BYU Takes Victory Over GCU
PHOENIX – The BYU swim and dive team took 23 first-place wins against Grand Canyon to defeat the Antelopes Saturday afternoon.
The BYU men’s team took the victory over the Antelopes, 159-141, while the Cougar women topped their opponents, 202-89.
The Cougars started off the meet sweeping in the 200-yard medley relays. A team of Brynn Sproul, Lily Plaudis, Charlotte Fie’eiki and Gwen Gustafson earned the first win with a time of 1:43.71. Brayden Murphy, Josue Dominguez, Javier Matta and Connor Stirling secured first for the men at 1:30.95.
The women dominated the board in the 200-yard freestyle event, taking the top three spots. Tiare Coker swam fastest, touching at 1:53.71. Gustafson came close after with a time of 1:53.87 and Sproul followed with a 1:55.07. Gustafson continued to place high as she shined in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, taking first at 23.76.
The men showed up during the 50-yard freestyle, as a trio of Cougars stole the top-three finishes. Jared Shaw led with a time of 20.27, while Stirling and Roger Woods followed in second and third with times of 20.39 and 20.84, respectively. Stirling also swam an impressive 100-yard freestyle, taking the win with a time of 45.22. Woods and Shaw also placed in the top five in the 100-yard freestyle event.
Both the men and women earned first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard breaststroke events. For the women’s 100-yard butterfly, Fie’eiki represented with a 57.15 win. For the men, Matta swam a 49.73. Teammate Plaudis shined in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, landing at the top with a time of 2:21.34. Dominguez finished first in his 200-yard breaststroke event at 2:06.48.
Several other Cougars brought in first-place finishes in their individual events, including Kali Brown, Tyler Edlefsen, Jessica LeSueur, Katie McBratney, Tanner Murphy and Sproul.
Morgan Mellow-Dopp stood out for the divers in both the 1- and 3-meter events. Mellow-Dopp placed first in the 1-meter, scoring a 250.50 and taking the win in the 3-meter as well with a score of 286.45.
BYU will compete at home against Denver on Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. MST. The meet will be held at the Richards Building Pool and is open to the public.