BYU Women On Top on Day One of Nike Cup

Kirsty Ferrell finished fourth in the 50 free on day one's competition of the Nike Cup. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LONG BEACH -- With an 88.5-point lead after the first day of competition at the Nike Cup, the BYU women’s swim team looks to dominate the pool in the two remaining days in Long Beach.

The men’s team find themselves in third place behind UNLV (382) and Air Force (336), posting 278 points on the first day.

"We had some really good races today," BYU head coach Tim Powers said. "It is great to see that our kids are recording a lot of personal and season bests. We are swimming really well."

For the women, the 200 free relay team of Sara Jayne Christiansen, Kirsty Ferrell, Leilani Roberts and Aleesha Miller placed first with a time of 1:33.62.

Natasha Menezes finished first in the 500 free, five seconds in front of second place with a time of 4:50.95, a season- and personal-best time.

Posting a new personal-best time, sophomore Rachel Grant finished first in the 200 IM (2:02.65).

Sophomore Aleesha Miller finished second in the 50 free, touching the wall only .18-seconds behind first place with a time of 23.30. Teammate Kirsty Ferrell wasn’t far behind in fourth place with a time of 23.69.

The 400 medley relay team of Candice Smith, Christiansen, Grant and Miller placed third with a time of 3:50.06.

After day one of competition, the Cougar women are far ahead of all competition with 351.5 points, San Jose State University in second with a point total of 263.

For the men, Gregor Greiner finished fifth in the 50 free (20.91), while his 400 Medley relay team of Jacoby Jacobsen, Vytenis Slenys, Dougie Broadbent and himself finished in a close second to UNLV with a time of 3:22.10.

The Cougars will jump in the water of day two’s competition Friday. Check www.byucougars.com/swimming_diving/ for results.

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