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San Diego State to Swim at MWC Championships in Oklahoma City

SDSU heads to Oklahoma City for the MWC Swimming and Diving Championships.
SDSU heads to Oklahoma City for the MWC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Feb. 21, 2005


SDSU Swimming and Diving Weekly Release
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San Diego State to Swim at MWC Championships in Oklahoma City
* San Diego State (5-8, 1-6 MWC) will travel to Oklahoma City to compete at the Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships which take place Wednesday through Saturday on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College. The conference meet is an all day event that will feature all eight member institutions.

Weekly Recap
* The Aztecs were last in action on Feb. 5 when they swam against Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Ariz. SDSU struggled from the outset losing to the Lumberjacks, 180-94, at Wall Aquatic Center.

The Lumberjacks swept the meet by winning every event and improved to 4-2 on the season, while the Aztecs closed out the 2004-05 dual-meet season at 5-8 overall.

In the final dual-meet before the MWC Championships, SDSU started out slow, finishing third in the 400-meter medley relay. After a fourth- and fifth-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle, sophomore Caitlin Friedhoff put in a second-place effort with a time of 2:10.69 in the 200-meter freestyle.

During the next four events, SDSU had no swimmer finish higher than third-place. In the eighth event of the day, junior Lindsey Minnich set a season-high score of 225.00 in the one-meter diving competition.

SDSU at the Championships
* This is the sixth year the MWC Championships have been held in Oklahoma City and each year, the Aztecs have finished no higher than sixth. The last two seasons, SDSU has finished in eighth and in 2002 they closed out the meet in seventh. The last time the Aztecs finished in sixth was in 2000 and 2001, the first two years of the conference.

Conference Standings
* The Aztecs completed the 2004-05 campaign right where they were predicted to finish according to the MWC preseason poll. SDSU ended up with a 1-7 conference dual meet record, good for seventh, just ahead of eighth-place Air Force. The final MWC standings can be found in the bottom left-hand corner of this release.

Youth Movement
* Of the team's nineteen swimmers and divers, only eight have experienced the MWC Championships. The other 11 team members are either freshmen or junior college transfers.

The rest of the MWC breaks down like this:
Brigham Young returned 21 this season, Wyoming - 19, Colorado State - 18, Utah - 17, New Mexico - 15, Air Force - 14, and UNLV - 13.

Diving Into the Championships
* This season, the Aztecs should do much better at the MWC Championships than in years past with the addition of freshmen divers Joelle Felton and Kathleen Heuring.

In previous years, the Aztecs have lacked divers which meant giving up free points to the other member institutions. This year, SDSU has the aformentioned pair of divers as well as junior Lindsey Minnich.

With three divers able to compete, it should give the Aztecs the extra points to move up in the final standings.

So Long Seniors
* This week's conference meet will mark the last time the squad's two seniors will swim as Aztecs. Jennifer Arrow (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) and Stephanie Chambers (San Clemente, Calif./Oregon State) are the lone seniors on the roster and will be looking to finish off their SDSU career with a splash.

Arrow, a four-year letterwinner has historically saved her best performances for the MWC Championships. In the last three years, she has produced personal- and season-best times.

Chambers, a transfer from Oregon State two years ago, set a career-best time of 5:08.58 at last year's meet in the 500-yard freestyle.

For the complete swimming and diving release, click on the link at the top of the page.