By Quinn Horner
The Air Force men’s swimming and diving team won five events, but fell to Denver, 165-135, at the El Pomar Natatorium Friday, Oct. 20, in Denver, Colo.
Before swimming began, the divers won both of their events. Senior Nicholas Piontek won the 1m and took second on 3m, while newcomer Cole Armagost won his first collegiate event on 3m and placed third on 1m. Erich Drollinger dove for a third-place finish on 3m and fourth on 3m. Rounding out the foursome representing Air Force, Kevin Lecours placed fourth on 3m and sixth on 1m.
Other highlights of the night included impressive wins in the breaststroke events by sophomore Zach Nelson. Nelson won the 100 breaststroke in 58.29 and 200 breast in 2:06.55. Freshman Ben Settle earned the first collegiate win of his career in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.49.
“It was a tough night for us,” according to head coach Rob Clayton. “We actually had some fast swims, Denver was just faster and they handed us a loss. The divers were outstanding and did a fantastic job. Overall we did some really good things, but we need to get a lot better if we’re going to be the team we want, and are capable of being. It’s a long season and it continues tomorrow. We’re excited to get home and compete in our home opener against Mesa and Mines.”
The Air Force men and women will host Colorado Mesa University and Colorado School of Mines at the Cadet Natatorium tomorrow at 1 pm MST. Live streaming will be available using the following link: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/videos/live.html
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