Zillweger Is One-Meter Springboard Champion at WAC S&D Championships
Sophomore Nathaniel Zillweger.

Feb. 27, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Air Force men's swimming & diving remains in third place after day two action at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship Thursday, at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. Sophomore Nathaniel Zillweger led the way with Air Force's first-ever conference 1-meter springboard title.

The Falcons sit in third place with 241 points. UNLV leads the championships with 274 points.

Zillweger became Air Force's first-ever conference champion in the 1-meter springboard and first diving champion since Kyle Van Valkenburg won the Mountain West platform title in 2009. Zillweger scored 334.80 points in the finals, edging out teammate, sophomore Dominic Vallejo, who placed second with 330.10 points.

Air Force was very strong in the 1-meter diving overall, claiming three of the top seven spots. Freshman A.J. Eckebrecht placed seventh with 269.75 points.

Air Force also had three swims that are now top-three times in the Falcon record books.

Freshman Andrew Facizewski placed third in the 500 free. His time of 4:22.83 is the third-fastest mark in school history.

Sophomore Michael Barnosky placed ninth in the 200 individual medley. His time of 1:48.48 is the second-fastest time in school history.

Junior Ryan Dunne took seventh in the 50 free. His time of 20.13 is the third-fastest in school history. Sophomore George Frank also had a school top 10 time in the 50 free. His prelim time of 20.53 is the ninth-fastest in Academy history.

Air Force also set its second relay record so far during the championships. The Falcons took fourth place in the 200 free relay. The group of Dunne, Paul Leonhardt, Angus MacDonald and Frank swam a record time of 1:20.29, breaking a 15-year old school record. The previous record of 1:20.94 was set back in 1999.

Competition resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. with day three of the four-day championships. Friday features five individual swimming events, the 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. In addition, the platform diving and the 400 medley relay will conclude action Friday.



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