Quick day in the pool for mountain climbers

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Day three of the four-day 2022 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships began with preliminaries at 9 a.m. in four individual events, continues at 1 p.m. with the women’s 1-metre diving preliminaries, then ends with the final session of the day. starting at 17h

Western Colorado started day three in fourth place, but the Mountaineers more than halved Oklahoma Christian University’s third-place advantage after day one (112-92), reducing the gap of 20 points to only eight (241-233).

Western had its most successful preliminary session of the competition on Friday, lifting 13 morning swimmers to the evening consolation or championship final.

Jordan Maruska, Shea Yuran and Lauren Linneman will represent Western in the 500-yard freestyle consolation final. Maruska enters the night seeded 11th after a preliminary time of 5 minutes, 18.31 seconds. Yuran (5:20.21) is 14th while Linneman (5:22.80) squeezed through the heat in 16th. Unfortunately for Western, Linneman’s time knocked out another climber, Demetra Fellows, by 11/100ths of a second (5:22.91).

Courtney Coplan – who led the 400m medley relay on Thursday night with a split time of 57.36 backstroke – will enter the 100m backstroke championship final after posting the fifth-fastest time, 57.74 seconds, on Friday morning.

Tayla Liddle (59.85) and Audrey Jacobs (1:01.14) will return in the consolation wave of the 100 backstroke. Liddle’s first sub-minute swim this season was 12th fastest in preliminaries and Jacobs’ season-best time of 1:01.14 was 16th fastest, edging out teammate Bella Gamez (1:01 .35) for the last place in the consoles round.

A quartet of climbers will return to the 100m breaststroke, led by Addison O’Donnell and Adrianna Bese in the championship final. O’Donnell slashed two seconds off his record from the previous season to post the second-fastest time of the day, hitting the pad with a time of 1:04.57. Bese (who shared a time of 1:06.74 in Wednesday’s medley relay) has now broken her season best (1:11.98) twice in around 14 hours, finishing the preliminaries in 1:06.78 to head to the seventh seed of the evening.

Trinity Caudle (1:10.16) and Sophie Vigil (1:10.16) tied in the preliminary session for 15th and 16th, earning starts in the evening’s consolation heat.

Megan Walton will lead a trio of climbers in the consolation heat of the 200 butterfly. She posted a time of 2:18.27 in the morning (10th fastest), while Adelaide Rau (2:19.10) will be seeded 11th with Fellows (2:21.13) seeded 14th. Chloe Walker (2:24.47) was the third unlucky climber, finishing one place back for the consoles round, despite slashing 12 seconds from her season best time with a preliminary time of 2:24, 57.

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