Aztecs sit in second place after day one
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February 20, 2019 (Minneapolis) - Freshman diver Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez and the 200 medley relay team of Elli Ferrin, Klara Thormalm, Courtney Vincent and Alma Thormalm both set school records for the San Diego State swimming and diving team on the first day of the Mountain West Championships. The Aztecs currently sit in second with 178.5 points, trailing only Nevada by a 25.5-point margin.
The 200 medley relay team of Ferrin, Klara Thormalm, Vincent, and Alma Thormalm posted a time of 1:36.76, setting a new Mountain West record and breaking the previous school record set four years ago at the 2015 Mountain West Championships. The time also was just .01 seconds shy from automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas next month.
Lechuga Gonzalez ended a seven-year drought for Aztec divers, becoming the first SDSU diver to win a Mountain West title since Kristen Meier won the platform competition in 2012. Lechuga Gonzalez's score of 325.55 broke Alexandra Caplan's previous school record of 325.20, which she set December 1, 2017.
SDSU concluded the event with a fourth-place finish in the 800 free relay, as Mia Ryan, McKenna Meyer, Kristina Murphy, and Julia Wright teamed up for a time of 7:16.72. The time marks as the ninth-fastest in school history.
The Aztecs are set for the second day of the MW Championships tomorrow, which features 3-meter diving, the 500 free, the 200 IM, the 50 free, and the 400 medley relay. The Aztecs currently hold the fastest Mountain West times in both the 50 free (Alma Thormalm) and 400 medley relay.
1. Nevada - 204
2. San Diego State - 178.5
3. Boise State - 152
4. Fresno State - 141
5. New Mexico - 139.5
6. UNLV - 118
7. Wyoming - 113.5
8. Colorado State - 107.5
T-9. Air Force - 92
T-9. San Jose State - 92