Cougars breeze by Falcons
PROVO -- The men and women swimming team made easy work of the Air Force Falcons on Friday with both teams winning easily. The men posted a final mark of 142-96 while the women swam away with a 154-74 score.
"Air Force was swimming well, regardless of what the score said," women's head coach Stan Crump said. "I was particularly impressed with some of our swims. Natasha's (Schlup) 200 back (2:04.48) and Jamie Bloom's 200 breast (2:21.16) were really impressive."
The women posted the top time or score in each of the 13 events. Outside of Schlup and Bloom other Cougar top finishers included sophomore Brittany Davis in the 1000 free (10:39.48), freshman U-Nice Chan in the 200 free (1:56.71) and 500 free (5:08.99), sophomore Hannah Palmer in the 50 free (24.10), freshman Tara Bradshaw in the 200 IM (2:10.81), freshman Angela Nelson on both the 1-meter (183.00) and 3-meter (199.95), freshman Angela Goodson in the 200 fly (2:12.42), and junior Shannon Bloom in the 100 free (53.90). The Cougars also posted top times in both the 400 free relay with a time of 3:03.63 and the 400 medley relay, touching the wall at 4:03.07.
The final score for the women did not include the points that the Cougars garnered in both the diving apparatus and the final two events of the night, the 200 breast and 400 free relay. The men were also able to post impressive numbers despite not taking the full points from the final two events.
"I think we swam very well," men's head coach Tim Powers said. "All of our times were really good and the guys all seemed ready for any challenge that came our way."
The men only dropped three events to the Falcons on their way to the victory. The Cougars top finishers were senior Kenny Carpenter in the 200 free (1:42.27) and 200 fly (1:51.18), sophomore Brett Allen in the 50 free (20.77), sophomore Mark Chay in the 200 IM (1:52.47), senior Scott Randall on both the 1-meter (213.55) and 3-meter (195.15), Jorge Azevedo in the 100 free (45.98) and Adam Ware in the 200 breast (2:05.69). The men also swam the best times in both the 400 free relay (3:03.63) and the 400 medley relay (4:03.07).
The Cougars will now look to their match-up against a stronger Wyoming team Saturday at noon. Wyoming features one of the top swimmers in the nation in senior Scott Usher who swam in the finals of the Olympic games in Athens.
Cougars will face two opponents in two days
The men and women will face two opponents in two days when they face the Air Force Academy and Wyoming on back-to-back days. The Cougars are preparing to face the Falcons on Friday and the Cowboys on Saturday.
"They are both going to be tough," men's head coach Tim Powers said. "Both teams have strong swimmers, Chris Knaute (AFA) is tough to beat in long distance freestyle events and Wyoming's Scott Usher is an Olympian and makes that team strong in breast and medley relays."
The Cougar men head into the weekend's competition undefeated and stand at no. 19 in the latest polls. The Falcons are coming off a one point victory against UNLV in Colorado Springs, a UNLV team that BYU also slipped by with a score of 122.5-107.5.
The Saturday meeting between the Cougar men and the Wyoming Cowboys will feature two Olympians. Wyoming's Scott Usher competed for the United States in breaststroke events and BYU sophomore Mark Chay who swam for Singapore.
"Wyoming is a scary team," women's head coach Stan Crump said. "Scott Usher alone is worth coming to see."
For the women the meet with the Cowgirls of Wyoming was close last year with the Cougars coming away with the win in Laramie 125-118. The Cougars will look to repeat the outcome of last year and win at home.
The Cougar women have already swam against Air Force Academy earlier in the year when they faced the Falcons in the Speedo Cup held in November. The Cougars finished the meet in sixth and saw Air Force finish in the ninth spot.
"I really expect both teams to come and race," Crump said.
The Cougars will face Air Force Friday night at 5 p.m. and follow up with a meeting with the Cowboys Saturday at noon.