Swimmers Finish Weekend on Top
LARAMIE -- The BYU men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Wyoming Saturday to wrap up a weekend of dual road meets and wins after beating Air Force Thursday at the Cadet Natatorium. The No. 20 men are now 9-1 on the season.
The Cougars made a strong showing against the Cowboys with the women winning all but two events (158-85) including both boards, and the men taking first in eight events, including triple wins and triple records by junior sprinter and two-time MWC Swimmer of the Week Brett Allen. Allen set three new pool records at 7,000 feet in the Corbett Pool in the 50 free (20.17), 100 free (45.15) and the 200 medley relay with teammates junior Mark Chay, senior Nicholas Tobler and junior Jorge Azevedo. The tag team touched at 1:30.75. Allen also continues to stand undefeated in the 50 free so far this season.
Women's swimming coach Stan Crump said the Cowboys did not fall to the Cougars by lack of competition; BYU just came ready to swim.
"We competed really well today," Crump said. "The team looked good out there today."
Freshman Leilani Roberts also recorded a triple at Wyoming helping win the 200 free relay (1:38.24) and taking first in the 100 free (52.47) and the 200 free (1:53.56). First-place finishes also came from junior Sarah Woodbury in the 50 free (24.73), sophomore Tara Bradshaw in the 400 IM (4:45.25), sophomore Angela Goodson in the 100 fly (57.78), sophomore Jamie Bloom in the 100 breast (1:06.01) and senior Natasha Jones in the 100 back (59.72).
Additional wins came on the men's side from sophomore Travis Price in the 200 free (1:43.18), Azevedo in the 100 fly (48.89), Chay in the 100 back (51.66) and Tobler in the 100 breast (58.20).
The divers performed double-duty competing at the AFA Invitational and Wyoming on Saturday. Sophomore Kristin Pitt finished second on the 1-meter at the AFA Invite (268.05) and swept both boards at Wyoming with a score of 268.05 on the 1-meter and 254.95 on the 3-meter. Sophomore teammate Angela Nelson also scored on the platform at Air Force scoring 187.70 and finishing third and came in second on the 1-meter at Wyoming at 254.95. Sophomore diver Ron Morris also took third at Air Force on the platform (252.35) and finished second on Saturday on the 1-meter (274.05).
The Cougars will host the Utes in the Richards Building Pool Thursday at 6 p.m. for their final conference meet of the season before the Mountain West Championships.
Eight BYU swimmers are set to compete at the Wave I Olympic Trials meet from June 4-7.
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