Cougars Clock-in Strong at the Blue/White Alumni Meet
PROVO -- The BYU swimming and diving teams took to the pool again after yesterday's win against Utah and Villanova for the annual Blue/White meet with alumni to wrap up homecoming week on campus.
The current team split to create the Blue and White teams and former Cougars jumped in extra lanes and swam exhibition to see how they matched up with the team.
Women's swimming coach Stan Crump said the team showed much stronger times at the Blue/White meet than yesterday's relays.
"We got out the first-meet jitters last night," Crump said. "The girls did much better tonight."
Senior Brittany Davis swam strong for the Cougars taking the 500 free at 5:08.31.
On the men's side, junior Brett Allen led the pack earning a 19:58 in the final leg of the 200 medley relay, and taking first in the 50 free and 100 free. Junior Jorge Azevedo also made good time, taking first in the 100 back with a 50.41.
"I am pleased with the guys' times tonight," said men's swimming coach Tim Powers. "We swam well, even after competing last night."
Diving coach Keith Russell said the divers performed at their optimum, but they'll just keep getting better.
"It's early in the season still and we'll take the time we have to prepare," Russell said.
Team White had an early lead in the meet, but team Blue caught up and beat them out in the end. The teams consisted of:
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Cougars Getting Their Feet Wet
PROVO -- The Cougars will kick off their 2005-2006 swimming and diving campaign this week with the annual Don Reddish (Beehive) Relays in Salt Lake City versus in-state rival Utah and Villanova Thursday at 6 p.m. Thursday's relay event will precede the traditional homecoming Blue/White alumni meet Friday in the Richards Building Pool at 6 p.m.
Last year's Beehive relay proved productive for the Cougars. The men finished first and the women tied with Utah, including a clean sweep on the boards. The two in-state rivals both fared well last season as the BYU men split the Mountain West Conference regular-season title with Utah and the Cougar women followed the Utes with a second-place finish. The BYU men and women then went on to finish second behind UNLV at the MWC Championship meet.
Thursday's relay will not be scored on the season, but women's swimming coach Stan Crump said he sees it more as an opportunity to break-in the freshman and have some fun.
"It's nice to drive up the road and get some racing in," Crump said. "It will also be a chance to watch the girls compete and see how they're doing."
The women will be returning senior Brittany Davis, last season's conference champion in the 500 free and 200 back. Sophomore Angela Goodson, a contender in backstroke, will add an additional threat to the Cougar's roster.
The men's team is expected to be led by returning juniors Jorge Azevedo, a finalist in the 100 free last season, and Brett Allen, a top sprinter for BYU.
Men's swimming coach Tim Powers said the meet will give his team a sense of where they are - and where they want to be.
"We're training really hard right now," Powers said. "And we'll just keep getting better."
BYU diving coach Keith Russell anticipates the divers will also perform well, returning three conference champions in sophomores Ron Morris, Angela Nelson and Kristin Pitt. Cougars will also look to freshman Austin Barrand, a two-time High School All-American from Highland Ranch, Colo., to tally additional points.
"As the season goes on we'll build more momentum and perform at a higher level," coach Russell said. "But I am expecting a good contest Thursday."
In addition to the scheduled relay competition, divers will perform a synchronized diving exhibition.