(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
In the 25th season under the helm of women's head coach Stan Crump, the Cougars ended up with a record of 8-2 overall in dual meets (6-2 in conference), while finishing second at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Pre-season polls had them finishing third. Crump increases his coaching record to 202-62-1 while his team sets four new BYU records and two MWC records. His 200th win came at home against CSU on January 20.
The team finished 45th at the NCAA National Championships thanks to Angela Goodson's three points from finishing 14th in the 100 fly. The BYU women hadn't received any votes during the season for the dual meet national rankings.
BYU records that were broken this year consisted of Goodson in the 100 fly with her time of 54.07 set in the prelims of the NCAA National Championships; the 800-yard Free Relay including Leilani Roberts, Whitney Hall, Goodson and Brittany Davis with a time of 7:19.69 at the MWC Championships; the 400-yard Medley Relay team of Davis, Jamie Bloom, Goodson and Roberts with a time of 3:43.49 (also a new MWC record); and the 400-yard Free Relay of Roberts, Sarah Woodbury, Goodson and Davis with a time of 3:24.16.
Even though the women finished first in a majority of the events at the MWC Championships, they didn't have enough depth to come out with another MWC title. The Utah women won their first MWC Championship with 679.50 points while BYU came in second with 608.50 points, with defending champion UNLV placing third.
Leilani Roberts became the first freshman in MWC history to win the 100-yard freestyle individual title, doing so in a NCAA provisional time of 50.42.
Junior Brittany Davis won her third consecutive 500-yard freestyle crown in a NCAA provisional time of 4:51.34, and also won the 100 Back and the 200 Back to become the highest individual scorer at the meet from any team.
Sophomore Angela Goodson was the women's swim team golden girl this season finishing first in the 100-yard Butterfly at the Mountain West Conference Championships, while breaking the BYU all-time record of 54.69 set by Sarah McKeever in 1997 with a preliminary time of 54.13. The time was also a new Mountain West Conference and MWC Championship Meet record. Her time was fast enough to be invited to the NCAA Championships where she finished 14th overall in the 100 Fly, surpassing her own BYU record in the prelims with a time of 54.07 and earning second-team All-America honors. She also won the 200 IM and finaled in the 200 Backstroke at the Mountain West Championships.
Sophomore Jamie Bloom who placed first in the 200 breast at the MWC Championships with a time of 2:15.33, was also invited to attend the NCAA National Championships and finished 34th overall with a time of 2:17.77. She also finished 34th in the 100 Breaststroke.
First-team All-MWC awards were given to Jamie Bloom (100 and 200 breast), U-Nice Chan (200 fly), Kimberly Chang (platform diving), Brittany Davis (500 free, 100 back, 200 back), Angela Goodson (200 IM, 100 fly) and Leilani Roberts (100 and 200 free). Relays that were awarded included the 200- and 400- medley relay teams of Davis, Bloom, Goodson and Roberts, 800-free relay team of Roberts, Whitney Hall, Goodson and Davis.
Second-team All-MWC selections included Tara Bradshaw (200 IM, 400 IM), U-Nice Chan (500 free), Goodson (200 back), Whitney Hall (500 free, 400 IM), Elise Livengood (200 fly), Celleigh McHenry (1650 free) and Angela Nelson (1-meter diving, 3-meter diving, platform diving). The 400-free relay team of Roberts, Sarah Woodbury, Goodson and Davis also won second-team honors.
Freshman Leilani Roberts was awarded the Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week early in the season on November 21, 2005.
The Cougars will be sad to lose four seniors: Natasha Jones, Becky Larson, Julie Nelson and Nikki Walsh who have all made great contributions while swimming for BYU.
The Cougars look forward to next year for a whole new season of breaking records for BYU with several new recruits who will immediately help in dual meet line-ups and at the MWC Championships.