COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Air Force men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept a multi-team meet on Saturday, Jan. 13, held at the Colorado College Aquatics Complex in Colorado Springs.
The men’s team (9-2 overall) defeated Incarnate Word (137.0-90.0) and conference rival Seattle (174-0-46.0). The women’s team (10-6 overall) also defeated Incarnate Word (139.0-100.0) and Seattle (166.0-61.0).
On the men’s side, junior Steffen Mount and sophomore Cole McAany each won two events. Mount won the 200 free (1:42.47) and the 100 free (45.36). McAnany won the 50 free (21.03) and 200 back (1:52.35). Senior Derek Brecht won the 200 IM (1:54.21).
A pair of sophomores finished first and second in the 200 breast stroke as Zach Nelson won (2:07.37) and Andrew Weiss was second (2:10.31). In the 1000 free, junior Collin Green placed second (9:57.04) while senior Garrett Glaudini was third (10:06.15). In the 500 free, Glaudini was second (4:48.01) and Green was third (5:52.50)
Senior Lars Knutson was third in the 50 free (21.35) while freshman Ben Settle was third in the 200 back (1:53.03)
In the 200 free, sophomore Ben Brockman was second (1:42.81) while freshman Daniel Keith was third (1:42.94). Brockman was second in the 200 fly (1:56.13) and Kyle Bundesmann was third (1:56.72). Senior Michael Hannigan was second in the 100 free (46.42).
In the final men’s event of the day, the 400 free relay team of Mount, Brockman, Keith and Hannigan won with a time of 3:04.56).
“This was a very good meet for us after having not raced for a long time and then going hard on back-to-back days,” head coach Rob Clayton. “Cole McAnany had an outstanding weekend. We had some freshmen that had some good swims too. Steffen Mount was outstanding as usual. Zach Nelson in the breast stroke and Derek Brecht in the IM really took charge. We are really excited to go out to UNLV next week. I want to say thank you to Colorado College for helping us out and hosting our meets since our pool is being repaired. We really appreciate it.”
On the women’s side, the Falcons took the top two spots in the 1000 free as junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl won (10:59.33) and sophomore Jayden Glover was second (11:00.22). Junior Gaby Miller won the 200 free (1:57.53) while sophomore Autumn Wolfgramm was second (1:57.81)
Senior Jinan Andrews won the 200 IM (2:09.72) while sophomore Lydia Knutson won the 50 free (24.07)
Air Force took the top two spots in the 200 fly as freshman Jessie Wierzbicki won (2:08.76) and Glover was second (2:13.69)
In the 200 back, the Falcons took two of the top three spots as freshman Kylie Stronko was second (2:08.64) and freshman Lexie Duchene was third (2:10.90). Duchene was also third in the 200 IM (2:13.20)
In the 500 free, sophomore Kelsey Linzmeyer was second (5:24.16) and Brechbuhl was third (5:25.81).
“The team did an amazing job of coming back for a second day of fast racing,” head coach Colleen Murphy said. “Just like at a conference championship, we made sure to start strong and keep the momentum going through the two-day meet. I am very happy with where we are at right now with five weeks left until the Mountain West Championships.”
Both the men’s and women’s teams travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for a dual meet against UNLV on Jan. 20.