Wicks sets school record, wins silver at MWC Championships

February 19, 2015

Sam Wicks swimming

Sam Wicks

Boise State University swimmer Samantha Wicks of Anchorage twice broke her own school record and won a silver medal in the 200 IM on Day 2 of the Mountain West Swimming & Diving Championships in Texas.

She swam a 1:58.44 to post the fastest time in qualifying in the morning then dropped the record to 1:58.06 in the final, finishing second after she was caught by Nevada’s Yawen Li near the halfway point of the race.

“If you’d have told me that it would’ve taken a one-fifty-seven-five to win this year I wouldn’t have believed you, so it was great to see them feed off of each other and race well,” Boise State coach Kristin Hill told the school’s website.

“Sam beat her entry times by eight-tenths by the end of the night, which was phenomenal, and her time should be good enough to get her invited to the NCAAs as an individual. It would’ve been great for her to win but when someone beats you going that fast there’s not a lot you can do.”

Wicks, of East High fame, set three school records at last year’s conference championships, in the 50 back [24.95], 100 back [53.08] and 200 medley relay [1:37.75].

On Day 1 of this year’s meet, she was part of a 200 medley relay team that set another relay provisional standard in 1:38.11. That time was good enough for a second-place finish, barely over a half-second behind winner San Diego State.

“Sam Wicks led off the 200 medley relay faster than she’d ever been before, and they got second and swam hard,” Hill said.