Women Swimmers and Divers Dominate UNM, NAU
ALBUQUERQUE -- The BYU women’s swim team continues to be perfect with another win under it’s belt, defeating conference opponent, New Mexico (211.50-88.50) and also Northern Arizona University (177.50-122.50), the Cougars improve their record to (2-0).
“We swam well against two very good teams,” said BYU head coach Tim Powers. “It was not an easy win, they were good competition and we are happy with the outcome.”
BYU won 12 out of 16 events, seven of those wins coming from underclassmen. Freshmen Amy Xu and Candice Smith set the pace, picking up two wins apiece.
Xu swam season-best times in both the 200 free (1:52.79) and the 500 free (5:06.26), while Smith won both the 100 and 200 back with times of 57.60 and 2:04.25, respectively.
Other underclassmen winners included freshman Jodie Ellis who won the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.86, sophomore Aleesha Miller who won the 50 free (23.47) and sophomore Rachel Grant who won the 400 IM (4:27.95).
The rest of the BYU wins came from juniors Natasha Menezes in the 1000 free (10:24.79), Tawni Jones in 1-meter diving (299.80), Kirsty Ferrell in the 100 fly (57.11) and Junior Ava Jackman won the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 264.25.
The 400 free relay team of Ferrell, senior Leilani Roberts, Miller and Menezes topped off the meet beating NAU and UNM by four and eight seconds, respectively (3:27.21).
UNM was also defeated by NAU with a score of 177-123.
The women and the men will be together again to compete against various teams within and without the conference in the Lincoln Shootout Saturday at Long Beach, Calif.
One Day of Rest
PROVO -- After one day of rest following their first dual meet against TCU, the BYU women’s swim and dive team (1-0) will travel to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico (1-2) and Northern Arizona University (2-1) Saturday at 11 a.m. MT.
“We are coming off a solid win with our women’s team,” said BYU head coach Tim Powers. “We look to win again this weekend.”
Last year the Cougars beat the New Mexico Lobos 185-104 and will prove to perform equally well as they did vs. TCU Thursday.
Against TCU, the women won 14 out of 16 events, with sophomore Rachel Grant winning both fly events and the 200 IM, as well as helping the 400 medley relay team come out with a win.
Junior All-American diver Tawni Jones came out with two wins vs. TCU and looks for both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles again this Saturday.
Freshman Amy Xu and junior Natasha Menezes will lead the distance swimmers while sophomore Aleesha Miller will lead the Cougars in the sprinting events. Freshman Candice Smith will also help in the backstroke.
Both the Cougar men and women will be back in the pool Saturday Nov. 8 for the Lincoln Shootout in Long Beach, Calif.