Cougars fall to defending conference champion UC Davis


BYU vs. UC Davis dual meet results.

DAVIS, California – The BYU women’s swim and dive team fell short against defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion UC Davis 149-140 in a dual meet Saturday.

“They were prepared against us and they’re a really good team and it showed why they’re the defending champions,” head coach John Brooks said. “Hopefully we can learn from this and next time we compete against them we can perform better.”

Ciera Marsh Keller, Hannah Hansen, Haley Bertoldo and Alora Foliaki teamed up to earn a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay finishing with a time of 1:47.54.

Vanessa Moffatt followed up her teammates second-place finish with one of her own in the 1,000-yard freestyle earning a time of 10:26.61.

Sophomore Emily Harris finished third in the 200 free touching the wall in 1:54.68.

Mackenzie Rands picked up the only win of the afternoon for BYU. The senior diver won the 3-meter with a score of 294.00. Her teammates Ali Tippetts (276.08) and Megan Johnson Harris (263.55) finished second and third.

BYU took four of the top five spots in the 100-yard backstroke. UC Davis senior, Hilary Hunt won the event in 57.16. Keller finished second (57.83), followed by Bertoldo (58.10), Ashlee Spindler (58.57) and Lauren Shaw Taylor (58.62).

Riley Buer picked up a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing with a time of 1:06.85. She also finished second in the 200 back, coming in at 2:22.18.

The Arizona Diving Invite is up next for the BYU divers in Tucson, Arizona, Nov. 21-22. The swimmers are back in action when a select group of men and women head to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Invite Dec. 4-6.