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Sorenson and Gustafson Stand Out in Loss to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY – Senior Payton Sorenson and freshman Gwen Gustafson stood out during the Deseret First Duel Saturday afternoon at the Ute Natatorium despite falling to Utah.
“We fought hard and swam better than we previously have at this meet and at this time of the year,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “Despite coming up short, I wouldn’t want to coach a better group of men and women.”
Sorenson and Gustafson dominated in the freestyle events. Sorenson took the win for the men in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle with times of 20.57 and 45.36, respectively. Gustafson led the women, posting times of 23.54 in the 50-yard freestyle and 51.44 in the 100-yard freestyle.
The relays kicked off the meet as the men took the win in the 200-yard medley relay with a team of Kunmi Ogunfeibo, Josue Dominguez, Javier Matta and Sorenson. Teammates Brynn Sproul, Mariah Lindsay, Ellie Thornbrue Brinton and Gustafson also placed high in the 200-yard medley relay, taking second for the women.
Cougars Matta and Tiare Coker both earned second in their individual 200-yard freestyle events with times of 1:42.83 and 1:53.40, respectively. Coker continued to shine as she touched second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.58. Tama Tuitama also posted a second-place time of 1:51.48 in the men’s 200-yard backstroke.
Lindsay continued to impress as she came in second in the 200-yard breastroke, earning a time of 2:22.73. She put the crowd on its feet at the end of the meet as she out-touched Ute Sarah Lott, helping BYU take first in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay at 3:26.81.
The dive team started the duel meet on Friday night competing in the men’s 1-meter and the women’s 3-meter.
On Friday, Nathan Gonzales secured the win for BYU in the 1-meter event with a score of 336.90. Morgan Mellow took the lead for the women in the 3-meter event, placing third and recording a season high of 297.38.
For the divers on Saturday, Gonzales came in second at 340.13 in the 3-meter, while Kennedy Cribbs took the lead for BYU in the women’s 1-meter, posting a score of 270.08.
The dive team will next compete in the Air Force Invitational for its final competition of the season on Feb. 1-2. The meet will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the USAFA Cadet Natatorium.
Swim team faces Utah in final meet
PROVO, Utah – In BYU’s final regular season meet, the swim team will compete against in-state rival University of Utah at the Ute Natatorium on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. MST.
“This is one of the best meets of the season,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “It brings out the best in both universities as we race.”
The Cougars and Utes faced off earlier this season in September for their annual relay meet. Freshman Gwen Gustafson shined as she out-touched a Utah swimmer in the mixed 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in first with teammates Payton Sorenson, Connor Stirling and Tiare Coker.
Sorenson is currently ranked No. 4 nationally in the men’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.19 and No. 42 in the men’s 100-yard freestyle at 43.20. Freshman Brynn Sproul is also ranked nationally in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke.
The divers will represent BYU at the Air Force Invitational on February 1-2 in Colorado Springs at the USAFA Cadet Natatorium.
These will be the final meets for BYU swimming and diving before they prepare for the MPSF Championships held Feb. 20-23.