Burke Claims MW Backstroke; Cowgirls Sitting 4th
SAN ANTONIO -- Junior Samantha Burke claimed the 100 backstroke on Friday for the first Mountain West title of her career, and the Cowgirls finished the day in fourth place in the Mountain West Championship.
Burke turned in a 53.15 to qualify for the final, and then clocked at 52.88, the fasted time of her career, to finish in first place. The Cowgirls head into the final day of the conference championship in fourth place with 657 points.
The Cowgirls started the evening strong in the 400 medley relay, placing second with a season-best time of 3:36.07. Burke, senior Maria Harutjunjan, freshman Hannah McLean-Leonard and junior Isobel Ryan comprised the team.
Junior Shannon Chelsvig was UW’s top finisher in the 400 individual medley, recording a career-best time of 4:24.33 to place 13th. McLean-Leonard placed fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.79. Her prelim time of 53.57 was a career best.
Senior Kelly Sheldon picked up important points for UW in the 200 freestyle, recording a time of 1:48.95 to place eighth. Harutjunjan finished ninth in the 100 breaststroke after missing the A final with a ninth-place time in preliminaries. She swam the fourth-fastest time of the final, but could only place as high as ninth in the B Final.