Dixie State women’s swimming team broke five school records and combined to post 19 total top marks through the first two days of the 2018 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships at the Splash Aquatics Center.
Dixie State currently stands in 10th place overall in the 13-team field with 174 points. UC San Diego leads Fresno Pacific, 603-493, after two days of swimming and diving competition, followed by Cal State East Bay (403.5 pts) in third, Azusa Pacific (400 pts) in fourth and Pepperdine (265.5 pts) rounds out the top five.
The Trailblazers opened the meet Wednesday night with a bang as DSU combined to break four school records. Sophomore Katie Pack broke her own 1,000-yard freestyle standard with a 21st place time of 10:42.69, while freshman Shelby Graves followed in 26th place at 10:59.93, which is the fourth-fastest time in program history.
Three more records fell in the relay races, starting with the 200 medley relay as the tandem of Anna Ward, Hannah Hansen, Audrey Parrish and Miriam Gonzalez placed seventh overall with a record time of 1:46.58. Meanwhile, in the 800 free relay, the Trailblazers finished ninth with a school record time of 7:52.16. Freshman Megan Ruppenthal swam the opening 200-yard leg in a record time of 1:54.63, while Graves, Hannah Bodkin and Parrish brought DSU home with a new school mark.
Day two of competition on Thursday saw one more record fall and 10 top-10 all-time marks posted. Hansen shattered the 200 IM record by more than five seconds with a final heat time of 2:06.07 to place 13th overall. In addition, Gonzalez notched DSU’s first individual top-10 event finish with a seventh-place showing in the 50 free at 24.20 (No. 5 all-time), while she also recorded the second-fastest 50 free mark in program history with a prelim time of 24.05.
The Trailblazers also collected their third top-10 relay finish as the 200 free relay team of Phebe James, McKenna Fowler, Parrish and Gonzalez combined for an eighth-place time of 1:38.61.
Dixie State looks to climb up the standings on day three of competition Friday, which begins with preliminary rounds at 9:30 a.m. PT.
Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit www.dixieathletics.com and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.