Brigham Young University
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El Pomar Natatorium

1100 North Avenue Grand Junction CO 81501

clovelace | Posted: 8 Oct 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Second day with six wins to lift BYU over Utah, Air Force and Colorado Mesa


GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado– Tiare Coker and Preston Jenkins led the BYU swim and dive team winning five of the six events the  en route to dual victories over Utah, Colorado Mesa and Air Force on Saturday at the Intermountain Shootout.

"The meet went really well for the second day," said BYU coach John Brooks. "Tiare Coker, Lauren Taylor, and Preston Jenkins definitely highlighted the meet with their performances.  We had a very good showing from our team, top to bottom with lots of improvements from day one to day two."

Dual victories were registered by BYU’s men’s team over the University of Utah (197-180) and Colorado Mesa (264-126), but U.S. Air Force bested the Cougars, 241-149. Three victories were claimed by the BYU women’s team, beating U. S. Air Force (208.50-184.50), University of Utah ( 270-115) and Colorado Mesa (286-107), but fell to Liberty University (273-99).

Coker, a freshman from La Crescenta, California, had a successful meet, winning the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.96. Just four events later, she won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.56.

Jenkins contributed to the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay win, swimming a lead of 21.13. Teammates Roger Woods, Kent Fellows, and Payton Sorenson helped achieve the 1:22.17 final time. Jenkins followed with an additional victory in the men’s 200-yard individual medley with a 1:53.09 time. He finished the day with his third win in the men’s 200-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 1:50.75. He was followed about three seconds later by teammate Ethan Kramer, a freshman from Flower Mound, Texas. Kramer finished second with a time of 1:53.43

Several second-place individual events were achieved by various members of the team. Lauren Shaw Taylor, MPSF/Turbo Athlete of the Week, took second in the women’s 200-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 2:04.22. Sorenson competed in the men’s 100-yard freestyle event, finishing in 45.51. Just shy of the win for the women’s 200-yard individual medley, Riley Merrill had a time of 2:07.88.

The men’s diving team swept the 1-meter diving event, claiming the top four scores. Matt Denkers won the event with a score of 283.95. Following in chronological order were teammates Eric Muir (274.20), Trayton Speth (267.10) and Kevin Dreesen (266.75).

Competing in the women’s 3-meter diving event, Erica Lienhard and Kaitlyn Abernathy took seventh and eighth over-all, with scores of 199.40 and 197.30.

"I am very happy with the divers and how they settled into the second day of competition," BYU diving coach Tyce Rouston said. "They focused more on our game plan for the beginning of our season and they performed assertively. The men swept one through four, with Matt Denkers winning both boards and freshman Eric Muir securing second. The women's event all around was a much stronger field and the BYU women were very consistent. 'Keyka' Lienhard was our top performer and is getting stronger this early compared to last season. I am excited to see their progress and I see potential for our next meet." 

After a successful competition, the Cougars return home and prepare to take on Arizona State on Saturday, October 22, starting at 11 a.m., MDT. For more information, please visit the BYU swim and dive schedule page.

clovelace | Posted: 4 Oct 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Men's and women's swim and dive travel to Colorado Mesa Invite


PROVO, Utah– Colorado Mesa College will host BYU and additional schools in a two-day Intermountain Shootout invitational on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8 at El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction. 

“We have enjoyed going to this meet for the last several years now,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “It allows the athletes to compete in several events and is a great benchmark for the season.”

The BYU women’s swim meet against Oregon State was the first event that counted toward the season. This invitational will be the first meet that will involve both BYU men’s and women’s swim and dive teams that will be counted in the season standings. Also attending this invitational are teams from the University of Utah, Air Force Academy, and Liberty University.

Events will commence on Friday at 5 p.m. MDT and will continue throughout the evening. The second day of the meet will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. MDT. Live video feed can be found by clicking on this link and live stats can be found by clicking here. Results for this meet can be found on the BYU swim and dive schedule page.