Olympics end for BYU swimmers and divers

The final dive of Rachelle Kunkel was the last dip in the pool for the five swimmers and divers with BYU ties. Kunkel had the most favorable ending of former Cougars, placing ninth in the 3-meter springboard finals today.

Justin Wilcock, the second of former BYU divers to compete in Athens, did not fare as well as his fellow teammate. Wilcock went into the men's 3-meter springboard competition with a stress fracture of his fifth vertebrate and didn't have the strength to push off the board, as he would have liked. The fact that he placed last among the divers competing was not as important as the fact that he finished the competition at all.

Two members of the Singapore swim team, a former and current athlete for BYU, were happy to represent the small nation off the coast of the Malaysian peninsula. Gary Tan, a former Cougar swam a time of 2:08.44 in the 200-meter individual medley giving him 43rd place overall.

The second BYU connection from Singapore was Mark Chay who came in with a time of 52.83 in the 100-meter free and 1:54.70 in the 200-meter free. Chay came in 56th and 51st, respectively in each event.

The final Cougar swimmer was Brazilian Diogo de Oliveira Yabe who turned in a time of 2:03.86 in the 200-meter individual relay. Yabe swam well but came up a second and a half short of qualifying for the semifinal heats. In the end the Brazilian placed 26th.

The five Cougars matched the highest number of swimmers and divers to compete in the Olympics in the last 20 years. Yabe and Chay will return to BYU after the Olympics to compete for the men's swimming team this season. The pair will look to help the Cougars capture a sixth straight Mountain West Conference Championship.