Cougars will face two opponents in two days

Natasha Schlup placed first in the 200 back last year vs. the Falcons (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

The men and women will face two opponents in two days when they face the Air Force Academy and Wyoming on back-to-back days. The Cougars are preparing to face the Falcons on Friday and the Cowboys on Saturday.

"They are both going to be tough," men's head coach Tim Powers said. "Both teams have strong swimmers, Chris Knaute (AFA) is tough to beat in long distance freestyle events and Wyoming's Scott Usher is an Olympian and makes that team strong in breast and medley relays."

The Cougar men head into the weekend's competition undefeated and stand at no. 19 in the latest polls. The Falcons are coming off a one point victory against UNLV in Colorado Springs, a UNLV team that BYU also slipped by with a score of 122.5-107.5.

The Saturday meeting between the Cougar men and the Wyoming Cowboys will feature two Olympians. Wyoming's Scott Usher competed for the United States in breaststroke events and BYU sophomore Mark Chay who swam for Singapore.

"Wyoming is a scary team," women's head coach Stan Crump said. "Scott Usher alone is worth coming to see."

For the women the meet with the Cowgirls of Wyoming was close last year with the Cougars coming away with the win in Laramie 125-118. The Cougars will look to repeat the outcome of last year and win at home.

The Cougar women have already swam against Air Force Academy earlier in the year when they faced the Falcons in the Speedo Cup held in November. The Cougars finished the meet in sixth and saw Air Force finish in the ninth spot.

"I really expect both teams to come and race," Crump said.

The Cougars will face Air Force Friday night at 5 p.m. and follow up with a meeting with the Cowboys Saturday at noon.

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