Aztecs trail Nevada by slim 2.5-point margin heading into third day
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February 21, 2019 (Minneapolis) - The San Diego State swimming and diving team trimmed its deficit against first-place standing Nevada to just 2.5 points after a successful second day at the Mountain West Championships on Thursday.
A day after setting a school and conference record in the 200 medley relay, the same quad of Aztecs set another school and conference record in the 400 medley relay with Elli Ferrin, Klara Thormalm, Courtney Vincent and Alma Thormalm combining for a time of 3:32.28 -- 4.30 seconds faster than second-place Boise State. The time from the Aztecs was also just .08 seconds shy of an A-cut automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Championships next month.
The Aztecs also gained significant points in the 50 free, as Alma Thormalm, Klara Thormalm, and Sammy Geyer finished second, third, and fourth, respectively. Alma Thormalm logged a time of 22.60, good for the fourth-fastest time in school history. Klara Thormalm followed at 22.70 -- the seventh fastest in the Aztec record book -- while Geyer closely followed at 22.71, the eighth-fastest time in Aztec history.
Vincent placed second in the 200 IM finals after winning the preliminary round. Vincent's time of 1:59.91 is the fourth-quickest in Aztec history. McKenna Meyer and Kristina Murphy finished the race fifth and sixth, respectively, with neck-and-neck times of 2:01.26 and 2:01.36.
A day after winning the 1-meter MW Championship and setting a new school record, Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez placed third on the 3-meter board with a score of 338.70. The score also marks as third-best in Aztec history.
Julia Wright was SDSU's top finisher in the 500 free, placing ninth with the seventh-fastest score in school history at 4:49.84.
Tomorrow's events include the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 free relay. The Aztecs have the No. 1 seeded times in the 400 IM (Meyer), 100 fly (Vincent), and100 breast (Klara Thormalm).