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Men Take Third, Women Take Fourth at MPSF Championships
LA MIRADA, Calif. – The BYU men’s swim and dive team finished third overall with a final score of 673, while the women’s team took fourth at 525.50 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center.
On the final day, BYU’s Payton Sorenson set a conference record in the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA b-cut time of 42.24 that also replaced his No. 1 time in BYU program history.
Teammates Ryan Sorensen and Javier Matta also claimed b-cut times in their events. Sorensen received his D-I cut in the 200-yard breaststroke with an impressive time of 1:58.32, while Matta secured his cut in the 200-yard butterfly with BYU’s No. 3 all-time fastest time of 1:46.62.
In the women’s 100-yard freestyle, Gwen Gustafson placed first with a career high of 49.61 and BYU’s all-time No. 2 time. In the same event, Katie Smith and Kali Brown earned career-best times of 51.06 and 51.74, respectively.
Several other Cougars had career-best swims on the final day, including Jared Shaw, Brayden Murphy, James Sorenson and Tama Tuitama for the men, and Mariah Lindsay, Ellie Smith and Madelyn Flower for the women.
Over on the dive side, the BYU dive team claimed first in the championships with a total score of 367.00.
“I’m proud of the divers and how they raised their levels of performance each day,” BYU head dive coach Tyce Rouston said. “Their hard work paid off. There were so many wonderful performances at this MPSF meet for the Cougar divers.”
Kaela Call earned another zone cut in the platform event with a personal best and BYU’s No. 1 all-time record of 254.65. Kennedy Cribbs also put herself on the program’s all-time board at No. 4, scoring another zone cut for herself at 237.30
Kimble Mahler finished in fourth for the men in platform with his second zone cut and a No. 4 BYU all-time score of 332.75, while Nathan Gonzales posted his third and final zone cut at 308.10. In addition, Morgan Cooper secured his last zone cut and personal best platform score of 306.00.
For the first time in BYU history, all divers will compete at the Zone E Diving Championships in Flagstaff, Arizona, on March 11-13 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.
Payton Sorenson: 100-yard freestyle at 42.24 (B-Cut)
Ryan Sorensen: 200-yard breaststroke at 1:58.32 (B-Cut)
Javier Mata: 200-yard butterfly at 1:46.62
Cougars Head to MPSF Championships
PROVO, Utah – The BYU swim and dive teams travel to California to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship on Feb. 20-23.
“Conference is what we have been training for all year,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “I am looking forward to having a strong team, including one of the strongest women’s teams we have had in several years. Being outdoor will post some natural element issues, but with this being the last meet of the season and the final meet for some of our swimmers, our team is ready for anything.”
The men’s team took third at the MPSF Championships last year. Out of the eight MPSF Championship meets, the men have finished first four times - 2012, 14-16. The women have placed fourth the past two years.
During the four-day meet, the Cougars will compete against Cal Poly, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Hawaii and Pacific. UC Davis and San Diego will also compete on the women’s side.
Senior Payton Sorenson holds the MPSF Championship records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events with times of 19.53 and 42.94, respectively. BYU alum Jake Taylor holds the MPSF Championship records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke as well as the 200-yard individual medley.
The swim team will compete in La Mirada, California, at the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, while the divers will be in Mission Viejo at the Marguerite Aquatic Center. Swimming begins Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. PST and will continue Thursday through Saturday with preliminaries at 9:00 a.m. For the divers, competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST on Thursday and Friday, while Saturday’s dive meet will begin at noon PST.
Results will be posted daily on the BYU swim and dive schedule page and live results can be found on the Meet Mobile app.