Swimmers Earn Win and Tie at Beehive Relays
PROVO -- The BYU men's swimming and diving team earned a win with the women's team posting a tie in the final training meet for the Cougars before heading into the regular season. The Cougars faced in-state rivals Utah in the annual Beehive Relays hosted in Provo.
The men's team started strong by winning the first four events and maintained the lead to the end. The men ended the meet by winning eight of 12 events on the way to a 152 to 136 victory over the Utes.
"We've been training really hard and I think our guys went out and swam really fast tonight," Men's head coach Tim Powers said. "We had a great crowd tonight, and have Notre Dame next week and we're really looking forward now to the regular season."
The women's team led the Utes heading into the final event, but was beaten to the wall by Utah that resulted in a tie between the two teams. The women had a strong showing in diving by sweeping both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Freshman diver Kristin Pitt posted her first win as a Cougar in the 3-meter event with a final score of 396.67.
"I really think we scored the points that we should have scored," Diving head coach Keith Russell said. "They are probably the best team of divers we will face all year and I think we did a good job of holding our own against them."
The women will now have a week to prepare for a dual meet with San Diego State and New Mexico in Albuquerque on Nov. 4-6. The men will face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in Provo next Saturday, Oct. 30 at noon.
Swimmers to face Utah in the Beehive Relays
The men's and women's swim team will have its final warm-up of the season before heading into the dual meet schedule when they face in-state rival Utah in the Beehive Relays Friday at 6 p.m. at the RB pools.
Although the meet will still be considered a training session before the season begins there will be no love loss between the two in-state schools.
"There is always a rivalry when BYU and Utah get together," Men's head coach Tim Powers said. "Last year we went up and beat them at their pool, so they are looking for a little pay back."
The meet will follow standard relay match-ups with some unusual relays such as a 3x100 freestyle relay, 3x100 breaststroke relay and 3x100 butterfly relay among others.
The diving teams will also be in action under a slightly different format. The team will dive in pairs with the scores being added together to get a total. The meet will begin at 6 p.m. and will be free to the public.