Day 2 Complete at the Nike Cup

Natasha Menezes help lead the Cougars as they completed the second day of the Nike Cup. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LONG BEACH -- The second day of the Nike Cup saw an impressive performance by BYU freshman Rachel Grant as she finished second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:22.05. Grant's performance highlighted another full day at the Belmont Pool in Long Beach, Calif., for the Cougars.

"Rachel (Grant) has had a great meet so far," BYU women's coach Stan Crump said. "But the really great thing is that we have not had anybody not record a season's best time so far in this meet. Everyone is improving and that is what we are after."

The BYU men's swimmers saw its most dominating performance in the 100 backstroke as the Cougars had three finishers in the top six. Jorge Azevedo led the top-finishing Cougars in this race with a time of 51.11 as John Ferrell touched the wall just after Azevedo in fourth place while Jacoby Jacobsen finished in sixth.

Natasha and Michelle Menezes and Leilani Roberts all finished in the top 10 of the 200 free on the women's side. Natasha recorded a time of 1:51.13 and came in fifth place, while her sister Michelle finished in 1:52.83 and Leilani completed the event in 1:52.27 to finish in eight and 10th respectively.

BYU senior Travis Price made a big contribution to the Cougar's team score as he finished in fourth place in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.45. Travis' wife, Angela Goodson-Price, also made splashes for the Cougars as she finished in sixth place in the 100 fly with a time of 57.44.

Both the Stanford men and the UCLA women continued their dominance in the team race as they widened their lead over the opposing teams. Stanford now leads by 671 over the second-place Cougar men and the UCLA women are ahead of the rest of the field by 441 points.

The final day of competition in the Nike Cup begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m.

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Team Scores After Day Two


Team Points

1. UCLA 1025.5

2. Brigham Young 577.5

3. Pacific 536

4. Rice 433

5. UC Irvine 374

6. San Jose State 368

7. UC San Diego 283

8. Pepperdine 259

9. New Mexico 220

10. Loyola Marymount 152

11. Air Force 144

12. UC Santa Cruz 133

13. San Diego 124

14. Cal State Northridge 114

15. Alaska 81

16. Cal Lutheran 77

17. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 50

18. Fresno Pacific 40

19. Grand Canyon 39

20. Soka 22

21. La Verne 12


Team Points

1. Stanford 1372

2. Brigham Young 637

3. Air Force 567

4. Pacific 414

5. UC Irvine 331

6. UC Davis 325

7. UC San Diego 278

8. Cal Baptist 253

9. Cal State Northridge 205

10. UC Santa Cruz 189

11. Fresno Pacific 124

12. Cal Lutheran 120

12. Grand Canyon 120

14. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 62

15. Soka 7

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