Men seal the victory with a win in the final event
BYU was able to slip by the University of Hawaii in a meet that went back and forth until the very last event. The Cougars began the meet strong, finishing one-two in the 200 medley relay and then by finishing first and third in the final relay of the day, squeaked by the Rainbow Warriors by one point, 150-149.
"This meet was just like a heavy weight fight," said men's swimming head coach Tim Powers. "We got out to fast start, but it was neck and neck throughout."
The Cougars split first place finishes with Hawaii over the 12-event meet. BYU captured wins in both relays while Mark Chay, Kenny Carpenter and Brett Allen picked up individual victories.
Carpenter was able to claim first place in the 100 fly with a time of 49.69, while Allen was able to pick up his second straight victory in the 50 free touching the wall at 20.75.
Chay's victory in the 200 IM, at a time of 1:50.91, was the event that put the Cougars in position to capture the one point win in the last relay of the meet. The native of Singapore also swam his way to a first place finish in the 100 free with a time of 45.36.
"This was really a great meet," Powers said. "You could really feel the energy and enthusiasm in the pool."
Following an afternoon on the beach of Waikiki, the men will travel home and prepare for a dual meet with the women against Mountain West Conference foes Air Force and Wyoming on Friday and Saturday. With the win the men stay undefeated on the season heading back into Mountain West competition.
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Cougars travel to the islands to face Hawaii
The men's swimming team will have an early meet with the University of Hawaii in Honolulu Saturday morning. The Cougars hope to continue their rise in the polls after the meet.
BYU will look for strong performances to come from senior Kenny Carpenter and sophomore Mark Chay. Chay, who swam with Singapore in last summer's Olympic games has excelled for the Cougars with several top place finishes on the season. Carpenter brings strong leadership to the team along with individual wins in several events this season.
Hawaii will be led by junior Andrew Affleck and fellow junior Thomas Winkler. The twosome capture four individual wins between them in the Rainbow Warrior's previous meet against Texas A&M and Wisconsin.
"Hawaii is always tough at home," said head coach Tim Powers, "they changed the time on us from Friday to Saturday, but I think we will be alright."
The Cougars are currently ranked no. 20 in the nation according to the latest poll posted by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America, while the Rainbow Warriors are currently ranked no. 22.