Women's swimming begins new year at FIU Sprint Invite

BYU swimming rings in the new year as it competes at the FIU Sprint Invite in Miami, Florida on Jan. 3.

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PROVO, Utah — BYU swimming rings in the new year as it competes at the FIU Sprint Invite in Miami, Florida on Jan. 3.

Meet at-a-glance: FIU Sprint Invite | Jan. 3

Host: Florida International 
Location: Miami, FL
Venue: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center
Teams Competing: Barry, BYU, California (PA), Concordia-St. Paul, Florida International, Mary Washington, Ohio Northern, South Dakota
Schedule, Events:  Competition begins at 10 a.m. EST with the first round of the women’s 50 back. Preliminary races are held for the 50 back, breast, fly and free with the top-8 swimmers advancing to the second round, four to the third and top-2 facing off in the final. The 200 free, 100 IM, free, breast, back and fly races are each finals.

Rankings Review

BYU men’s swimming came in as the first team out of the latest CSCAA Top-25 on Dec. 14. The Cougars were the top team “also receiving votes” in front of Missouri, Pitt, Northwestern and Princeton. Navy ranks just ahead of BYU at No. 25. Big 12 foe Texas came in at No. 8.

BYU men’s swimming may not have competed since the Mizzou Invitational Nov. 14-17 but the Cougars continue to have four swimmers and each of the five men’s relay squads ranked with top-50 times nationally.

Jordan Tiffany ranks sixth in the 100 fly at 44.85, 0.13 seconds ahead of Cal’s Dare Rose and two-hundredths of a second behind Gal Cohen Groumi of Michigan. Tiffany also ranks 10th in the 100 back with a relay leadoff time of 45.24. The junior from Pleasant Grove, Utah is currently the only men’s swimmer in the nation with top-10 times in both the 100 fly and 100 back.

Olympic Trials qualifier Brad Prolo holds 10th nationally in the 200 fly at 1:41.80. Prolo ranks 0.14 seconds faster than Indiana’s Tomer Frankel and just two-hundredths of a second behind Martin Espernberger of Tennessee.

BYU, No. 1 Arizona State and No. 3 Cal are the only teams nationally with a top-10 swimmer in each of the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 fly events.

Each of the Cougars’ five men’s relay squads rank in the top-30. The 200 medley relay squad of Tiffany, Prolo, Tanner Edwards and Luigi Riva is tied for 15th with Auburn, 0.12 seconds ahead of Notre Dame and just four-hundredths of a second behind Georgia.