BYU Women Win Speedo Cup and Men Take Second
LONG BEACH -- For the second time in school history the BYU women's swim team won the 2006 Speedo Cup. The Cougar men finished second (911) behind first-place Stanford (1803.5). The Cougar women competed against 21 other colleges and the men swam against 15.
"The girls swam hard this weekend," said BYU women's head swim coach Stan Crump. "A lot of girls swam really well for us. We had great swims in the mile, backstroke and IM."
The BYU women started out the final day of competition getting first-place finishes from freshman Natasha Menezes in the 1650 free (17:10.44) and senior Brittany Davis-Burk in the 200 back (2:01.86). In the next three events sophomore Leilani Roberts took second in the 100 free (51.14), junior Jamie Bloom finished third in the 200 breast (2:20.47) and junior Angela Goodson took third in the 200 fly (2:05.03).
In the final event of the meet the Cougar women finished first in the 400 free relay of Menezes, Davis-Burk, Roberts and freshman Kirsty Ferrell (3:29.24).
The BYU women took first in the 800 free relay on day two with swims from Menezes, Goodson, Roberts and sophomore Whitney Hall (7:32.36). Other first-place finishers from day one for the Cougar women were Menezes in the 500 free (4:55.30) and the 400 medley relay team of Davis-Burk, J. Bloom, Goodson and Roberts (3:48.85).
The BYU men battled till the end beating out Air Force for second place. In the last event of the competition the Cougar men took the 400 free relay of seniors Jorge Azevedo, Brett Allen and Chris Patience and junior Travis Price (2:59.98).
On day one Allen swam a current national-best time in the 50 free of 19.82. The swim was in the prelims and Allen ended up finishing second in that event (20.03). Allen also took third in the 100 free (44.53).
"Brett swam really fast this weekend," said BYU men's head swim coach Tim Powers. "Other guys had some season-best times. We're swimming well and I am pleased with where the team is at right now."
To view the results of the 2006 Speedo Cup go to http://www.swim.uci.edu/2006speedocup.html.
BYU Divers Host Diving Invite While Swimmers Compete in Speedo Cup
PROVO -- In what will be a busy week for BYU the divers will host the BYU Diving Invite on Nov. 17-18 while the men's and women's swim teams head to Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the Speedo Cup held Nov. 16-18.
"The Diving Invite will be a high-level competition," said BYU dive coach Keith Russell. "Some of our athletes will do some new dives, and I'm hoping a few of them will qualify for the zone meet."
UNLV, BYU and possibly Utah will compete in the invite. On Friday the divers will perform in the 1- and 3-meter events. In Saturday's competition the divers will continue on the 1- and 3-meter boards and will also dive from the platform. Participants will be hoping to score high enough to qualify for the zone meet held at the end of the season. The zone meet is where divers can qualify for nationals.
The BYU men's and women's swim teams start Speedo Cup competition on Thursday. There are a total of 18 events divided up into three days of competition.
The BYU women's swim team placed third in the 2005 Speedo Cup behind Stanford and Air Force. The last time the Cougar women won the Speedo Cup was in 1998, and the last time a BYU woman won an individual title was in 2002 when Courtnee Adams won the 100 free (51.36).
"We have some good competition this weekend," said BYU women's head swim coach Stan Crump. "We're seeded well in a lot of events and our goal is to get season's best."
On the men's side senior Brett Allen won the 50 free (20.16) and swam on the first-place 400 free relay (3:01.13) at the 2005 Speedo Cup helping the No. 24 BYU men place third behind Stanford and Nevada. Over the last 10 years the men's team has placed in the top three every year and won the invitational in 2002.
Results for the Speedo Cup Invitational can be accessed by going to http://www.swim.uci.edu/2006speedocup.html.