Allen, Watson and BYU Men's Swim Team Earn MWC Awards

Brett Allen won two individual MWC titles and was part of two relay teams that placed first at the 2007 MWCC. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU men's swim team capped off an incredible Mountain West Conference Championship meet placing second (684.5), 15 points behind first-place UNLV (699.5). The Cougars tied one MWC all-time record, won eight MWC titles and saw 12 athletes earn All-MWC awards.

"As a team it's a tough meet to swallow, but our guys did a great job," said BYU men's head swim coach Tim Powers. "We were right there to make a run with them right at the end. Individually, we had some great performances. "

All-American Brett Allen had one of the most impressive BYU performances at the MWC Championships where he tied the MWC 50 free record (19.62), won the 50 free (19.62) and 100 free (43.84) MWC titles and contributed on two first-place relay squads, the 200 medley (1:28.60) and 200 free (1:19.13). Allen earned six All-MWC awards and was honored as the 2006-07 MWC Co-Swimmer of the Year.

"I had one the greatest meets of my life," said Allen. "I went my best times in both the 50 and 100 and had some really good swims in the relays."

Senior Jorge Azevedo had two MWC titles in the 100 fly (47.71) and the 100 back (49.33) and swam with Allen on the first-place 200 medley and 200 free relays. Azevedo earned All-MWC honors in seven different events, including the 100 free where he placed fourth (44.80).

Freshman Brandon Watson was the third Cougar to take home two MWC titles winning the 1- (344.80) and 3-meter (393.65) dives and placing second in the platform dive (332.35). Watson earned All-MWC in all three events and was honored as the 2006-07 MWC Diver of the Year.

BYU had nine other All-MWC selections in 11 different events. Travis Price earned six All-MWC awards (500 free, 200 free, 1650 free, 200 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 free relay), Chris Patience had five (100 free, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay), Zach Anderson and Chad Fong took home three (Anderson in the 500 free, 200 free and 800 free relay and Fong in the 500 free, 1650 free and 800 free relay), Neal Hamilton and Jacoby Jacobson earned two (Hamilton in the 400 IM and 800 free relay and Jacobson in the 100 back and 400 medley relay) and Jeffrey Su (200 fly), Mark Chay (200 medley relay) and Kenny Clark (200 IM) each had one.

BYU will now train for the NCAA Championships that will be held March 15-17. Allen, Azevedo, Watson and the 200 free relay squad have a good chance of being selected to compete.