BYU Takes Victory Over GCU
PHOENIX – The BYU swim and dive team took 23 first-place wins against Grand Canyon to defeat the Antelopes Saturday afternoon.
The BYU men’s team took the victory over the Antelopes, 159-141, while the Cougar women topped their opponents, 202-89.
The Cougars started off the meet sweeping in the 200-yard medley relays. A team of Brynn Sproul, Lily Plaudis, Charlotte Fie’eiki and Gwen Gustafson earned the first win with a time of 1:43.71. Brayden Murphy, Josue Dominguez, Javier Matta and Connor Stirling secured first for the men at 1:30.95.
The women dominated the board in the 200-yard freestyle event, taking the top three spots. Tiare Coker swam fastest, touching at 1:53.71. Gustafson came close after with a time of 1:53.87 and Sproul followed with a 1:55.07. Gustafson continued to place high as she shined in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, taking first at 23.76.
The men showed up during the 50-yard freestyle, as a trio of Cougars stole the top-three finishes. Jared Shaw led with a time of 20.27, while Stirling and Roger Woods followed in second and third with times of 20.39 and 20.84, respectively. Stirling also swam an impressive 100-yard freestyle, taking the win with a time of 45.22. Woods and Shaw also placed in the top five in the 100-yard freestyle event.
Both the men and women earned first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke events. For the women’s 100-yard butterfly, Fie’eiki represented with a 57.15 win. For the men, Matta swam a 49.73. Teammate Plaudis shined in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, landing at the top with a time of 2:21.34. Dominguez finished first in his 200-yard breaststroke event at 2:06.48.
Several other Cougars brought in first-place finishes in their individual events, including Kali Brown, Tyler Edlefsen, Jessica LeSueur, Katie McBratney, Tanner Murphy and Sproul.
Morgan Mellow-Dopp stood out for the divers in both the 1- and 3-meter events. Mellow-Dopp placed first in the 1-meter, scoring a 250.50 and taking the win in the 3-meter as well with a score of 286.45.
BYU will compete at home against Denver on Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. MST. The meet will be held at the Richards Building Pool and is open to the public.
Cougars Travel to Face Grand Canyon
PROVO, Utah – The BYU swim and dive team will head to Phoenix, Arizona, to compete against Grand Canyon on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Fr Edward J. Reese Aquatic Center.
“Grand Canyon is a great university and they always bring out the best in us at the beginning of the year,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “This will be our first and only outdoor meet of the season so the team is really looking forward to it.”
The Cougars are coming off their winter training in Tampa, Florida. During the fall season, BYU had several highlight moments with many of the athletes. Sophomore Josue Dominguez will be representing the Dominican Republic in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, while seven other swimmers have qualified for the Olympic Time Trials.
The meet will begin at noon MST and results will be available on the BYU swim and dive schedule page.