GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – In their first official meet of the season the BYU swim and dive teams competed hard at the Intermountain Shootout hosted by Colorado Mesa University at the El Pomar Natatorium on Friday and Saturday.
“Overall we had a lot of nice swims,” head coach John Brooks said. “The races that we didn’t win were all really close so we did a great job. We had nice swims on both days and this is a great start to the season.”
The men’s team won three of their dual-meets defeating Air Force, Colorado Mesa University and Colorado Mesa University Club while losing to the University of Utah. The women defeated Colorado Mesa while losing to Utah.
The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of Ciera Marsh Keller, Riley Buer, Emily To’o and Alora Foliaki got things started with a third-place finish in the first event of the day.
True freshman Vanessa Moffatt picked up BYU’s first win of the event recording a 1:54.62 in the women’s 200-yard freestyle.
Taylor picked up a second-place finish in the men’s 200 free finishing in 1:40.69.
Hayden Palmer, Luis Ventura and Rafael Alfaro picked up top-five finishes in the men’s 400 IM. Palmer turned in a second-place finish with a 4:02.53 and Ventura took fourth in 4:06.00, Alfaro finished just behind Ventura with a 4:06.73.
Foliaki, Keller and To’o finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the women’s 50 free. Foliaki finished in 24:42, Keller just behind her at 24:97 and To’o at 25:03.
Haley Bertoldo finished in 58:10 in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, good enough for fifth-place finish.
Taylor won the men’s 100 back with a 48:95 and Ng finished second turning in a 50:12 finish.
Moffatt finished second in the grueling 1,650 free with a 17:50.19. Ventura took third in men’s 1,650 free with a 16:06.33.
For the dive team, Haley Francois Quinn finished third in the one-meter with a score of 219.60. Ali Tippets finished sixth with a 202.40.
Kevin Dreeesen recorded a second-place finish in the men’s three-meter scoring 303.45. Nathan Gonzales finished third with a 280.15.
The women’s 200 free relay team of Alexandria Sorensen, Marsh, To’o and Foliaki got things started on Saturday taking second place with a time of 1:38.72. The men’s 200 free relay made up of Taylor, Levi Jensen, Ng and Alfaro also tallied a second-place time with a 1:24.28.
Buer finished fourth in the women’s 200 IM in 2:11.70 and just a couple seconds behind her for a fifth place finish was Lillian Moore who came in at 2:13.07. The men’s team took the two top spots in the men’s 200 IM. Palmer took first with a time of 1:52.28 and coming in behind him for second place was Taylor at 1:52.58.
Taylor won the men’s 200 back finishing with a time of 1:51.28 and Sorensen was able to take third in the men’s 200 breast touching the wall in 2:07.29.
In the women’s 200 breast Hanna Skaggs finished with a third-place time of 2:25.87 and just behind her was Buer finishing fourth with a time 2:27.09.
Both the men and women’s 400 free relay teams took third in their respective events. The women’s team made up of Emily Harris, Lauren Shaw Taylor, Moffatt and Sydney Dahl recorded a time of 3:37.73. For the men it was Taylor, McKay King, Ventura and Alfaro touching the wall with a time of 3:04.96.
Both dive teams had a good Saturday with the women finishing second and third in the three-meter with Mackenzie Rands scoring a 258.15 and Quinn a 252.60. For the men, true freshman Gonzales won the one-meter event scoring a 318.20 in the first meet of his career.
The women’s team heads to California in a couple of weeks to compete against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 25 at noon with the men’s next meet in Las Vegas against UNLV on Nov. 8 at noon.