U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force men's swimming and diving team opened their first home meet of the season by defeating Colorado School of Mines (178-56) and Colorado Mesa (150-91), Saturday, October 21 at the Cadet Natatorium. With the wins, the Falcons improved their overall win record to 4-1.
The Falcons won all but two events with several freshmen won the first collegiate events of their careers. Eric Orr dominated both the 100 freestyle (47.40) and 200 freestyle (1:43.67). Jake Allen won the 200 IM in 1:58.92, while Matt Serra earned his first-place finish in the 100 butterfly (50.32). Adding to their previous collegiate wins so far this year, Ben Settle swam for first in the 100 backstroke (53.06), Peter Lochmaier posted the fastest time in the 1000 freestyle in 10:01.97, and diver Cole Armagost won the 1 meter springboard (293.25).
Falcon veterans also swam to their own first-place finishes. Sophomore Cole McAnany won the 50 free in 20.87. In the 100 breaststroke, Air Force earned the top three finishes led by senior Derek Brecht (58.23), senior Lars Knutson (58.57), and sophomore Andrew Weiss (59.13).
The 200 medley relay, made up of freshmen Daniel Keith, Jack Ayers, Serra, and senior Knutson, opened the meet with a victory in a time of 1:34.67. Consisting of all freshmen (Orr, Vinny Vivadelli, Settle, and Ryan Klein), the men’s 200 free relay closed the meet with a second-place finish in 1:26.90.
“This was a great day for some of our younger guys to step up,” stated Coach Rob Clayton. “We saw several outstanding performances from our freshmen winning their first events and I’m happy with the strong swims from our veterans. All in all, a good weekend for the Falcons. We’ve got our big rival, Wyoming, coming up next weekend and I’m excited to go to battle for ‘The Helmet.’”
Air Force will travel to Laramie, Wyoming on Saturday, October 28 to take on the Cowboys in the annual Antler Helmet Battle, a rivalry that has existed between the two teams for over two decades.