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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Payton Sorenson matched his All-Time BYU record of 42.86 in the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Division I Swim and Dive Championships on Saturday.
“Payton competed well and achieved a record time,” BYU head swim coach John Brooks said. “I couldn’t be more proud of Patyon and his performance throughout this season and especially here at the NCAA.”
In the final day of the NCAA Championship, Sorenson placed 24th in the 100 freestyle and registered a time of 42.86. That ties a record time that he achieved a year ago while competing in the American Short Course Championship.
In addition to holding the BYU record in the 100 freestyle, Sorenson has the top BYU and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference time of 19.22 in the 50 freestyle. Sorenson, along with previous and current teammates Jake Taylor, Preston Jenkins and Connor Stirling, holds the BYU record in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 2:53.11.
At the MPSF Championships in February, Sorenson was awarded First-Team All-MPSF in the 50 free (19.85) and the 100 free (43.49). He was also awarded Second-Team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the 200 freestyle relay (team time of 1:20.59) and the 400 freestyle relay (team time of 2:56.18).
Sorenson ends his junior season with two ‘Swimmer of the Week’ awards given by College Swimming and one ‘Male Athlete of the Week’ awarded by MPSF/TURBO.
Although the BYU 2016-2017 swim and dive season comes to a close, sophomore Nathan Rogers has chosen and qualified to compete in the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series. This will take place in Mesa, Arizona from April 13-15. More details will be posted as information becomes available.
Sorenson and Dreesen participate in NCAA Swim and Dive Championships
PROVO, Utah – Payton Sorenson and Kevin Dreesen qualified to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships, which will begin Wednesday, March 22, at Indianapolis, Indiana and will go through Saturday, March 25.
“The NCAA Championships is the climax of our sport,” BYU head swim coach John Brooks said. “Last year, both Payton and Kevin qualified for and competed in the NCAA Championships. We are hoping to move up and see improvements from the previous year.”
Sorenson met the minimum required time of 20.19 for a B Standard qualification in the 50 freestyle with a personal time of 19.22. He also will be participating in the 100 free with a personal best and seeded time of 43.06, which is under the B Standard time of 44.29.
Dreesen qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships while participating in the Zone E Diving Championships. In the 1-meter, the top nine scores were selected to move on to the finals at the NCAA. Dreesen placed eighth overall and had a combined prelims and final score of 626.25.
The top 12 performers in the 3-meter were also chosen to move on and Dreesen placed 12th with a combined score of 658.85.
There are not any events that BYU will participate in on Wednesday. On Thursday, Sorenson swims the 50 free and Dreesen will compete in the 1-meter event. On Friday, Dreesen will participate in the 3-meter, while Sorenson swims the 100 free on Saturday.
Thursday through Saturday, the swimming prelims begin at 10 a.m. EDT and the finals commence at 6 p.m. EDT. Diving events will be at 12 p.m. EDT each day.
ESPN3.com will live stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions, along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday, will be streamed live on www.ncaa.com and www.indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd.