(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
IRVINE -- After day one of the Lincoln Shootout, the BYU Cougars' men's swim team beat each of the other four schools that were invited to the event. The Shootout continues tomorrow at 12 p.m. in the Anteater Aquatics Complex on the campus of UC Irvine.
Each team in the event is scored in a head-to-head dual-meet format on Friday and Saturday separately. Today BYU narrowly beat Hawaii by only 14 points and the winner of their match-up was not clear until the final event was scored. BYU also came out on top of the other competition: UC Irvine (85-55), Cal State Northridge (126-12) and Cal Poly (97-43).
"I am very happy with how good we looked today," BYU coach Tim Powers said. "The guys did really well. But I have reminded the guys that we still need to be prepared for tomorrow because we will surely see even tougher competition then."
A couple of the top performers for the Cougars were seniors Jorge Azevedo and Neal Hamilton. Azevedo found himself touching the finishing wall the fastest in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100 butterfly. In the 100 back he finished with a time of 51.50 and in the 100 fly he scored a time of 48.77. Hamilton had a very impressive swim in the 400 IM as he set an Anteater Aquatics Complex pool record, and won the event, with a time of 3:57.44.
The Cougars could have easily feel victim to their travel schedules as they were forced to fly early in the morning Friday and be ready to swim by noon. To add to the difficulty, they did not have a chance to stop anywhere to eat beforehand so they were force to eat only small snacks before they jumped in the pool.
The final day of the Lincoln Shootout will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m.