Richards Building Pool
Richards Building Provo UT 84604
White swept the Blue team in the annual opening meet Saturday for BYU swim and dive to start the 2016-17 season.
“It’s fun to see our alumni come back and this caps a week of events,” BYU coach John Brooks said of the Blue/White and Alumni meet. “It was a challenge and was good to see our team be competitive, cheering each other along. We had some of the athletes we really need to have step up in events where we are shallow.”
In the combined scoring, the White team defeated the Blue team, 243-202. The White men’s team won 138-98, while the White women’s team won 113-106. However, the Blue team won the overall week-long challenge matches by 31 points.
Multiple winners in Saturday's meet were junior Preston Jenkins, freshman Darrin Lam, freshman Casey Cunningham, sophomore Kelly Hatanaka and freshman Tiare Coker.
Jenkins won the 100 backstroke, 200 free and 200 individual medley for the men along with Lam in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Cunningham won the 200 and 500 free for the women along with teammates Hatanaka in the 200 back and 200 IM, and Coker in the 100 free and 100 butterfly.
Sandi Menhennett Smith of St. George was a the oldest alumni participating in the meet, having been a member of the 1983-86 BYU swimming teams.
The Cougars are next in action this Thursday evening when they host the Utah/BYU Relays.
Starting off the season at home, the BYU swim and dive team will compete in a combined Blue/White scrimmage and Alumni meet on Saturday at 9 a.m.
"The Blue/White meet is climax to a week filled with friendly competition as members of the team have participated in events against one another," BYU coach John Brooks said. "Inviting the alumni to our Saturday meet will be enjoyable. It's always fun to see all those who have swam in the past and bringing them back to the on-going BYU swim and dive team."
Although this initial meet will not count towards regular season standings, it is an opportunity for the team to get its feet wet and participate in a fun competition. With a total of six meets held in Provo this season, BYU looks forward to hosting several different colleges, including the University of Utah next week in a relay match and Arizona State in mid-October.
The scrimmage and Alumni meet offers free admission and will be open to the public at the Richards Building Pool.