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.
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.
Men 1 mtr Diving
Women 3 mtr Diving
200 Medley Relay
800 Free Relay
Women 1 mtr Diving
Men 3 mtr Diving
200 Free Relay
Women Platform Diving
400 Medley Relay
Men Platform Diving
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
Each event will update live (prelims, too) on the WAC website at: http://wac.org/livestats/swim/2017/index.htm
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.
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.
This marks the fourth full-season of competition in the Western Athletic Conference for the UND men, and the sixth for the women.
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:
Total 35-16 (.686)
Total 23-16 (.590)
PRE-CHAMPIONSHIP TOP TIMES
|WOMEN IN TOP 8|
|Gabi Liedy||1st||500 free||4:54.29|
|Steph Frey||2nd||50 free||23.52|
|Katie Breault||2nd||100 fly||54.91|
|Jess Warfield||2nd||100 back||56.23|
|Megan Wenman||2nd||200 free||1:50.80|
|Maddie Derby||4th||100 back||56.29|
|Marlena Pigliacampi||2nd||200 fly||2:01.98|
|Gracie DiMeo||6th||200 fly||2:04.38|
|Emily Hamel||7th||50 free||23.70|
|Anna Andersen||7th||100 free||51.51|
|Katie Stover||8th||1650 free||17:38.56|
|*NCAA B-cut time|
|MEN IN TOP 8|
|Noah Lucas||1st||50 free||19.75*|
|Jacob Wielinski||2nd||500 free||4:25.28|
|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|