Miller is MW 1650 Free Champion as Falcons take 6th at S&D Championships

    Freshman Genevieve Miller.

    Freshman Genevieve Miller.

    Feb. 22, 2014

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Air Force women's swimming & diving continues its rise as a program, capping off a successful 2014 season with a sixth place finish at the 2014 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center. Air Force claimed its second title of the meet, as Genevieve Miller was crowned the 1650 freestyle champion.

    Air Force placed sixth out of 10 teams with 292 points for its best finish since the 2003 season and the second-best finish ever. Boise State won the Mountain West Championship with 735 points.

    Air Force set four school records on Saturday. Academy records fell in the 1000 and 1650 yard free, the 200 breaststroke and 400 free relay.

    Miller, a freshman, earned her second MW Champion honors while setting two school records in one event. Her time in the 1650 free of 16:19.17, broke her previous school record of 16:23.09. Her 1000 free split time of 9:49.86 is also a school record. Along with her win in the 500 free, Miller became the first Falcon women's swimmer to win two events. Air Force has four MW swim titles total.

    Sara Menke gave Air Force a formidable 1-2 punch in the 1650 free as the sophomore followed Miller with a second-place finish. Her 1650 time of 16:28.83 and 1000 split of 9:54.79 are the second-best times in school history.

    Junior Kim Davis took sixth place in the 200 breast with a school record time. Her time of 2:14.52 broke her previous school record of 2:15.17. Freshman Kira Schlosberg took ninth place in the 200 breast with a time of 2:15.22, which is the second-fastest mark in school history.

    Senior Hannah Cesare notched the second-fastest 100 free time in school history with a time of 50.65. Senior Erin Bleyl finished 20th in the 100 free for the Falcons with a time of 51.61.

    Senior Sam Laughlin fell just shy of her own school record in the 200 back. Laughlin placed 11th in the 200 back with a time of 1:59.80, missing her own record by .11 of a second. Freshman Alexis Kronberger cracked the Academy Top 10 list with a time of 2:05.33, which is sixth all-time.

    Freshman Asia Antoniuk was Air Force's top swimmer in the 200 butterfly. Antoniuk placed 19th with a finals time of 2:04.34, which is 6th at Air Force.

    In the platform diving freshman Savanna Meadows was Air Force's top diver again. Meadows placed 10th with 215.61 points. Sophomore Summer Getty followed in 16th, junior Lainie Long was 17th and sophomore Jessica Horn was 24th.

    The Falcons closed out the evening with a record-breaking swim in the 400 free relay. The group of Davis, Miller, Laughlin and Cesare swam a time of 3:22.63, surpassing the previous record of 3:23.59.

    Air Force broke 11 school records at the MW Championships, including all five relays. The Falcons have now broken all but one school record in the last two years. Air Force had 25 swims crack the school top 10 list at the championships.

     

     

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