Air Force Takes Care of Colorado College, Simon Fraser in Saturday Tri-Meet

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, October 19. THE Air Force Academy men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams emerged from a tri-meet against Colorado College and Simon Fraser with victories in all four of their dual meets Saturday afternoon.

Air Force Press Release

Air Force swimming & diving combined to go 4-0 in head-to-head competition Saturday afternoon at the Cadet Natatorium. The Falcons earned wins over the Colorado College and Simon Fraser (Canada). The Falcon men’s and women’s teams combined to go 11-0 over the weekend.

The Falcon women improved to 7-0 on the season, defeating Colorado College 178-49 and Simon Fraser 145-88. The men improved to 6-1, defeating Colorado College 155-48 and Simon Fraser 144-81.

Air Force combined to take first place overall in 21 of 26 events.

The Falcon men earned 11 first place finishes. Air Force won both relay and diving events, in addition to the 50, 200, 500 and 1000 free events and the 200 medley, 200 fly and 200 breast events.

Sophomore Dominic Vallejo dominated the diving events, winning the 1-meter with 358.65 points and the 3-meter with 324.90 points. Sophomore George Frank won the 50 free with a time of 21.23. Sophomore Robert Graves won the 200 free with a time of 1:44.01 and the 500 free with a time of 4:54.12. Freshman Andrew Facizewski won the 1000 free with a time of 9:55.56.

Junior Ryan Dunne won the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.64. Sophomore Sean Ledford won the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.15. Sophomore Michael Barnosky won the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.84.

In the relay events, Kristopher Tillery, Barnosky, Dunne and Jordan Dahle swam a winning time of 3:26.76 in the 400 medley relay. The group of Dunne, Dahle, Jackson Locke and Micah Newmann won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:25.22.

The Falcon women won 10 events. The women won the 100, 200, 500 and 1000 free events, along with the 200 medley, 200 back, 200 breast, both diving events and the 200 free relay.

Junior Kim Davis and freshman Genevieve Miller won two individual events each to lead the way. Davis won the 100 free (52.74) and 200 breast (2:24.45) and Miller won the 200 free (1:55.54) and 1000 free (10:40.96).

Sophomore Sara Menke won the 500 free with a time of 5:19.46. Sophomore Maddy Huttner won the 200 IM with a time of 2:12.18. Senior Sam Laughlin won the 200 back with a time of 2:05.94. In the diving events, sophomore Summer Getty won the 1-meter with 257.18 points and junior Lainie Long won the 3-meter with 273.15 points. In the 200 free relay, the group of Hannah Cesare, Huttner, Laughlin and Gabby Aranda swam a winning time of 1:38.53.

The Falcons return to action Friday, Oct. 25, as both teams host Notre Dame.

Colorado College Press Release

While it may not have been quite as fun as Friday’s exciting victory over Western State, Saturday’s competition at the Air Force Dual Meet Invitational certainly provided more excellent preparation for Colorado College’s Division III schedule that lies ahead.

The tired Tigers dropped a pair of NCAA inter-divisional dual decisions to meet host AFA (178-49) and Simon Fraser University (165-64), but got several more encouraging results heading into next week’s trip to California.

“Today presented quite a challenge for us, meeting two strong Division I teams,” said head coach Anne Goodman James. “We had a hard time matching yesterday’s times, which is not a surprise this early in our training.”

Highest individual finish of the day came in the 500-yard freestyle, where junior Emma Holmes claimed fourth place with a clocking of 6:03.72.

Sophomore Becca Adams, who helped the 200 free relay team post a fourth-place 1:47.68, also turned in a solid individual effort of 2:50.29 in the 200-yard breaststroke for one of CC’s highlights. Classmate Olivia Dilorati, meanwhile, posted a very respectable 2:30.10 in her 200-yard butterfly debut to finish right behind Meagan Gillespie’s 2:26.40 in that event. Dilorati, who won three races a night earlier, also took sixth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:27.53.

Senior Molly Brown finished right behind Adams in the 200 breaststroke, with a 2:53.74.

In their first competition of the 2013-14 season on Saturday, the Colorado College men posted a number of impressive results in their NCAA inter-divisional matchups.

Team-wise, the Division III Big Cats came up short as expected against host Air Force (155-58) and Simon Fraser University (156-48) at the AFA Dual Meet Invitational ay the academy’s pool.

But strong diving efforts by junior Austin Howlett, along with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, provided some encouraging highlights as CC warmed up for next week’s road trip to California for more duals with UC Santa Cruz and Mills College.

Howlett finished third on the one-meter board, with 252.53 points, as well as fourth on the three-meter board, with 250.28.

