Swim & Dive Ready for MW Championships

Feb. 12, 2018

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego State swimming and diving team looks for its fourth Mountain West Championship title in the last eight years this week at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas, with the Aztecs beginning Mountain West Championship action this Wednesday, Feb. 14. FloSwimming will broadcast each day of the event and live results will be available on themw.com.

The Aztecs have recorded a top-three finish in each of the last eight seasons at the Mountain West Championships, including last year’s second-place score. The Aztecs had 10 swimmers and divers on the All-Mountain West team a season ago, and the team returns eight of those honorees, including Frida Berggren (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 fly), Alexandra Caplan (1-meter, 3-meter, platform), Nicole Dutton (3-meter), Summer Harrison (100 fly), Rachael Kelch (400 IM, 200 fly), Morganne McKennan (100 breast), McKenna Meyer (500 free, 400 IM, 1650 free) and Alma Thormalm (100 free). For her efforts last season, Meyer earned Freshman of the Meet honors after placing in the top five in three different individual events.

SDSU currently ranks No. 49 nationally in CollegeSwimming’s College Championship Team Rankings with 711.95 points, the second most of any MW program. The Aztecs only trail Boise State (716.07) in the rankings.

As a team, the Aztecs have recorded nine B-cut times this season, including three apiece from McKenna Meyer and Frida Berggren. Meyer has five times inside the Mountain West’s top three this season, including the league’s fastest 400 IM (4:12.46), the second-fastest 500 free (4.45.89), the second fastest 200 IM (2:00.51), the third fastest 1000 free (10:01.24) and the third fastest 1650 (16:35.86).

Berggren possesses the fastest 200 fly time in the MW this year at 1:59.32, while her 4:14.06 time in the 400 IM is second in the league only to Meyer. Her 2:00.93 in the 200 IM also ranks near the league’s top at fourth place.

Courtney Vincent and Summer Harrison each own B-cut times in the 100 fly, with Harrison’s 53.88 being the third fastest in the league, while Vincent’s 54.52 is the fifth fastest in the conference.

SDSU will go into the conference championship with a sense of familiarity with the competing teams, having competed against Nevada, Fresno State, San Jose State, Air Force, Colorado State and New Mexico already this season. The Aztecs finished the 2017-18 campaign with an 11-1 mark in dual meets, which included dual meet wins over Air Force, Fresno State, and New Mexico.  

SDSU squared off with Nevada, Fresno State and San Jose State in the Chick-fil-A Invitational on Oct. 6, 2017, and posted a second-place finish in the event, trailing only event-winner California. The Aztecs collected 677 points in the meet, placing ahead of Nevada (654.5), Fresno State (518) and San Jose State (460).  

In dual meet action, the Aztecs topped Air Force 199-92 in a tri-meet in conjunction with Cal Poly on Dec. 22, 2017. Two weeks later, the Aztecs defeated Fresno State and New Mexico on Jan. 8. Colorado State handed SDSU its only dual meet loss of the season (153-147) in the all-MW quad meet, snapping a streak of 24 consecutive dual meet victories for the Aztecs that dated back to the start of the 2015-16 season.

In last year’s Mountain West Championships, the Aztecs posted an eye-catching 28 times and scores that rank inside the program’s top 10 record book. Alexandra Caplan set the school record for 3-meter springboard competition with a score of 359.65, while Summer Harrison posted a program record in the 100 fly at 52.68.
 
Following the Mountain West Championships, the NCAA Championships will be held from March 13-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

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