Crowell (100 fly in 2003). Air Force also has six diving titles.
The Falcons also set their third relay record of the championships, this one coming in the 200 free relay, breaking a 16-year old record. The group of Kim Davis, Gabrielle Aranda, Sam Laughlin and Hannah Cesare swam a time of 1:33.04, surpassing the 1998 record of 1:34.00. Air Force has now set all but one school record (50 free) in the last two years.
Air Force had four other school top 10 swims. Two more Falcons cracked the school record book in the 500 free. Sophomore Sara Menke finished eighth overall in the 500 free. Her prelim time of 4:49.08 is the second-fastest time in school history. Junior Clara Heffernan finished 23rd in the 500. Her prelim time of 4:59.81 is the ninth-fastest in Academy history.
The Falcons also had a strong performance out of junior Kim Davis in the 200 individual medley. Davis won the consolation finals (9th) with a time of 2:01.10. Freshman Kira Schlosberg followed with a 28th place finish in the 200 IM, Her time of 2:06.66 is the eighth-fastest Academy mark.
Senior Hannah Cesare was Air Force's top swimmer in the 50 free. She finished 30th with a career-best time of 23.71, which is the seventh-fastest AFA mark.
Air Force had a pair divers make the consolation finals in the 3-meter springboard. Freshman Savanna Meadows placed 12th. She led the team with a prelim score of 267.90 points. Junior Lainie Long followed in 16th place. Long scored a high of 255.72 points in the prelims.
Day three of the four-day championships resumes tomorrow. The 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay will take place beginning at 11 a.m. CST.