Allen Represents BYU at Nationals

Junior Brett Allen will represent his Cougars in the 50 and 100 free this week at NCAA's. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Junior Brett Allen of the BYU men's swim team heads to Atlanta, Georgia for NCAA National Championships this week to represent his Cougars in the 50 and 100 free.

"Brett is undefeated in the 50 free on the year," said Coach Tim Powers. "There are ten guys only a tenth of a second in front of him and ten guys a tenth of a second behind him, he has as good of shot as anybody."

Allen is tied for 15th in the nation in the 50-yard free with a time of 19.69, which he achieved in finals at the Mountain West Conference Championships at the end of last month. He is also swimming the 100-yard free at the NCAA's, in which he is ranked 27th in the nation with a time of 43.84.

"This is the hardest meet in the world and there is no room for error," Powers said. "It is an exciting meet, it is a fast meet and it is a fun meet."

Powers has taken at least one swimmer to the NCAA National Championships all of his 31 seasons as the men's head coach.

This week's meet has the fastest swimmers in the world; even faster times are achieved at this meet than at the Olympics because 40-percent of the swimmers are foreign. Last year, nine world records were achieved, while at the last Summer Olympics only four were set.

Junior Jorge Azevedo missed going to NCAA's by eight-one-hundredths of a second in the 100-yard fly with his MWC Championship second-place time of 48.45.

Check www.byucougars.com/swimming_diving/ to see how Allen does this week at NCAA's, or go to Georgia Tech Athletics homepage for day-by-day results at:

http://ramblinwreck.collegesports.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/2006-m-swim...