Morgan McCormick Sets School Record in 200 IM At Mountain West Championships

Riley Spitser's fourth place swim in the 500 free helped the Spartans move up in the team standings.
Feb. 19, 2015

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San Antonio, Texas ----- Freshman Morgan McCormick set a school record in a preliminary heat of the 200 individual medley as San Jose State University moved into ninth place after the second day of the 2015 Mountain West Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

McCormick swam a 2:00.41 time in her preliminary race earning NCAA Championship "B" cut status. Her record-setting swim bettered the previous San Jose State mark of 2:01.08 set by Julia Craddock at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championship. The freshman from Golden, Colo., finished seventh in the 200 IM championship final at 2:01.90.

Freshman diver Cari Reiswig from Galt, Calif., scored for the Spartans the second night in a row with her fifth place finish in the 3-meter event. On the opening night of the championships, she was fourth in the 1-meter dive.

"We're very pleased with Cari's performance. She is the first diver to score for us at a Mountain West meet," said San Jose State coach Sage Hopkins. "She has a day off tomorrow and we're looking forward to her in the platform (event) on Saturday."

Juniors Riley Spitser and Brynne Beneke rounded out San Jose State's scoring for the night. Spitser placed fourth in the 500 free with her 4:49.03 time. Beneke was 16th in the 50 free at 23.57 after qualifying for the consolation final with a lifetime best of 23.44 in her preliminary heat race.

Beneke's 50 free and McCormick's 200 IM were two of 20 lifetime best swims by the Spartans during the day's morning and evening sessions.

"This is our best performance (as a team) in a conference championship since 2012 based on individual best times. We are performing very well. This team is very resilient despite the DQ's we had in the relays (on Wednesday)," Hopkins said about the first half of the conference championship meet.

In the team competition, San Jose State scored points in each of the day's five contested events and moved up one place to ninth in the 10-team championship with 83 points. Colorado State, in seventh with 94, and Fresno State, eighth with 90.5, are just ahead of the Spartans. Boise State at 275 holds a slim lead over San Diego State, second at 268.

The championships continue on February 20 with the 400 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back races scheduled.

2015 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

Palo Alto College Natatorium, San Antonio, Texas

February 19, 2015

Results from day 2 of 4

Team Scores - 1, Boise State, 275. 2, San Diego State, 268. 3, Nevada, 216. 4, UNLV, 140. 5, Wyoming, 122.5. 6, Air Force, 116. 7, Colorado State, 94. 8, Fresno State, 90.5. 9, San Jose State 83. 10, New Mexico, 68.

200 free relay - 1, San Diego State, 1:28.72. 2, Boise State, 1:30.32. 3, UNLV, 1:30.46. 4, Wyoming, 1:32.03. 5, Fresno State, 1:32.53. 6, San Jose State (Brynne Beneke, Christina Bruni, Michaela McLean, Angel Van Hofwegen), 1:33.21. 7, Air Force, 1:33.45. 8, Colorado State, 1:33.51. 9, Nevada, 1:33.56. 10, New Mexico, DQ.

3-meter diving - 1, Krysta Palmer, Nevada, 359.40. 2, Ariana Milone, Colorado State, 338.10. 3, Erin Kohlbeck, Boise State, 337.40. 4, Alexandra Caplan, San Diego State, 333.75. 5, Cari Reiswig, San Jose State, 281.20. 6, Isabelle Choquehuanca, San Diego State, 260.65. 7, Wendy Esquivel, Nevada, 250.75. 8, Michele Serra, UNLV, 249.80. Other San Jose State finisher - 22, Kylie Fonseca, 215.20.

500 free - 1, Genevieve Miller, Air Force, 4:42.47 (Mountain West record). 2, Sara Menke, Air Force, 4:46.54. 3, Henny Eriksen, Nevada, 4:47.55. 4, Riley Spitser, San Jose State, 4:49.03. 5, Sita Kusserow, Nevada, 4:50.22. 6, Amelia Draney, Boise State, 4:50.39. 7, Emri Moore, Boise State, 4:52.38. 8, Felicity Cann, Boise State, 4:53.98.

200 individual medley - 1, Yawen Li, Nevada, 1:57.59. 2, Samantha Wicks, Boise State, 1:58.06. 3, Teresa Baerens, Nevada, 1:59.16. 4, Frida Berggren, San Diego State, 1:59.63. 5, Arantxa Medina-Alegria, Nevada, 2:00.31. 6, Sydney Johansen, Boise State, 2:01.11. 7, Morgan McCormick, San Jose State, 2:01.90. 8, Kimberly Davis, Air Force, 2:01.92. Other San Jose State finishers - 31, Haley Smith, 2:06.95. 34, Cassidy Robinson, 2:07.25. 39, Amanda Buxbaum, 2:07.99. 40, Alli Davis, 2:08.08.

50 free - 1, Anika Apostalon, San Diego State, 21.82. 2, Chelsea Bailey, San Diego State, 22.47. 3, Julia Fehervari, UNLV, 22.68. 4, Taylor Johnson, San Diego State, 22.81. 5, Katelyn Martin, Boise State, 22.88. 6, Morgan Ginnis, New Mexico, 22.96. 7, Brittany Aoyama, 23.09. 8, Katie Kicklighter, Colorado State, 23.34. San Jose State finishers - 16, Brynne Beneke, 23.57. 19, Christina Bruni, 23.73. 26, Angel Von Hofwegen, 23.73. 32, Taylor Solorio, 23.76. 38, Amber Nelson, 24.11. 52, Jenner Johnson, 24.67. 60, Dominique Yoder, 30.11. NP, Shannon Slaught, x24.38; Alyssa Cable, x24.24; Morgan Miller, x24.45.