By Quinn Horner
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force men’s swimming and diving team resumed their season in the New Year by winning a pair of duals against Incarnate Word and conference rival, Seattle University, Friday, January 12, at Colorado College’s Schlessman Natatorium. Scored as the first day of a dual meet against each team, the Falcons led Incarnate Word (138.0-97.0) and Seattle (162.0-58.0). The event format consisted of 24 swimming and two springboard diving events, with Air Force winning all but four races.
Opening the meet with a new pool record, Air Force’s 200 medley relay, consisting of sophomore Cole McAnany, senior Derek Brecht, senior Joey Gebhart, and senior Lars Knutson, took first place with a time of 1:31.91. In the first of many outstanding swims for McAnany, his lead off on the relay was his fastest 50 backstroke to-date. Fourth place went to the Falcon ‘B’ Relay (1:35.77) made up of freshman Ben Settle, sophomore Zach Nelson, freshman Jack Ayres, and freshman Erik Orr.
In the first three freestyle events of the meet, junior Collin Green (10:07.54) placed second and senior Garret Glaudini (10:10.71) swam for a third place finish in the 1000 freestyle. Sophomore Ben Brockman won the 200 freestyle in 1:42.06 followed closely by senior Michael Hannigan in second (1:42.23) and freshman Daniel Keith in fourth (1:44.9). In the 50 freestyle, McAnany (20.81) edged a win over teammate, junior Steffan Mount (20.82), by one one-hundredth of a second, with Ayres (21.60) bringing in a fifth place finish.
Sophomore Kyle Bundesmann won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:07.06, followed by fourth place finisher Nelson (4:18.74), Green in fifth (4:19.31), and Glaudini for sixth place overall (4:19.36). Narrowly missing a pool record, Mount took first in the 100 fly (49.84) alongside teammates Gebhart in 51.04 (3rd), Ayers in 52.91 (10th), and freshman Andres Frausto in 53.51 (12th). Another win for the Falcons was claimed in the 100 freestyle by Knutson (46.20), while Hannigan was fourth (46.82), Orr in sixth (47.96), and Jake Allen for ninth (48.90). Leading the charge with another pool record, McAnany swam for a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.69 in an event that included Keith (4th, 53.32), Settle (5th, 53.99), and freshman Thomas Durocher (7th, 54.68).
In the 500 freestyle, Air Force’s Brockman captured third (4:52.89), Green was fourth (4:53.88), Glaudini took fifth (4:57.30), freshman Vinny Vivadelli was seventh (4:57.60). Winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.80, Nelson was the sole Falcon swimmer eligible to score points in the event. The last win of the night went to the AFA 200 freestyle ‘A’ relay with a time of 1:24.21 swam by Mount, Brockman, Keith, and Hannigan. The Falcon ‘B’ relay to include Vivadelli, Klein, Bundesmann, and Allen, swam for fifth (1:29.46).
On the diving side, freshman Cole Armagost led the Falcons with a second place finish on 1 meter springboard. Demonstrating the depth of the men’s diving, sophomore Kevin Lecours was third, freshman Jack Zocher took fourth, freshman Richard Miles was sixth, and sophomore Patrick Lagator was seventh. On three meter, LeCours and Armagost tied for second place followed by senior Erich Drollinger (4th), Zocher (5th), Lagator (6th), and Miles (8th).
According to head coach Rob Clayton, “This was a good start to our second semester and it was nice to be racing again after a long spell of training. The star of the day was Cole McAnany and his breakout performance tonight was brilliant. With a couple pool records and some narrow misses, we’re excited for how the meet went tonight. We’ll see the same teams tomorrow with some new events and we’re looking forward to Day 2.”
The Falcons return to Colorado College against Incarnate Word and Seattle University, Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 am.