Senior Jorge Azevedo broke his own BYU record in the 100 fly at the NCAA Championships. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
MINNEAPOLIS -- The BYU men's swim and dive team finished the second day of competition with 19 points and in 24th place overall at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Brandon Watson earned first-team All-America honors and senior Jorge Azevedo set a BYU record.
"Brandon has been consistent all year," said BYU men's head dive coach Keith Russell, the 2006-07 Mountain West Conference Dive Coach of the Year. "I knew that if he came in and dove like he did all year he would do well."
Watson added to his MWC Diver of the Year season at the NCAA Championships Friday as he was awarded first-team All-America honors with his fifth-place overall finish (385.85) in the 3-meter dive. Watson placed seventh (364.75 ) in the preliminary round to qualify him for the finals where only the top eight divers in the nation compete.
Azevedo competed in the 100 fly (47.62) for the Cougars and broke the BYU record he set a year ago by .08 seconds. Azevedo's time ranked him 23rd in the nation at day's end.
BYU will swim in one more event, the 400 free relay, on Saturday. Brett Allen, Chris Patience and Travis Price will join Azevedo, who make up the relay squad that is seeded 20th.