Wyoming’s Ryan Earns 100-Backstroke Conference Title

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Minneapolis, Minn. (Feb. 24, 2019) – Senior Isobel Ryan took her first Mountain West title of her career in the 100 backstroke on Friday night at the 2019 Championships. It’s the first time since Kelsey Conci won back to back titles in the backstroke event during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Fellow senior Samantha Burke won the title a year ago.

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Ryan swam at 52.96 in the preliminary to place second and qualify for the final. In the last event of the evening session, she broke her previous mark with a career-best race and clocked a 52.66 to claim the conference title. It is the second-fastest time in school history and UW’s first conference title of the 2019 championships.

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Earlier on Friday, sophomore Hannah Mclean-Leonard recorded a school and career record time of 52.96 in the 100 butterfly to place third in the preliminaries. She broke the mark of 53.33 set by Molly Coonce in 2015. Mclean-Leonard followed that up 53.21 in the finals just shy of Vincent from Boise State to place second.

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