Air Force Men's Swimming & Diving Downs BYU

    Senior Robert Dawson.
    Senior Robert Dawson.

    Jan. 21, 2011

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    PROVO, Utah - The Air Force swimming & diving teams split its dual meet at BYU Thursday night at the Richards Building Pool. The Falcon men's team (10-5, 1-2) defeated the Cougars, 155-145, while the women's team (2-8, 0-6) was downed 190-102.

    It was Air Force's second-consecutive and second-ever win over BYU under head coach Rob Clayton.

    The Falcon men took first place in eight events, led by a pair of wins by senior Robert Dawson and freshman Paul Leonhardt. Dawson took first place in both the 50 yard (tying with teammate Cole Smith with a time of 21.25) and 100 freestyle (46.96) events. Leonhardt won the 200 free (1:42.08) and 100 butterfly (51.19).

    Air Force also got wins by junior Cody Deacon in the 100 breaststroke (57.03), senior Eric Robinson in the 200 fly (1:55.37) and junior Corydon Butler in the 500 free (4:40.57). Air Force also opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. The group of Benjamin Gunn, Deacon, Leonhardt and Smith combined to swim a time of 1:31.68.

    The Falcons dominated the 100 free and 200 fly, taking the top three spots in both events. Freshman Peter Cialkowski was Air Force's top diver, placing third in the 1m springboard (255.38) and fourth in the 3m (244.73).

    The AFA women were led by freshman Erin Bleyl and Samantha Laughlin. Bleyl had wins in the 200 free (tied for first with a time of 1:54.22) and 500 free (5:10.47).

    The Falcons had nine second place finishes, led by Laughlin in the 100 and 200 back events. Laughlin swam the seventh-fastest time in school history in the 200 back, clocking in at 2:06.56. She also swam a time of 58.67 in the 100 back.

    Fellow freshman Gabby Aranda also swam well for the Falcons, placing second in the 100 fly (58.67) and 200 individual medley (2:12.93). Sophomore Haley Holcombe took second in the 200 fly with a season-best time of 2:08.79.

    Air Force also got second place swims out of junior Cassie Fletcher in the 50 free (24.81), freshman Hannah Cesare in the 100 free (54.32) and sophomore Katrina Castellanos in the 200 breast (2:25.71).

    The Falcons also capped the meet with a second place swim in the 200 free relay. The group of Fletcher, Alison Ceranski, Laughlin and Cesare swam a time of 1:39.92. Freshman Moranda Hern was the Falcons' top diver, placing fourth in the 3m springboard (215.55) and fifth in the 1m (197.55).

    The Falcons return to action Saturday, Jan. 22, at Utah.

     

     

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