PROVO -- The BYU women's swim team fell 191-109 to Colorado State Friday evening at the Richards Building pool.
The Cougars hadn't competed since November at the Speedo Cup, and coach Stan Crump said his swimmers were a little rusty. Crump also said the meet was a lot closer than the final score indicated as BYU lost a lot of close races.
"If we win half of the close races, we're right in there," Crump said. "And that's not taking anything away from Colorado State. They're a great team."
The Cougars lost seven races by less than one second, including the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 100 back, 50 free, 200 back, 200 breast and 200 free relay. Two Cougars,Nikki Xanthos (100 breast) and Brittany Davis (500 free), won their races.
BYU will take on New Mexico tomorrow at noon at the Richards Building pool. Admission is free to the public.
PROVO -- The BYU women's swimming and diving team will resume MWC competition this weekend when it takes on Colorado State on Jan. 16 and New Mexico on Jan. 17 at the Richards Building pool.
Coach Stan Crump said he is looking forward to competing against Colorado State and New Mexico this weekend and that the meet will help him gauge how far his team has progressed this year.
"They (Colorado State) are awful good," Crump said. "They are the coaches pick to win the conference. We beat them at the Speedo Cup in November, but they didn't bring all of their swimmers."
Crump also said he is optimistic about how his team will swim this weekend and it will help the team prepare for the conference championships later this year.
"CSU is the team we have to beat if we want to win the conference," Crump said.
The Cougars competed against the Claremont Swim Club over the Christmas break, but haven't faced NCAA competition since the Speedo Cup in November. Crump said the long layoff may be a problem since his team has been training extra hard over the break, which may result in slower times initially.
Friday's meet against the Rams will start at 6 p.m. while Saturday's meet against the Lobos will begin at 12 p.m. Admission is free to the public.