BYU Women's Swm Team Earns MWC Awards

Brittany Davis-Burk swept the backstroke events winning the 100 and 200 and was part of three first-place relay teams at the MWCC. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women's swim dominated this year's Mountain West Conference Championships scoring 747 total points, to runaway with the title. Second-place Utah was 129 points behind the Cougars and saw its hope of catching BYU disappear early.

Throughout the MWCC the Cougars set three MWC records, won six individual MWC titles and three MWC relay titles and had 15 athletes earn All-MWC awards. BYU women's head swim coach Stan Crump was honored as the 2006-07 MWC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year and Keith Russell was named the 2006-07 MWC Diving Coach of the Year Award.

"We did really well all week long," said Coach Crump. "This year's win was nice because we haven't done it in a couple of years."

The Cougars were led by Angela 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. Goodson's times in the 200 fly and the 400 medley relay were MWC records. She received seven All-MWC awards.

For the second consecutive year senior Brittany 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 Natasha 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 Leilani Roberts with seven (200 IM, 200 free, 100 free, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay), Jamie Bloom and Kirsty 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 Tawni 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.

BYU will train for the NCAA Championships that will be held March 8-10. Goodson, Davis-Burk and Nelson each have a shot at being selected to the meet and possibly two relay squads may join them.