Jan. 16, 2009
USAFA, Colo. - Despite several strong performances, the Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams were swept by UNLV Friday evening at Cadet Natatorium. The Falcon men dropped a 177-123 decision to the Rebels, while the women fell, 161-124.
The Air Force men started out the meet with a big win, as the 200 medley relay team of Kai Yamashiro (Sr., Kaneohe, Hawaii), Justin Day (Sr., Peyton, Colo.), Chris Morin (Jr., Crown Point, Ind.) and Robert Dawson (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) out-touched UNLV's top two relay teams, clocking in at 1:32.05.
Yamashiro recorded the first individual win for the Falcons, capturing the 100 backstroke in a season-best time of 51.08. Yamashiro finished ahead of the Rebels' Nick Blank, who holds the MWC's fastest time in the event this season. Meanwhile, Day gave the Falcons their second-straight individual win, clocking a season-best mark of 56.50 to take first place in the 100 breaststroke, before finishing third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.22.
Sophomore Benjamin Gunn (Gainesville, Ga.) added the final individual victory for the Air Force swimmers, clocking in at 1:56.10 in the 200 IM to win the event. Gunn also registered second-place finishes in the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke with identical marks of 1:53.47.
Bryan Avery (Sr., Mililani, Hawaii) turned in a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:43.13, while Dawson scored a pair of second-place finishes, coming in as the runner-up in both the 50 free and the 100 free, finishing ahead of three of the top five sprinters in the Mountain West Conference.
Junior Kyle Van Valkenburg (Tucson, Ariz.) swept the men's diving events to lead the Falcons, winning the 1-meter with a score of 314.25, while finishing first at 3-meters with a mark of 292.05. Randy Rogers (Sr., Fort Worth, Texas) was the runner-up at 1-meter, scoring a season-best 303.45, while junior David Arlington (Eagle River, Alaska) completed the event sweep, turning in a score of 293.63 to take third place. Arlington also added a third-place showing in the 3-meter springboard with a score of 279.07.
On the women's side, senior Jane Hwang (Irvine, Calif.) was the top performer for the Falcons, finishing second in the 100 freestyle and posting the second-fastest mark in the 200 IM. Also posting a second-place finish was freshman Katharine Ernst (Folsom, Calif.), who was the runner-up in the 200 butterfly, notching a season-best 2:10.81, while swimming the second-best time in the 100 fly.
Sophomore Betsy Scarberry (Fairborn, Ohio) turned in the third-fastest time in both the 500 free and 1000 free, while Laken Stogner (Sr., Bowdon, Ga.) and Alison Ceranski (Fr., Marinette, Wis.) also record top-three finishes. Stogner took third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.52, while Ceranski placed third in the 50 free with a mark of 24.77.
For the divers, Lauren Shetley (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.) led the way with a second-place showing at 1-meter, turning in a mark of 261.67. Meanwhile, senior Ashleigh Peck (Beaver Falls, Pa.) was Air Force's top performer in the 3-meter dive, finishing third with a score of 234.37.
The Falcons are back in action tomorrow, Jan. 17, as they host the Denver men's and women's teams and the women's team from Northern Colorado. The meet is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Cadet Natatorium.