Cougars on top after day one of duel against TCU
PROVO, Utah — BYU swim and dive had an impressive day one performance against TCU and looks to continue its momentum on Friday.
The Cougars competed in 18 events on the day, with 16 of them being swim events of various strokes and relays.
Swimmers Brynn Sproul, Mackenzie Miller, Charlotte Fie'eiki and Halli Williams began Thursday's events, winning the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:51.83. The men followed up the strong start with a team of Diego Camacho, Josue Dominguez, Javier Nicolas and Brigham Harrison all contributing to a new pool record of 3:14.98. Going into the first break of the day, the men held a 15-0 lead and the women led 13-4.
BYU never looked back from here, winning seven of the next ten events and leading with scores of 88-22 for the men and 60-52 for the women. Tama Tuitama swam a personal record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:59.64, bringing home the win.
Freshman Mackenzie Miller turned in a strong performance in the women's 100-yard breaststroke event, placing second with a time of 1:05.36. Katie McBratney-Graves won the event with a time of 1:04.30 for the Cougars.
The Cougars would close out the day winning three of the final four events. Dominguez followed the impressive women's 100-yard breaststroke times with a solid time of 55.53. Sproul and Camacho also went on to sweep the 100-yard backstroke events with times of 56.30 and 49.11. The teams would finish with a 200-yard freestyle relay, as the women placed second with a time of 1:36.23, and the men winning the event with a time of 1:21.73.
The divers also contributed to the teams dominance, with Freshman Alexia Jackson, Tessa Watkins and Hailey Johnson sweeping the top three spots in the 3 meter dive with scores of 315.05, 279.05 and 278.30. On the men's side, Mickey Strauss placed first in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 354.45 to cap off the Cougars' successful day.
"We had so many of our athletes step up tonight," said BYU coach Shari Skabelund. "We are pleased with the entire team's performance and look forward to competing again tomorrow."
Heading into tomorrow's events, the men hold a commanding lead over the Horned Frogs with a score of 125-40, while the women hold a 96-71 lead. The events will take place again at the Richards Building Pool, beginning at 10 a.m. MDT.
BYU excited to compete against future Big 12 opponent TCU
PROVO, Utah — BYU swim and dive will host the TCU Horned Frogs at the Richards Building Pool on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 13 and 14.
Following a successful performance at the Intermountain Shootout, the Cougars are looking forward to the challenge of competing against one of their future Big 12 foes.
"This is the first Big 12 team to come to Provo since the announcement and we appreciate Coach James Winchester for making it happen," Coach Shari Skabelund said. "Our goal is to keep the momentum going on Thursday and Friday. We love to compete and find ways to get better."
TCU and BYU last faced off in 2011, one year after the Cougars and Horned Frogs left the Mountain West Conference. The teams and coaches are looking forward to renewing this rivalry in this and the coming years.
Coach Tyce Routson added, "There is a lot of excitement and energy about this rivalry for years to come! Our team is ready to perform at the next level."
Thursday's meet will be held at 4 p.m. MDT and Friday's meet will be held at 10 a.m. MDT. Both meets will be non-ticketed events with free admission to the public.