By Quinn Horner
After day one of a two-day dual, the Air Force men’s swimming and diving team leads Grand Canyon University, 133-110, on Friday, Nov. 3, in Phoenix, Ariz.
“It was a great day of swimming for us,” said Head Coach, Rob Clayton. “We did a really nice job against GCU, who are clearly one of the top teams in the conference, and our Class of 2018 was out there leading the team.”
Senior Garrett Glaudini had key swims in both distance events by winning the 1000 freestyle in 9:31.13 and the 500 freestyle in 4:36.54. Senior Michael Hannigan set a new Edward A. Reese Aquatic Center pool record in the 200 freestyle (1:40.77). He led off the 200 free relay with teammates, sophomore Cole McAnany, senior Lars Knutson, and junior Steffen Mount with a winning time of 1:22.12. Mount also dominated both of his events by winning the 50 freestyle in 20.52 and 100 freestyle in 45.28. In a surprising win, sophomore Zach Nelson out-touched GCU’s top breaststroker and Egyptian national team member to win the 200 breaststroke in 2:05.61.
“We had some solid performances tonight,” Clayton added. “Building on our accomplishments, we’re starting tomorrow with a nice, 23-point lead and we need to continue tomorrow with tonight’s momentum. We’re positioned to win this dual against GCU and can start preparing for our taper meet at Texas A&M in two weeks.”
The Falcons resume competition against Grand Canyon at 11 am MST on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix.