2022 Mountain West Champs: San Diego State Takes Over Lead on Day 2




Team Scores

  1. San Diego State – 643
  2. Nevada – 561
  3. UNLV – 428
  4. Wyoming – 387
  5. Colorado State – 277
  6. Fresno State – 262
  7. Air Force – 239
  8. San Jose State -207
  9. New Mexico -168

There was a lot of movement in the team standings on day 2 of the 2022 Mountain West Championships. San Diego State has taken a healthy lead, and defending champions UNLV have risen to 3rd.

Action kicked off with the 500 free, where Wyoming star Katelyn Blattner posted a 4:44.74 to win the race decisively, touching as the only swimmer in the field under 4:50. With the victory tonight, Blattner has won the MW 500 free title for a 3rd consecutive year, and her performance tonight marks the 10th-fastest in MW Championships history.

In a very tight 50 free A final, San Diego State’s Elizabeth Menzmer clocked a 22.38 to get her hand on the wall first. UNLV’s Kristina Schneider touched 2nd with a 22.41, and Klara Thormalm, also from SDSU, was 3rd with a 22.49. Menzmer’s time marks the fastest winning time in the event at the Mountain West Championships since 2013.

San Diego State also picked up a win in the 200 IM, where Kristina Murphy swam a 1:59.11. Murphy took over on the back half of the race, splitting 33.67 on breast, and 28.35 on freestyle, for a 1:02.02 on the final 100. Another notable split from the race came from Nevada’s Wiktoria Samula, who posted a 32.58 on the breast split of her race. We’ll be keeping an eye on Samula in the 200 breast on Saturday.

SDSU also picked up a win in tonight’s diving event: the 3-meter. Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez pulled out a tight victory, scoring 375.45 points to win by 2.25 points.

UNLV pulled out the win in the 400 medley relay, thanks in large part to the lead established on the backstroke leg. Katsiaryna Afanasyeva led her team off in 52.84, the fastest back split in the field by a second. Calysta Bartlett then provided a 1:00.82 breast split, before Sarah Koopmans swam a 52.90 on the fly leg. Kristina Schneider anchored the Rebels in 48.67, sealing up the win for her team.


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