Cowboys Take 1st Day Lead in WAC Swimming

Sophomore Scotia Mullin and junior Ryan Russi finished first and second on the men’s three-meter Wednesday evening, helping the Cowboys tale the first-day lead in the 2018 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

Mullin, Russi and freshman Elijah Chan all qualified for the final after finishing in the top eight of the prelims earlier. In the final, Mullin scored a season-best 349.50 to claim the conference title for the first time in his career. Last season, Mullin finished second in the three-meter before going on to place first in the one-meter and platform.

Russi placed second with a mark of 329.40, his highest career finish in any event at the WAC Championships. Chan placed eighth with a score of 253.35, just three points shy of a personal best.

In the 200 medley relay, the Cowboys team of senior Wade Nelson, junior David Murphy, senior Jacob Porter and senior Kyle White clocked a time of 1:27.51, a tenth of a second off second-place Air Force’s time.

In the 800 freestyle relay, sophomore PJ Musser, sophomore Jacob Harlan, senior Slade Sheaffer and junior Jack Herron set a mark of 6:30.24, more than 10 seconds faster than their previous season best.

With the first day of action in the books, the Cowboys have a team total of 121 points. Air Force follows close with 103 points, just ahead of third-place Grand Canyon with 100 points. UNLV (93), CSU Bakersfield (65) and Seattle (52) round out the rest of the conference.

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