From a young age, the phrase “finish strong” is taught to racing athletes across all sports.
The Nevada swimming and diving team executed this mantra to a tee last Saturday at the Lombardi Pool by demolishing San Jose State 179.5-120.5 on Senior Day to improve its season’s record to 8-1.
The Wolf Pack would go on to win 11 of 16 events at the meet and junior Krysta Palmer set the program record in the 3-meter dive with a score of 415.58. This was not Palmer’s first strong performance of the year as she set two pool records in a meet at UC Davis back in November.
Seniors Lauren Allen, Jocelin Drennan, Michelle Forman, Kaelie Reviglio and Luiza Vieira were all honored before the meet against the Spartans. In addition to Palmer’s memorable day, junior Yawen Li won three events while sophomores Teresa Baerens and Sita Kusserow each won two events apiece.
Following the conclusion of the meet, head coach Abby Steketee thanked all the fans and supporters of the program for willing their athletes to victory on Saturday.
“I’d like to thank everyone that came to the pool today,” Steketee said in a press release. “We have great fans from across Reno, the athletic department and the university. The fans provided a great atmosphere today.”
The Wolf Pack will have its next match at the end of the month against a strong 4-1 Boise State Broncos team in Idaho. After that the squad will travel to the four-day Mountain West Conference Championships held in San Antonio, Texas.
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