Cougars fall to Utah in Deseret first Duel
Salt Lake City – The BYU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams lost a hard-fought meet to the University of Utah Saturday night at the Ute Natatorium. The women lost 181-117 and the men lost 155-145.
“Congratulations to the University of Utah tonight,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “They swam some fast times tonight. I’m proud of the way we fought and the effort we put forth. Our relay teams swam very well tonight. ”
Both the men and the women won the first event of the night. The women’s 200 IM relay team of Hailey Campbell, Kassandra Bispo, Kimberly Welch Doroghian and Alexandria Sorensen took first with a time of 1:44.38. On the men’s side, the Cougars took first and second place. The team of Preston Jenkins, Brady Wells, David Armstrong and Brent Murray took first with a time of 1:30.94 and the team of Jordan Fletcher, Andrew Rutherfurd, Garret Beaman and Payton Sorenson took second with a time of 1:32.10.
Jenkins won the 100 back with a time of 50.37 and Fletcher took third with a time of 51.97. Londyn Clawson took second with a time of 58.28 and Campbell took fourth with a time of 58.51.
The men swept the top three spots in the 100 breast. Wells took first with a time of 58.38, Rutherfurd took second with a time of 58.44 and Gregory Ballif finished third with a time of 59.23. Bispo took second with a time of 1:04.83 and Mallory Harris took fourth with a time of 1:08.08.
Doroghian got her second victory of the night in the 200 fly. She touched the wall with a time of 2:05.11. Hayden Palmer was the top finisher on the men’s side and he finished with a time of 1:55.57 for third place.
In the fastest event of the night, Murray and Beaman took first and second in the 50 free. Murray won in a time of 21.03 with Beaman finishing just a hundredth of a second behind with a time of 20.04. For the women, Sorensen finished in second place with a time of 24.24 and Taryn Toolson Lewis took fourth with a time of 24.42.
Across the deck in the dive pool, Dayna Christensen and Raleigh Williams Taylor took second and third place in the 1-m. Christensen scored 258.82 and Taylor scored 255.37. For the men, David Corless was the top finisher. He took fourth place with a score of 284.17. In the 3-m, Christensen, Taylor and Mackenzie Rands swept the top three spots with scores of 288.75, 288.67 and 265.27 respectively. Nicholas Suder was the highest finisher for the men. He took third place with a score of 323.10.
After the break, Beaman and Murray swept the top two spots in the 100 free. Beaman took first with a time of 46.67 and Murray took second with a time of 46.69.
In the 200 breast, Palmer and Rutherfurd took first and second. Palmer finished with a time of 2:08.94 and Rutherfurd finished with a time of 2:09.12. Clawson and Bispo took second and third for the women. Clawson finished with a time of 2:21.10 and Bispo finished with a time of 2:26.90.
The men and the women swam a very close 100 fly. Doroghian took second by one one-hundreths of a second with a time of 56.59 and Armstrong took second with a time of 50.78.
The last event of the night was the 400 free. The women took second through fourth with the team of Campbell, Sorensen, Doroghian and Andrea Grant taking second with a time of 3:34.57. The men’s team of Jenkins, Samuel Bates, Beaman and Murray took first with a time of 3:03.05.
The women’s team is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 15 against Boise State at noon MST at the Boise-West Family YMCA. This was the last men’s meet until next year. Both teams will have their annual training camp in Provo starting Dec. 27.
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