Men and Women Jump Out to Early Lead at MWC Championships

OKLAHOMA -- Both the BYU men's and women's teams are in first place after the first day of the MWC championship meet with the men amassing 110 points and the women compiling 108.

The men hold a narrow one-point margin over the University of Utah, while the women lead Colorado State by nine points.

The men started the meet off by qualifying both Justin Beardall and Scott Randall for the finals of the 1-meter board competition, with Beardall placing first and Randall third.

The Cougars followed up their victory in the 1-meter board with a win in the 800 free relay. The victory was the fourth time in five years BYU has won that event. The relay team consisted of Diogo Yabe, Randy Belliston, Zach Anderson and mark Chay. BYU also placed second in the other event of the day, the 200 medley relay.

On the women's side, BYU had two divers, Aubrey Low and Melinda Jones, advance to the finals of the 1-meter diving competition with Low placing fifth and Jones placing eighth.

"We had a pretty solid day," women's coach Stan Crump said. "I don't remember the last time we led after the first day."

They placed second in both the 200 medley and 800 free relay. In the 200 medley, the Cougars were barely edged to the wall by Colorado State's team, losing by .06 seconds.

"I thought we won the first relay (200 medley)," Crump said. "But Colorado State beat us to the wall. I thought we were solid, but not spectacular, in the 800 free. Colorado State's team swam well."

Crump said he was pleased with the position his team was in and thought if they could stay within 15 or 20 points tomorrow, his team would have an excellent shot at winning the competition.

Tomorrow the two teams will compete in the five events: the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay and 3-meter springboard.

Team Scores

Men

1. BYU 110

2. Utah 109

3. Wyoming 99

4. Air Force 85

5. UNLV

Women

1. BYU 108

2. CSU 99

3. New Mexico 96

4. Wyoming 89

5. UNLV 77

6. Utah 62

7. Air Force 50

8. SDSU 46