SWIMMING AND DIVING: At Oklahoma City, the BYU men's and San Diego State women's swimming and diving teams lead all teams with 297 and 251 points, respectively, through day two of the 2011 Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships.
UNLV is second in the men's rankings with 278 points, followed by Wyoming (241), Utah (201), TCU (177) and Air Force (151).
On the women's side, a single point separates second-place BYU (207) and third-place Wyoming (206), followed by Utah (190), New Mexico (170), TCU (149), UNLV (141), Colorado State (123) and Air Force (64).
Day three events begin at 9 a.m. at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center with the 400-yard individual medley preliminary heats. Finals will begin at 5 p.m.
The 2011 MWC Swimming and Diving Championships conclude Saturday.
The top five finishers in the women's 400-yard medley relay clocked NCAA B-cuts, led by Utah. The Utes, who finished the race with an MWC all-time record time of 3:38.33, earned their first victory in the event at the MWC Championship. Wyoming (3:38.62) and San Diego State (3:38.97) joined Utah on the medals podium.
Four student-athletes recorded NCAA-B qualifying times in the women's 200-yard individual medley, led by BYU senior Rachel Grant's winning time of 1:59.40. Utah's Hannah Caron (1:59.67) and BYU's Sara-Jayne Baldwin (2:00.41) rounded out the medals stand, while Wyoming's Lesley Young (2:01.50) also turned in an NCAA-B cut.
BYU freshman Jake Taylor secured his first-ever MWC individual title in the men's 200-yard individual medley, pacing the field in an MWC all-time record of 1:45.55 for NCAA provisional qualification. His teammate, senior Vytenis Slenys, finished second at 1:48.22, while UNLV freshman Giaco Gremizzi earned a bronze medal with a time of 1:48.34.
Each of the eight finalists in the women's 50-yard freestyle posted NCAA-B qualifying times, led by San Diego State senior Kimberly Bierwirth at 22.69. UNLV's Rachel Dixon finished in second with a time of 22.71, while Utah's Traycie Swartz came in third place at 22.88.
San Diego State junior Kristen Meier completed her sweep of the springboard events, after tallying 311.90 points on the women's 1-meter springboard. UNLV's Mariah Skeen captured the Rebels' first-ever MWC springboard medal with a second-place score of 294.20, while Utah's Ellis Walters received 293.05 points for a third-place finish.
Wyoming senior Mark Murdock earned a mark of 363.45 on the men's 3-meter springboard to secure his first ever MWC title in the event. He was followed by BYU junior Sam Hatch (362.20) in second and TCU senior Kyle Callens (351.10) in third.
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