Vallejo Is Platform Diving Champion at WAC S&D Championships
Sophomore Dominic Vallejo.

Feb. 28, 2014

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Air Force men's swimming & diving remains in third place after day three action at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship Friday, at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. Sophomore Dominic Vallejo led the way with platform diving title.

The Falcons sit in third place with 470 points. UNLV leads the championships with 545 points.

Vallejo gave Air Force its second diving title in as many days, winning the platform with 316.55 points. Sophomore Nathaniel Zillweger won the 1-meter springboard diving yesterday. Vallejo earns his first-career diving title and is the first Falcon to win a platform title since Kyle Van Valkenburg won the Mountain West platform title in 2009.

Air Force claimed four of the top five spots in the platform as senior Alex Pecci followed in third, Zillweger took fourth and freshman A.J. Eckebrecht took fifth.

The Falcons also set two school records on the day. Sophomore Michael Barnosky set the school record in the 100 yard breaststroke and the 400 medley relay set a school record.

Barnosky took third in the 100 breast with a finals time of 53.54. His prelim time of 53.52 broke the previous record of 53.87 set by Justin Day in 2009.

Air Force also had a third place finish by senior Angus MacDonald in the 100 back. MacDonald swam a time of 48.99.

In the 100 fly, junior Ryan Dunne swam the second-fastest time in school history. Dunne took fourth with a finals time of 47.95.

In the 400 individual medley, freshman Andrew Facizewski took fifth. His time of 3:55.14 is the fourth-fastest in school history.

Air Force also had a school top 10 time in the 200 free. Sophomore George Frank placed 12th. His prelim time of 1:38.77 is the eighth-fastest Academy time.

Freshman Devon Davis also swam a pair of Academy top 10 times. His 100 fly time of 49.13 is 10th fastest and his 100 back time 49.08, where he took fourth, is the fifth-fastest.

The Falcons set their third relay record on the week in the 400 medley relay. The group of MacDonald, Barnosky, Paul Leonhardt and Dunne swam a record time of 3:12.95, surpassing the previous record of 3:14.12 set earlier this season.

Competition resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. with day four of the four-day championships. Saturday features five individual swimming events, the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free. The meet concludes with the 400 free relay.



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