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UND heads to Houston, Texas this week for the WAC Championships Wednesday through Saturday.
Landed in the Lone Star State: WAC Swim preview
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Release: 02/21/2017
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ON TAP
North Dakota's men's and women's swimming and diving teams head to the Lone Star State for the Western Athletic Conference championships Feb. 21-25 in Houston, Texas.

POLL POSITION
The UND women picked up a pair of first-place votes and tied for third overall in the Pre-
championship coaches poll. Northern Arizona was picked atop the conference with six first-
place votes and 47 points while Grand Canyon had 39 points for second. Just behind them
was UND and New Mexico State with 34 total points. The bottom half saw Idaho (27), CSU
Bakersfield (23), Seattle U (13) and Northern Colorado (7).

On the men's side, UND was picked fifth. Air Force (35) claimed five of the seven first-palce
nods, followed by Wyoming with two (32) and Grand Canyon in third with 26 points. UNLV (20) was fourth with CSU Bakersfield (11) sixth and Seattle U (6) seventh.

MEET SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY
Men 1 mtr Diving
Women 3 mtr Diving
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay

THURSDAY
Women 1 mtr Diving
Men 3 mtr Diving
500 Free
200 IM
50 Free
200 Free Relay

FRIDAY
Women Platform Diving
400 IM
100 Fly
200 Free
100 Breast
100 Back
400 Medley Relay

SATURDAY
Men Platform Diving
200 Back
100 Free
200 Breast
200 Fly
1650 Free
400 Free Relay

HOW TO WATCH
The 2017 WAC Championships will be streamed live on the WAC Digital Network. Follow along at: http://wacsports.com/watch/?Live=206

LIVE RESULTS
Each event will update live (prelims, too) on the WAC website at: http://wac.org/livestats/swim/2017/index.htm

UND COVERAGE
Follow along with the 2017 WAC Championships as daily recaps, interviews, and all the top 10 finishers for UND will be posted at UNDsports.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Receive daily coverage by following @UNDswimdive, the official Twitter account of the University of North Dakota swimming and diving program. Stay connected with the WAC Championships by using #WACsd for all of the coverage in Houston.

#WACTION
This marks the fourth full-season of competition in the Western Athletic Conference for the UND men, and the sixth for the women.

RELAY ROUNDUP
The UND women own the top spot in three of the five relays and are second in another heading into the championships. Big points are up for grabs in those events as North Dakota ranks fourth in the 800 free relay as well.

1st W 200 medley 1:43.71
1st W 400 medley 3:44.68
1st W 400 free 3:25.07
2nd W 200 free 1:34.48

MAIELLO MAKING HIS MARK
Fourth-year head coach Chris Maiello has posted impressive dual meet records since coming to North Dakota. A look at how the dual meet records have been trending upwards in his tenure:

WOMEN
2016-17 9-2
2015-16 5-2
2014-15 12-5
2013-14 9-7
Total 35-16 (.686)

MEN
2016-17 6-2
2015-16 4-3
2014-15 6-6
2013-14 7-5
Total 23-16 (.590)

PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP TOP TIMES

WOMEN IN TOP 8      
Gabi Liedy 1st 500 free 4:54.29
  2nd 1650 free 17:01.94
Steph Frey  2nd 50 free 23.52
  2nd 100 breast 1:01.76*
  2nd 100 free 50.82
Katie Breault 2nd 100 fly 54.91
  3rd 400 IM 4:24.76
Jess Warfield 2nd 100 back 56.23
Megan Wenman 2nd 200 free 1:50.80
  5th 200 IM 2:04.68
  5th 100 free 51.17
Maddie Derby 4th 100 back 56.29
  7th 200 back 2:02.35
Marlena Pigliacampi 2nd 200 fly 2:01.98
  5th 100 fly 55.81
Gracie DiMeo 6th 200 fly 2:04.38
  7th 100 fly 56.28
Emily Hamel 7th 50 free 23.70
Anna Andersen 7th 100 free 51.51
  8th 50 free 23.82
Katie Stover 8th 1650 free 17:38.56
*NCAA B-cut time      
       
       
MEN IN TOP 8      
Noah Lucas  1st 50 free 19.75*
  5th 100 free 43.91*
  8th 200 free 1:38.59
Jacob Wielinski 2nd 500 free 4:25.28
  2nd 400 IM 3:52.13*
  2nd 1650 free 15:14.53*
Tyler Zelen 5th 50 free 19.99*
Luke Hutchinson 5th 1650 free 15:41.12
Ivar Iverson 8th 200 IM 1:50.78
*NCAA B-cut time      
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