(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Under the direction of Stan Crump, the 2006-07 Mountain West Conference Women's Swim Coach of the Year, the BYU women's swim team finished 10-1 overall and dominated the MWC Championships where the team scored a total of 747 points to claim its sixth title in eight years. The team set two MWC and BYU relay records and two MWC and BYU individual records.
All-American Angela Goodson and freshman diver Tawni Jones represented the Cougars at the NCAA Championships where they finished 40th overall thanks to Goodson's record-setting performance in the 100 fly.
For the second straight year Goodson set BYU and MWC records in the 100 fly at the NCAA Championships where she placed 15th overall and earned second-team All-America honors. Her record-setting time of 53.26 came in the preliminary round. On the final day of competition Goodson set another BYU and MWC record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.29.
Other records that the Cougar women set were in the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay at the MWCC. Leilani Roberts, Kirsty Ferrell, Natasha Menezes and Brittany Davis-Burk set a BYU and MWC record in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:22.47, and Goodson, Roberts, Davis-Burk and Jamie Bloom broke their own record they set in 2006 with a time of 3:42.76 in the 400 medley.
At the 2007 MWCC the Cougars dominated one the most lopsided Championship victories in MWC history. BYU had three relay titles and six individual titles. The Cougars placed at least two swimmers in the top four in six different events and had 15 different athletes receive All-MWC accolades.
The Cougars were led by Goodson, who won individual MWC titles in the 100 fly (54.29), 200 fly (2:01.22) and 200 IM (2:03.16) and was part of the first-place 800 free relay (7:20.49) and 400 medley relay (3:42.76) squads. She received seven All-MWC awards.
For the second consecutive year senior Davis-Burk swept the backstroke events, winning her fourth straight MWC title in the 200 back (1:59.99) and her second in the 100 back (55.67). She helped the 800 free relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams to first-place finishes, bringing her All-MWC award total to seven. At the conclusion of the MWCC Davis-Burk was awarded the 2006-07 MWC Women's Senior Award.
Freshman Menezes was the third Cougar to take home an MWC individual title winning the 500 free (4:53.28). She swam on the 800 free relay and 400 free relay teams that placed first. By week's end Menezes totaled five All-MWC awards.
Other Cougars that received All-MWC awards were Roberts with seven (200 IM, 200 free, 100 free, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay), Bloom and Ferrell with four (Bloom in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay and Ferrell in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay), Angela Nelson and Jones with three (both in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform dives), Whitney Hall (500 free and 400 IM), Celleigh McHenry (1650 free and 200 back), Tara Patience (200 IM and 400 IM) and Sarah Woodbury (50 free and 200 free relay) with two and Ava Jackman (3-meter dive) and Emily Woods (platform dive) with one.
At the end of the MWCC Coach Crump and dive coach Keith Russell were selected as the 2006-07 MWC Women's Swim Coach of the Year and 2006-07 MWC Dive Coach of the Year, respectively. Crump improved his overall record to 212-63-1 while winning his eighth individual coaching accolade. Coach Russell took home his 14th award.
During MWC regular-season competition the Cougars' hopes of an undefeated season fell short in the last meet of the year where they lost a close one to in-state rival Utah. Roberts and Menezes both earned MWC Athlete of the Week awards on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22, respectively.
The Cougar women had another major accomplishment back in November when they won the 2006 Speedo Cup for the second time in school history. BYU had two first-place finishes from Menezes in the 500 (4:55.30) and 1650 free (17:10.44) and another from Davis-Burk in the 200 back (2:01.86). The Cougars won three relay events with swims from Menezes, Goodson, Roberts and Hall in the 800 free relay (3:29.24); Menezes, Davis-Burk, Roberts and Ferrell in the 400 free relay (3:29.24) and Davis-Burk, Bloom, Goodson and Roberts in the 400 medley relay (3:48.85).
Though the Cougars return just about their whole team next year they will graduate three seniors that were key in the depth of their championship team, including Davis-Burk, Woodbury and Shannon Bloom. The three seniors amassed a total of 38 All-MWC awards, 16 MWC titles and hold six different BYU records.