Day one of Utah Tech Invite, day two of Mizzou Invite come to a close
PROVO, Utah — The BYU swim and dive teams had two school records broken in Columbus, Missouri on day two of the Mizzou Invite.
The second day of the Mizzou Invite featured school records broken by Javier Nicolas in the 100-yard butterfly and Brad Prolo in the 200-yard butterfly. Another 21 personal-bests were also set by the Cougars, as the men (629) and the women (535) stay steady in second place after the day's events.
After breaking the school record yesterday in the 200-yard butterfly event, Brad Prolo set another new school record today, posting a 1:43.26. In the 100-yard butterfly event, Javier Nicolas broke the school record twice in the same day, posting a 46.49 in his first swim and a 46.40 in his second swim, breaking a record that had been standing since 2008 by Jorge Azevedo of 47.11.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Evan VanderSluis (20.97) set a new personal-best time, breaking the personal best he set in yesterday's competition. VanderSluis also set a new personal record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 53.03.
Emma Marusakova (54.69), Julia Bartell (56.67) and Liza Slade (55.63) set new personal-bests in the 100-yard butterfly for the women's swim team, as well as Abraham Zimmerman (48.99), Tony Puertas (47.29) and Andrew Eliason (49.45) for the men. Career-best times were also set in the 100-yard backstroke event by Marusakova (54.86) and Diego Camacho (48.85).
On the men's side, the 100-yard breaststroke featured personal bests from Will Bonnett (53.18) and Brad Prolo (53.18) while Mackenzie Miller (1:01.06) and Abi Furqueron (1:02.36) also posted career-record times in the event for the women.
Finally, in the 200-yard freestyle event, women's swimmers Halli Williams (1:53.23), Regan Geldmacher (1:49.14) and Megan Bergstrom (1:51.85) set new career bests, with Luigi Riva posting a new personal best in the event, swimming a 1:38.24.
Utah Tech Invite
At the conclusion of the first day of the Utah Tech Invite, both the men (39 points) and women (4 points) swim and dive teams trail their respective fields. After competing in eight preliminary events Thursday morning, the teams competed in 10 final events in the evening.
Events included the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. Swimmer Darwin Anderson recorded the best individual place for the Cougars in the final events of the day, posting a 4:35.76 in the men's 500-yard freestyle coming in tenth place.
Kylee Conrad posted a new personal-best time in the 500-yard freestyle final event (5:02.51), placing 18th overall in the competition. Max Cannon (4:40.18) also posted a new personal best time in the 500-yard freestyle event, good for 17th overall in his grouping. A personal best was also set by Izaak Hajek (21.74) in the 50-yard freestyle.
The Cougars will prepare to wrap up their events at the Mizzou Invite on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Preliminary rounds will begin again at 9:30 a.m. CDT, with the concluding final events taking place at 5:30 p.m. CDT. BYU will hope to build on their performance Thursday as they prepare for day two of the Utah Tech Invite. Preliminary rounds will begin again at 10:00 a.m. MDT, with the final rounds beginning in the early evening at 5:00 p.m. MDT.
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