Senior Grant Rice, meanwhile, took fourth in the grueling 500-yard freestyle, clocking in at 6:19.88 while classmate Michael Bennett mirrored the feat with a 51.57 effort in the 100 free to touch just ahead of junior Brian Kopec, who claimed fifth in 52.37 seconds.

Chris Garrity, another junior, took fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with an impressive 22.71 as well as fifth in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:13.68, and senior Kaleb Roush fifth in the 200 IM at 2:14.86. Garrity also led off the medley relay with a nice split in the backstroke. Freshman Oliver Ward was solid in the sprints.

Simon Fraser Press Release

The Simon Fraser University men’s and women’s swim teams each defeated Colorado College in dual meet action on Saturday while dropping the decision to Division I Air Force.

The men defeated Colorado College 156-48 and lost to Air Force 144-81 while the women defeated Colorado College 165-64 and lost 145-88 to Air Force.

Much like Friday, the Clan started the day with a win in a relay as the Clan’s 400-yard medley relay team of Grace Ni (Prince George, BC), Brianna Bailey (Red Deer, AB), Lauren Swistak (Port Moody, BC) and Nicole Cossey (Innisfail, AB) won in a time of 3:57.03.

The men’s team followed the women’s performance by taking second and fourth place in their 400-yard medley relay as Hans Heyer (Frankfurt, Germany), Julian Monks (Whitby, ON), Ciaran McDonnell (Pitt Meadows, BC) and Justin Kiedrzyn (New Westminster, BC) in a time of 3:28.53 and while Dimitar Ivanov (Coquitlam, BC), Lucas Greenough (Barrie, ON), Keenan Elliot (Barrie, ON) and Igor Gasovic-Varga (New Westminster, BC) came fourth in a time of 3:35.20.

In the women’s 1000-yard freestyle, Meghan Quon (Richmond, BC) and Claudia Mathieu (Toronto, ON) finished second and third in times of 11:12.99 and 11:15.53 respectively.

Alex Schofield (Coquitlam, BC) finished third and Carmen Nam (Hong Kong, China) finished fifth in the women’s 200-yard freestyle in times of 1:57.43 and 2:03.17 which was followed by Ivanov and Gasovic-Varga placing third and fifth in the men’s race in times of 1:48.74 and 1:49.13.

Cossey then won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 24.29, a race in which Katrina Sharpe (Edmonton, AB) finished fifth.

In the men’s 50-yard freestyle, Heyer and Brandon Bronson (Oshawa, ON) finished second and third respectively in times of 21.45 and 22.46.

Katie McEvoy (Victoria, BC) and Bailey finished third and fourth in the women’s 200-yard individual medley in times of 2:15.92 and 2:21.56 before Greenough, Elliott, and Alexandre Duguay (Montreal, QC) took second, third and fourth on the men’s side in times of 2:01.85, 2:03.51 and 2:05.95.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Clan women finished first and second as Swistak won in a time of 2:09.65 and Nam finished second in 2:10.96. The men finished second, third and fourth with McDonnell taking second in 1:57.52, Kiedrzyn third in 2:00.58 and Jordan Morford (Maple Ridge, BC) fourth with a time of 2:03.81.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Schofield finished second in the women’s race in a time of 54.31 while Heyer took the men’s race in a time of 47.21 and Duguay finished third in a time of 49.73.

Ni, Mathieu, and Carly Guraliuk (Surrey, BC) finished second, third and fourth in the women’s 200-yard backstroke in times of 2:09.28, 2:15.22 and 2:16.06 before Ivanov and Bronson finished first and third on the men’s side, in times of 1:56.23 and 1:57.90.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Clan women finished second and third as Quon took second in 5:30.33 and Nam finished third in 5:36.93 while Gasovic-Varga finished second on the men’s side in 4:56.59 and Duncan Andrews (Barrie, ON) finished third in 4:59.70.

In the final individual race of the day, the 200-yard breaststroke, McEvoy and Bailey finished second and third for the Clan women in times of 2:32.29 and 2:32.30, finishing neck and neck. On the men’s side, Monks, Greenough and Elliott finished second third and fourth in times of 2:09.72, 2:16.37 and 2:17.32.

The competition ended with the 200-yard freestyle relay as Clan teams took second and third on the women’s side in times of 1:38.65 and 1:44.13 while the Clan finished second on the men’s side in 1:27.89.

In the diving competition, Elizabeth Durward (Victoria, BC) finished fourth in both the 1-metre and 4-metre competitions, with scores of 216.45 and 211.65.

The Clan men’s and women’s swim teams will be back in action on October 26 at the BC Senior Circuit in Victoria, BC.

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