Men's team takes third, women take fourth at MPSF Championships
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – BYU men’s swim and dive team took third overall with a final score of 641 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships and the women’s team finished in fourth at 475.50 Saturday at the ELAC Swimming Stadium.
“This will go down as the most challenging season in BYU swim and dive history,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “Preston Jenkins was able to win the 100-yard freestyle and Haley Bertoldo took second in the 200-yard backstroke. I am so proud of this team for weathering the storm this season.”
Jenkins, a senior captain, became the 100-yard freestyle champion with a new personal best time of 43.62. He came into the MPSF Championships as the overall No. 12 seed but posted the No. 1 preliminary time while also improving his own No. 5 BYU All-Time record time to 43.41.
Bertoldo took second in the women’s 200-yard backstroke with a new personal best of 1:56.72 and improved her No. 3 BYU All-Time record. Kelly Hatanaka took seventh in the 200-yard backstroke finals with a season best of 2:01.46.
In the men’s 200-yard breaststroke finals, freshman Brad Prolo took second with a new personal best time of 1:58.19. He recorded the BYU No. 4 All-Time record. Levi Jensen recorded a time of 1:59.99 for a new personal best and fifth place.
In the final day of diving, Nathan Gonzales earned his third and final zone cut in the platform with a personal best, and a No. 4 BYU All-Time record of 324.70.
In the men’s platform, Gonzales took third, followed by Matt Denkers in fourth with a score of 291.90. Bryce Farabee took fifth with a personal best score of 283.05, followed by Kimble Mahler in sixth and Ryan Evans in seventh. In the women’s platform, Morgan Mellow took fourth and earned her first zone cut of the season with a personal best of 234.45 and BYU’s No. 3 All-Time record.
On the first night of the Championships, Jenkins recorded a 200-yard freestyle split of 1:35.21 in the men’s 800-yard freestyle relay for a new personal best and improved his No. 2 BYU All-Time record. On Friday night, he would go on to break the school record. On Thursday, Jenkins improved his men’s 200-yard IM No. 3 BYU All-Time record by more than a second with a time of 1:46.25.
The Friday meets proved to be BYU’s most rewarding day with two school records broken and a first-place finish. Jenkins earned his first BYU school record in the finals of the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:35.00. In prelims, Jensen broke his own school record in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke. In finals, he increased his time to 53.88. Prolo also posted his first BYU All-Time record in finals behind Jensen at No. 2 with a time of 54.30.
Overall, nearly every diver earned a new personal best or season high at the MPSF Championships. Over the three-day competition, Gonzales took first place in the 1-meter and 3-meter with scores of 346.15 and 384.00. His 3-meter score was a personal best and BYU’s No. 4 All-Time Record. Matt Denkers came in second in the 1-meter with a season best of 333.50 and Mahler earned his first BYU zone cut in the 1-meter at 303.15. Morgan Paul earned her first BYU zone cut and personal best on the 3-meter with a score of 293.25.
Nearly all of the men’s diving team as well as Mellow, Paul and Elizabeth Holmes will continue on to compete at the Zone E Diving Championships in Flagstaff, Arizona on March 5-7 at the Douglas J. Wall Aquatics Center. Decisions about which BYU swimmers will compete at the NCAA Championships will be determined in the following weeks.
Swim and Dive teams travel to LA for MPSF Championships
PROVO, Utah – The BYU swim and dive teams enter into postseason by competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 17 in Monterey Park and Pasadena, California.
"We are excited for conference. The team is in a position they have never been before because they have been through so much this year and a lot of them feel like they could face anything," BYU head coach John Brooks said. "Mentally, they are in a good place to have a good meet regardless of what happens. I am really excited to have mentally tough swimmers and divers prepared for conference. I think our men have a really good shot at trying to win and I think the women's team is better than last year and can improve in their position from last year."
Last year at the MPSF Championships, the men’s team took second and the women’s team took fourth. The BYU men’s team has taken first in four of the seven MPSF Championship meets.
The men will compete against Cal Poly, UC Santa Barbara, University of Hawai’i and University of the Pacific. In addition, the women also will compete against UC Davis and University of San Diego.
Swimming will take place at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterrey Park, California, while the divers will compete at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena California. Swimming begins Wednesday night, Feb 14 at 6 p.m. PST and will continue Thursday through Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. PST and finals at 6 p.m. PST. The divers will compete Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m. PST in the 3-meter and 1-meter, respectively, with the platform on Saturday at 12 p.m. PST
Freshman Brad Prolo is currently seeded at No. 1 in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:59.92. Senior captain Preston Jenkins is No. 2 in the men’s 200-yard freestyle at 1:35.59 and fourth in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard IM.
The men’s diving team currently hold the top-five scores in the 1-meter and top-three in the 3-meter. Elizabeth Holmes is also seeded at No. 2 on both the 1-meter and 3-meter.
Live results will be available on the schedule page as well as on the Meet Mobile App.