|Lucas wins platform title|
HOUSTON, Texas - Despite having only an occasional opportunity to dive off the platform, University of Idaho freshman Janelle Lucas found her way to winning the title at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
She not only won, she won convincingly with a score of 278.20 - 32 points better than the runner-up finisher.
Lucas' dive was one of a number of strong individual performances by the Vandals, who finished fifth in the team competition. Northern Arizona won with 807.5 points with four teams - New Mexico State (488), Grand Canyon (466.5), Cal State-Bakersfield (463) and Idaho (441.5), battling for second.
Maren Seljevold and Nikki Imanaka picked up points on the platform as well with Seljevold finishing sixth in the B final with 176.30 and Imanaka was eighth in the B final with 165.30.
Sophomore Cara Jernigan was fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.13 with three of her teammates picking up B final points - Clothilde Peseux winning in 2:19.37, Lauren Votava sixth in 2:22.14, and Delaney Boulo seventh in 2:22.77.
Victoria Papke was eighth in the 200 backstroke in 2:04.70. In the B final of the 200 back, Alexandria Magrino was third in 2:03.90 and Erica King was fourth in 2:04.39.
In the 200 fly, Vivian Crow was sixth in 2:03.03, while Emily Kliewer was second in the 100 free B final with a time of 51.54, with Maryann Kok sixth in 51.90.
Sarah Mabee-Hall finished 10th in the 1650 free style with a time of 17:16.37, and the 400 free relay team - Kliewer, Aileen Pannecoucke, Kok and Sami Hendricks, was fifth in 3:26.11.