GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado, October 12. THE Intermountain Shootout, hosted by Colorado Mesa University, kicked off last night in Grand Junction, as swimmers from Colorado State, BYU and Air Force dominated the first night of competition.
In the opening 200 medley relay, Colorado State edged BYU by just .03, winning in 1:45.76, just a second off the pool record. BYU took second and third in times of 1:45.79 and 1:48.25. BYU countered in the men's medley by finishing first and second in times of 1:31.85 and 1:34.11, respectively. Air Force picked up third in 1:34.26.
BYU showcased its depth in the women's 200 free, sweeping the top four spots. Valerie McMullan distanced herself from the competition, touching in 1:52.79, nearly two seconds ahead of teammate Kim Doroghian (1:54.70). Andrea Grant touched right behind in 1:54.85. BYU's Rainer Ng held off teammate Stott Bushnell to win the men's 200 free in 1:41.56, with Bushnell touching in 1:42.70. Air Force's Ryan Dunne snuck into third with a 1:43.19.
Jessica Ampuero kept the ball rolling for the Cougars, outlasting the field in the women's 400 IM with a 4:36.77. Colorado Mesa's Miranda Reetz held on for second in 4:40.87, while BYU's Riley Buer claimed third (4:41.79). Hayden Palmer led the men's 400 IM from start to finish, giving BYU yet another victory with a solid 4:04.25. The Cougars swept the top three spots with Rafa Alfaro (4:09.08) and Stephen Richards (4:09.93) taking second and third.
CSU rebounded in the women's 100 breast, overwhelming the field and placing four swimmers in the top five. Cristina Bassani led the way in 1:05.59, with Tess Simpson in second at 1:06.34. Megan Lloyd rounded out the top three in 1:07.48. BYU's Chad Sorensen led four swimmer's under the 1:00 mark in the men's 100 breast, as he stopped the touchpads in 57.55. Air Force's Michael Barnosky (57.74) and BYU's Andrew Rutherford (58.55) rounded out the top three.
In the women's 50 free, BYU's Alexandria Sorensen just touched out CSU's Katie Polich for the win, 24.14 to 24.20. CSU's Karin Roh and BYU's Andrea Grant posted matching 24.53s for third. In the men's 50 free, BYU's Jordan Fletcher separated himself from the field to win convincingly in 20.49, ahead of Air Force's Ryan Dunne (20.81). Brent Murry of BYU slipped in for third at 21.14.
Two swimmers smashed the pool record in the following event, the women's 100 back. Hailey Campbell of BYU will officially get the record, as her 55.79 was way under Jaclyn McMillen's 57.18 from 2011. CSU's Yana Garvey also swam under the record with a 56.69 for second. BYU's Lauren Shaw placed third in the event in 58.51. Rainer Ng, who won the men's 200 free earlier in the night, posted a strong early-season swim in the men's 100 back as the only swimmer in the field to break 50 seconds. Ng posted a 49.71 to easily outpace teammate Jake Taylor (51.26) and Mesa's Justin Hastings (51.96).
Individual 50 yard races of the other three strokes were offered at the meet, and BYU's Kim Doroghian took full advantage, capturing the 50 fly in 25.41. Teammate Alexandria Sorensen placed second in 25.76, while CSU's Yana Garvey was the only other swimmer under 26 with a 25.96 for third. Air Force's Ryan Dunne picked up another top three finish on the night with a 22.67 in the men's 50 fly, just edging BYU's Lucas Aquino's 22.71. BYU's Jordan Fletcher posted a 23.17 for third.
Colorado State's Madeline Mastrup closed out the evening with a dominating performance in the 1,650 free. Mastrup won by nearly 25 seconds, finishing in 17:46.33. BYU's Camille Okelberry finished a distant second in 18:10.38, while CSU's Gabby Morley took third in 18:14.10. Air Force's Kevin Jackson brought home the men's mile in 16:36.09, followed by teammates Andrew Faciszewski (16:43.13) and Alex Strom (16:52.18).
CSU's Paige Greely (287.55 points) and Colorado Mesa's Brock Martin (297.75) topped the women's 3-meter and men's 1-meter diving events, respectively. The meet, which is unscored, resumes this morning.