March 1, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas- Air Force men’s swimming & diving finished in third place at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday, at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. Highlighting the action was a pair of school records set for the Falcons.
The Falcons took third place with 625 points. UNLV won the 2014 WAC title with 767 points, while Wyoming was second with 702 points. Air Force’s third place finish was its second-best as a member of the WAC conference (member from 1981-1998 and 2013-14).
Air Force set two school records in the final event of the night, the 400 yard free relay. The group of Ryan Dunne, Paul Leonhardt, Angus MacDonald and George Frank set a school record with a time of 2:56.96. The group surpassed the previous school record of 2:58.11 set earlier this season.
Dunne also set the school record in the 100 free, for the second time, leading off the relay group. His 100 split of 43.50 surpassed the record he set earlier in the 100 free finals of 43.63. The previous record was 43.79, let by Charlie Toth in 2001.
Air Force had swimmers in the championship finals of every event.
In the 200 back, sophomore Matthew Walls and MacDonald took sixth and eighth. Walls’ prelim time of 1:46.97 is the fifth-fastest in school history. MacDonald’s prelim time of 1:47.28 is eighth fastest.
In the 100 free, Dunne took seventh and Frank placed 16th. Frank’s prelim time of 45.16 is ninth-fastest school time.
In the 200 breast, sophomore Michael Barnosky took sixth. His finals time of 1:59.69 was a season best.
Sophomore Sean Ledford placed eighth in the 200 fly. His prelim time of 1:48.56 was sixth-fastest in school history.
The Falcons swam well in the 1650 free, taking three of the top six spots. Freshman Andrew Facizewski was the runner-up with a time of 15:15.35, which is now third all-time at the Academy. His 1000 yard split of 9:12.71 is also third at Air Force.
On the week, Air Force set six school records (100 free, 100 breast). The Falcons set four of five relay records (200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, 400 medley). Air Force also had the 1-meter (Nathaniel Zillweger) and platform diving (Dominic Vallejo) champions. The Falcons had 25 swims crack the school top 10 list.