Every senior wants to win on Senior Day, and the Idaho swim and dive team did just that Saturday. The Vandals beat WAC opponent Grand Canyon 213-89 at the UI Swim Center.
Although it was Senior Day, Idaho still competes one more time at the UI Swim Center when it takes on Utah Feb. 14.
Against Grand Canyon, Idaho was led by senior Rachel Millet, who won all three of her individual events – the 200 freestyle with a time of one minute, 52.21 seconds, the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.22 and the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.95. Millet also helped her team win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.45. Freshman Cara Jernigan, junior Jamie Sterbis and senior Erica Anderson made up the rest of that winning team.
Sterbis and freshman Christine Renzini each won two individual events. Sterbis won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.68. Sterbis, senior Kirah Monks, junior Sami Hendricks and Anderson won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:30.58.
Renzini won the 1,000 freestyle by posting a time of 10:19.30 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:13.18.
Idaho freshman Nikki Imanaka won the 3-meter and 1-meter diving events.
In the 3-meter, Imanaka posted a score of 216.30, beating junior teammate Delaney Peugh, who posted a 210.15 for second place. In the 1-meter, Imanaka scored a 219.68. Her freshman teammate Maren Seljevold earned a 214.50 to take second.
After two consecutive home competitions, the Vandals will be out of the state next week. The divers will compete at the Air Force Invite Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the swimmers will take on Oregon State next Saturday in Corvallis, Oregon.
Garrett Cabeza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org