The Cougars returned with a strong showing from the U.S. Olympic Trials. Courtesy of Mark Philbrick
Six swimmers and one diver returned from the U.S. Olympic Trials. Although none made the team, they returned after making a strong showing.
Brandon Watson competed in the Diving Trials held in Federal Way, Wash. Watson, a graduated senior and All-American, competed in the finals of the 3-meter springboard and finished with a six dive score of 1116.25 points. He finished ranked 11th overall in the country.
"We are proud for Brandon making it to the Olympic Trials," Coach Russell said. "He did a great job of competing against some of the best divers in the world."
Brady Wells, a team captain and senior-to-be, competed in the 100-meter breaststroke. He finished the race with a time of 1:06.47 and kept the same spot as when he entered the event.
Kimberly Welch Doroghian, a junior-to-be, competed in the 100-meter butterfly. She finished the heat in a time of 1:02.69. Hailey Campbell, a junior-to-be and a transfer from Penn State swam in the 100-meter backstroke. She finished with a time of 1:06.42.
Preston Jenkins, an incoming freshman from Georgia competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. He was ranked in the top 30 for the 100 back and finished with a time of 56.78. In the 200 back, he was ranked in the top 16 and finished in a time of 2:03.67.
Brent Murray, a sophomore transfer from Utah competed in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. He completed the 50 free with a time of 23.24. He finished the 100 free in a time of 50.79. With his time, Murray moved up 40 spots in the overall rankings from where he entered the Trials.
Candice Smith, a graduated senior, competed in her second U.S. Olympic Trials and swam the 200-meter backstroke. She finished in a time of 2:19.33 and swam under both her club team.
“It was so great to see these great athletes compete against the best in the country,” head coach John Brooks said. “They competed well and it was great to get some exposure for both the team and for BYU. We are proud of our former athletes and are excited for what the returning members will do for our program next year.”