by Quinn Horner
The Air Force men’s swimming and diving team returned to the Western Athletic Conference Championship in Houston, Texas as the two-time reigning champions with the goal of defending their title for a third win. The first day of competition consisted of three events: the 200 medley relay, 3- meter diving, and the 800 free relay.
Opening the night for the Falcons was the second-seeded 200 medley relay with sophomores Cole McAnany and Zach Nelson and seniors Joey Gebhart and Lars Knutson. Swimming the fastest relay time of the season, they captured silver with a time of 1:27.41.
In the 800 free relay, junior Steffen Mount, sophomore Ben Brockman, freshman Daniel Keith, and senior Michael Hannigan swam for a fourth-place finish and bested the school’s season record by 5.5 seconds with a time of 6:31.98.
Divers, freshman Cole Armagost and senior Nicholas Piontek, closed the night in finals on the 3-meter springboard. Armagost placed fifth with 300.78 while Piontek was seventh with 262.15. Armagost’s score was the highest the Falcons have posted on 3-meter this season. Sophomore Kevin Lecours took 10th overall in the second flight of divers (248.40), while senior Erich Drollinger was 11th (235.20).
At the close of Day 1, Wyoming is in first place with 121 points while Air Force is second with 103 and Grand Canyon is third with 100.
“We were sensational in the medley relay,” Clayton said. “The guys put together four great swims and it showed.” Clayton added, “Our 800 free relay was a little rough, but we hung in there for fourth place. Divers did a really nice job scoring two in finals and two in prelims. We get moving tomorrow when the individual events start in the morning. It should be a very good day for us and we’re excited at where we stand. We’re looking forward to some great racing.”
Competition resumes tomorrow at the University of Houston Aquatics Center with the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 1 meter diving, and 200 free relay. Swimming prelims start at 10:30 AM CST, while diving starts at 12:30 PM CST. Finals for both sports begin at 6:00 PM CST. Coverage for the meet is available via live streaming using the following link: