PROVO, Utah – A very close scoring meet resulted in a split victory for BYU as the men’s swim and dive team beat Arizona State, 132-111, while the women’s team fell five points short at 122-117.
“I wasn’t sure how we would perform after six weeks of no competition, but we swam really well and battled hard,” BYU head coach Tim Powers said. “If we would have won a couple touch-out races, it would have been different for the women. However, I though we competed well.”
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The men followed in the same event, but came in at second with a time of 1:33.09.
Stott Bushnell and Seth Russell swam neck-and-neck in the 200 free. Bushnell recorded a time of 1:42.79 and Russell touched in right behind him at 1:42.91 for first and second place.
In the women’s heat of the 50 free, sprinter Taryn Toolson recorded a time of 23.53 for the first place win. For the men, Jordan Fletcher and Daniel Bates finished in second and third place with times of 21.15 and 21.39.
Kim Welch touched in at 2:04.30 for a second place finish in the 200 fly. In the men’s heat, Gary Arthur and David Armstrong swam a close race for first and second with Arthur gaining a time of 1:54.21 and Armstrong at 1:54.23.
In the 100 free, Hailey Campell took second for BYU with her time of 52.44, while Beaman grabbed the first place win for the men’s heat with his time of 46.32.
Touching in at 2:02.39, Candice Smith grabbed first place in the women’s heat of the 200 backstroke.
The 200-free relay concluded the meet with the women’s team of Toolson, Welch, Campbell and Andrea Grant finishing in first place with a time of 1:34.76.
On the boards, Brandon Watson faced some competition against ASU’s Constantin Blaha, a fellow All-American. While Watson was able to score highest in the 1-meter with 375.98, he came up just short to Blaha in the 3-meter with a score of 401.93.
For the women, Dayna Christensen swept both boards, gaining a first place win in 3-meter with 298.20 and a 1-meter score of 288.53.
Up next, the Cougars will travel to Colorado on Jan. 13th for a match up against Air Force.