Mark Chay had the best performance of the day with a 4th place finish (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
After the first day of Speedo Cup action in Irvine, California, the women swimmers stand in sixth place and the men are in second. The Cougars have seen tough competition from a Stanford squad ranked in the top six of both polls who currently hold the top spot in the meet for both the men and the women.
BYU had its strongest showing in the men's 50 free competition where three swimmers placed in the top ten. Mark Chay place third (20.77) with teammates James Bekker right behind in fourth (20.83) and Kenny Carpenter finishing sixth (20.94).
The men also placed second in the 200 free relay and third in the 400 medley relay with times of 1:22.76 and 3:23.07. Senior John Malfatt rounded out the Cougars final top ten performance of the day by placing eighth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.08.
The women's best event came in the 500 free with strong swims from Brittany Davis and U-nice Chan. Davis finished fourth in the event with a time of 4:57.49 while Chan finished tenth touching the wall at 4:59.80.
The women also placed seventh in both relay events with the 400 medley team finishing with a time of 3:57.00 and the 200 free relay team clocking in at 1:37.68.
Both teams will continue to swim today, competing in seven different events. For more information on the Speedo Cup and day to day results please copy and paste the following link in your browser: http://www.swim.uci.edu/2004speedocup.html