Utah tops BYU in annual relay meet
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah topped the BYU swim and dive team winning 13 out of 15 relay races on Friday night.
“It is always a fun meet, but we have a lot of work to do,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “It was the first time that we had to transition from 25-meters to 25-yards, but the team responded to the transition very well.”
After the Utes won the first relay of the day, the Cougars fought back and won the second event in the men’s 150-yard fly relay with a time of 1:09.00.
In the only event of the meet that counted towards the regular season standing, BYU took a close second to the Utes. Senior Payton Sorenson led off the Cougars in the men’s 400-yard freestyle relay with the fastest split time of the meet at 45.50. Senior Preston Jenkins anchored the team, swimming the fastest of any in the fourth leg with a time of 45.57. The Cougars completed the event with a time of 3:04.77.
The BYU dive team not only competed in its regular diving events but also as swimmers. The BYU co-ed dive team took first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:53.97. The Cougar dive team will travel up to the Ute Natatorium again in December for the Utah Diving Invitational.
The Cougars have a week break before traveling to Grand Junction, Colorado, for the Mesa State Invite at the Colorado Mesa University. The invite starts Friday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. MDT and continues on Saturday Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. MDT.
BYU to face Utes in Relay meet
PROVO, Utah – After completing its Blue and White meet this past weekend, the BYU swim and dive teams will travel to Salt Lake City on Friday for a relay meet against the University of Utah at 5 p.m. in the Ute Natatorium.
“This relay meet is one of the more exciting meets to come to and watch for spectators,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “Relays are always fun and a lot of athletes get to participate. There is no score, so there is no pressure on either team. It is a way to showcase each team’s talents and abilities.”
The meet will include freestyle relays, as well as co-ed relays and many others. Even the divers will compete and swim in a relay. While the 4x100 meter freestyle relay will be the only event that counts towards national rankings, the meet will be the first time in the 2017-2018 season that the Cougars will compete against another school.
BYU will face Utah twice more this season at the Ute Natatorium. On Dec. 1 the dive team will compete at the Utah Diving Invitiational and then on Jan. 27, 2018, both the swim and dive teams will compete against the Utes.