Richards Building Pool
Richards Building Provo UT 84604
PROVO, Utah – Payton Sorenson and Vanessa Moffatt led BYU as the men’s team marked a 149-131 victory over Colorado Mesa, with the women’s team dropping a close match against UC Davis 168-132 at the Richards Building Pool Saturday morning.
“We had a handful of swimmers from our women’s team that recorded lifetime best’s today,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “Vanessa did a really good job in the 500 and 1000 free events. On the men’s side, Payton Sorenson posted one of the top-15 times in the country with his 50 free. We had a lot of our men swimming in off-events, so they were able to learn some new things and that was very helpful for them.”
The BYU men swept the 200-yard medley relay, with a team of Rainer Ng, Stephen Richards, Jake Taylor and Payton Sorenson claiming first at 1:30.72, Preston Jenkins, Nate Henderson, Connor Stirling and Luis Ventura placing second with a 1:33.94 and Cameron Lindsay, Ryan Sorensen, Chad Sorensen and Kent Fellows earning third with a 1:36.18 finish.
In the women’s 1000 freestyle, Vanessa Moffatt and Emily Harris took first and second for the Cougars with finishes of 10:38.03 and 10:44.51 respectively. Dallin Johnson and McKay Palmer also placed first and second in the men’s event, with Johnson registering a 10:00.55 and Palmer clocking a 10:05.49.
Brenna Dickson took second in the women’s 200 free with a 1:55.36 finish, while Lauren Shaw Taylor took third with a 1:55.38. Ventura won the men’s event for BYU with a 1:43.05 finish, followed closely by Fellows who placed second in 1:46.05.
Ashlee Spindler finished the women’s 100 backstroke in 58.20, good enough for second-place. Samantha Lingenbrink took third in the event with a 59.04 finish. Ng won the men’s event with a 49.81 finish, followed closely in second by Jenkins at 50.95.
In the women’s 100 breaststroke, Riley Merrill took second-place for the Cougars in 1:07.24. Taylor won the men’s side of the event with a time of 57.08, while Henderson took third with a 58.51 finish.
The Cougars placed two swimmers in the women’s 200 butterfly, with Lillian Moore taking second in 2:07.57 and Moffatt finishing third with a 2:08.41. In the men’s side of the event, Nathan Rogers finished in 1:55.39 for first-place, with Ventura taking second in 1:55.49.
The Cougars swept the men’s 50 free with Sorenson sprinting to a 20.34 for first, Fellows finishing in 21.59 for second and Seth Russell earning third with a time of 21.62.
In the women’s 100 free, Ellie Thornbrue took second place with a 52.31 finish, while Brenna Dickson placed third in 52.57. The Cougars completed another sweep on the men’s side, with Taylor posting a 45.24 for first, Russell finishing second in 47.12 and David Harlan earning third with a 48.76.
Ng won the men’s 200 back event for the Cougars, posting a 1:52.23 finish, with Richards earning third-place in 1:59.58.
BYU swept the women’s 500 free, with Moffatt posting a 5:08.46 for first, Kelly Hatanaka earning second with a 5:08.77 finish and Zerlynn Tiang placing third in 5:15.72. Shawn Western finished the men’s event in 4:48.60, good enough for first. Dallin Johnson placed third with a 4:52.34.
BYU swept the men’s 100 fly, with Jenkins taking first in 51.83, Ryan Sorensen earning second with a 52.78 and Stirling placing third with a time of 52.92.
In the women’s 400 free relay, a team comprised of Thornbrue, Katie Smith, Alora Foliaki and Dickson won the race with a 3:30.94 finish. On the men’s side, Jenkins, Sorenson, Stirling and Taylor took first-place with a 3:04.57.
“I think our team calmed down and just took things one dive at a time,” BYU head diving coach Tyce Routson said. “The divers are focusing on the long-term goal and scores and they put together some great dives. Matt qualified on 1-meter and 3-meter for NCAA zones. Kevin also had another standout performance, so it was a very good meet.”
Ali Tippetts-Kottcamp won the women’s 3-meter dive with a score of 270.90. BYU completed another sweep on the men’s side with Dreesen posting a 407.15 for first, Denkers scoring a 320.75 to place second and Tuckfield earning a 314.45 for third.
The women’s team will take on Oregon State next Saturday, Nov. 7 in Corvallis, Oregon, at the Stevens Natatorium. The divers will follow that meet on Nov. 20-21 as they travel to the Arizona Diving Invite in Tucson, Arizona.
PROVO, Utah – BYU swim and dive will host UNLV Friday night, followed by a double-dual meet Saturday against UC Davis and Colorado Mesa at the Richards Building Pool. Friday’s meet will include both men’s and women’s teams, while Saturday’s double-dual meet will feature the men’s team against Colorado Mesa and the women’s team battling UC Davis.
“UNLV has always been a great opponent throughout the years,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “We have traded wins back and forth over the last 30 years, and this will be a chance to race a great team. UC Davis will also be a great meet. We faced them last year, and we are expecting our women's team to show up and improve on last year's times. Colorado Mesa will also give our men’s team a great chance to swim some different events and go out to battle and compete.”
The men's swimmers will be lead by last week’s CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer-of-the-Week Jake Taylor, who won all four of his events in a team win at the Pacific Invite. The women’s team will look to bounce back this weekend after a close loss against Boise State on Saturday. Kevin Dreesen, who placed first in the one and three-meter dives at the Colorado Mesa Invite last month, and Ali Tippetts-Kottcamp, who won the one-meter against Boise State, will lead the divers.
Friday night’s meet against UNLV will begin at 5 p.m. MST, while Saturday’s meet with UC Davis and Colorado Mesa will start at 11 a.m. MST. Admission is free and Cougar fans are invited to come support the team at the Richards Building Pool. Results will be posted immediately following the meets on the men’s and women’s schedule pages.