Angela Goodson set MWC records in the 100 fly and 400 medley relay helping BYU stay at the top of the MWCC standings. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
OKLAHOMA -- After the third day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships the BYU women's team set records and remained at the top of the standings while the men fell to second. The Cougar women increased their lead to 103 points over second-place Utah, and the men are just 11 points behind UNLV.
"Today's times started a little shaky, but we placed well so I wasn't too worried about the overall placing," said BYU women's head swim coach Stan Crump. "Being able to increase our lead was really big for us."
The BYU women started out the day with Whitney Hall (4:29.78) and Tara Patience (4:30.24) taking sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 400 IM. All-American Angela Goodson followed them by winning the 100 fly at 54.29, her second time in two years.
The next event featured Leilani Roberts (1:49.45) and Natasha Menezes (1:51.29) taking second and fourth, respectively, in the 200 free and earning BYU valuable team points. Jamie Bloom then took second in the 100 breast (1:03.28), and Brittany Davis-Burk then won the 100 back (55.67, her second MWC 100 back title.
BYU then got another MWCC record in the 400 medley relay (3:42.76) with swims from Davis-Burk, Bloom, Roberts and Goodson. The divers then finished out the day for the Cougars with Angela Nelson (227.95), Emily Woods (220.65) and Tawni Jones (209.35) taking second, third and fourth place, respectively.
"The divers came up real big for us," said Coach Crump. "They went beyond our expectations and really contributed to this team."
The BYU men started out the day in the 400 IM with Neal Hamilton (3:56.86) and Kenny Clark (4:04.52) taking third and eighth, respectively. Making the most of his last MWCC Jorge Azevedo then took first in the 100 fly (47.71) and three races later took first again in the 100 back (49.33). Jacoby Jacobson finished right behind Azevedo in the 100 back to grab sixth place (50.32).
In between Azevedo's two first-place finishes Zach Anderson and Chad Fong took sixth (1:39.55) and eighth (1:40.62), respectively, in the 200 free. Jacobson, Chris Patience, Azevedo and Brett Allen then teamed up in the 400 medley relay to take second (3:17.06).
The BYU women's team will head into the last day of competition with a comfortable lead while the men's team will be hungry to make up the 11-point deficit it has to UNLV. Saturday's action will begin at 10 a.m. CT with the men's and women's 200 back.