MWC Preseason Swim Polls Released

Angela Goodsen-Price looks to lead BYU to a MWC Championship (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women's swimming team has been voted to capture the 2007-08 Mountain West Conference regular-season title, while UNLV is favored to win the men's swimming and diving title. The Cougar men finished in a close second in voting done by the league's coaches for the MWC preseason poll released Thursday.

"If we swim well, with the talent that we have, we will be hard to beat this year," BYU women's swim coach Stan Crump said. "The key to that is we need to swim well and stay healthy to give ourselves a shot at winning the conference title. We have as much talent this year as we have ever had on our team."

The BYU women's team received eight first-place votes and gathered 72 points to capture first-place acclaim. UNLV collected the other first-place vote and was predicted to finish second with 63 points. Utah claimed the third spot with 55 points and Wyoming was picked fourth with 46 points. Colorado State settled in at fifth with 39 points and TCU was chosen sixth with 32 points. New Mexico (23 points), San Diego State (18 points) and Air Force (12 points) rounded out the poll finishing seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

The Cougar women are lead by senior captain Angela Goodsen-Price. They also have a strong group of incoming freshman highlighted by Rachael Grant from Walnut, Calif., whose main events are the 200 butterfly and 400 IM.

On the men's side BYU received 21 points for second place - four points behind preseason favorite UNLV. The Cougar men also received one first-place vote, while the Rebels collected the other five. Wyoming claimed third place with 16 points and Air Force landed in fourth with 12 points. Utah notched 10 points and was chosen fifth, while TCU was picked sixth with six points.

In last year's campaign the preseason poll turned out to be right on. The Cougar men were selected to finish first and the women second and, they both did just that during the regular season. Then during the 2006-07 MWC Championship the women claimed the title and the men finished in a close second.

Both BYU swimming teams will be in action next on Oct. 12 in Salt Lake City at the Don Reddish Relays.

Preseason Men's Swimming & Diving Poll

Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points

1. UNLV (5) 25

2. BYU (1) 21

3. Wyoming 16

4. Air Force 12

5. Utah 10

6. TCU 6

Preseason Women's Swimming & Diving Poll

Pl. Team (1st Place Votes) Points

1. BYU (8) 72

2. UNLV (1) 63

3. Utah 55

4. Wyoming 46

5. Colorado State 39

6. TCU 32

7. New Mexico 23

8. San Diego State 18

9. Air Force 12