Competing in his first MWC Championship event ever, freshman Brandon Watson won the 1-meter dive to help BYU lead the pack after day one. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
OKLAHOMA -- After the first day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships, the BYU men's and women's teams found themselves at the top of the scores. The Cougar men finished the day ahead of second-place Wyoming by seven points with a total of 103 while the women tallied 120 points to lead Wyoming by 13.
"There is still a long way to go, but I feel good about today's competition," said BYU men's head coach Tim Powers. "I was impressed with the guys in the relays today. They all competed well."
The first-place 200 medley squad (1:28.60) consisted of Mark Chay, Chris Patience, Jorge Azevedo and Brett Allen. The 800 free relay team of Zach Anderson, Travis Price, Chad Fong and Neal Hamilton finished third and earned the Cougars valuable team points that kept them atop of today's standings.
"The divers performed really well today," said dive coach Keith Russell. "Brandon (Watson) was able to win the 1-meter, and we had 3 girls place in the 3-meter."
In his first MWCC event ever freshman Brandon Watson scored a 344.80 in the 1-meter dive, marking the seventh time in eight years a diver on the BYU men's team has won that event.
On the women's side of diving the Cougars were led by Angela Nelson's (304.90) and Tawni Jones' (304.15) second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Freshman Ava Jackman was the third Cougar to place as she scored a 268.85 to grab seventh place.
"The relays were solid all the way around and turned in some nice times for us," said women's head coach Stan Crump. "I was pleased with what we did today."
The Cougar women took first in the 800 free relay (7:20.49) with swims from Natasha Menezes, Leilani Roberts, Angela Goodson and Brittany Burk. The BYU women also took second in the 200 medley relay (1:45.41) getting swims from Burk, Jamie Bloom, Goodson and Roberts.
The MWC Swim and Dive Championships will continue Thursday starting at 10 a.m. CT.