Swimming and Diving: Berghian Captures MWC 3-Meter Diving Title
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.- UNM diver Tracey Berghian has captured the second Mountain West Conference diving title in as many days. The junior from Phoenix, Arizona won the 3-meter diving competition this evening at the MWC Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. Her victory follows that of teammate Becca Barras who won the 1-meter diving title yesterday evening. UNM had not won a conference championship event in 12 years until Barras' feat yesterday.
Berghian finished the preliminary round of 3-meter diving in third spot with 421.65 points behind Barras who had 463.50 points. BYU's Kelli Einfeldt lead the pack in the prelims with a score of 471.00. With competition heating up on the boards going into the finals this evening, Berghian rose to the occasion. She dove exceptionally well and earned an overall score of 485.50 to give her first place. Barras improved on her preliminary score and finished the evening with a score of 476.50 on the 3-meter board to slot her in third place. Cougar diver Kelli Einfeldt placed second with 478.60 points. With their scores, both Berghian and Barras earned berths into the 2003 Diving Zones which will take place March 13-15 in Oklahoma City.
UNM also had appearances in four swimming events today. Freshman Robyn Miller placed seventh in the 500 free with a time of 4:59.95 in the finals. Miller moved up from her eighth place preliminary spot and improved on her first time of 4:59.99.
In the 200 IM, Heather Morsilli had the best Lobo performance with a 15th-place finish. She had a time of 2:09.19 in the preliminaries and 2:09.39 in the finals.
Myra Will swam in her best event today, the 50 free, and managed the top New Mexico swimming finish of the day. Amongst a strong field of sprint freestylers, Will finished seventh after the preliminaries, completing the race in a quick 23.50. She bettered her first time in the finals of the event, clocking in at 23.44 for fifth place, only three tenths of a second off the school record time of 23.10. Freshman Kelsey Leckovic also placed among the top-16 in the 50 free. She finished the event in 14th place with a final time of 24.20.
The final swimming event of Day 2 for UNM was the 400 medley relay. The Lobo "A" team had a season-best time of 3:53.35, a mere tenth of a point away from breaking the school record.
New Mexico finished the day's events in fifth place with 181 points, seven points back from fourth place Utah. UNLV has a clear lead in the women's competition with 251points, followed by Colorado State with 241 and BYU with 215.50.
Day 3 of the MWC Championships in Oklahoma City will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with preliminary rounds of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back . Finals of the events will commence at 6 p.m. and will also include the 200 free relay.!