By Quinn Horner
U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- After the second day of competition in a dual meet against Grand Canyon University on Saturday, November 4, the Air Force men’s swimming and diving team beat the Antelopes, 257-228. The Falcons improved to 5-2 on the season.
“It was a terrific weekend of swimming for us,” said Head Coach, Rob Clayton. “The team really responded well to the challenge of our competition. So many of the guys swam well these last two days, and it showed.”
Highlights of the morning included senior Lars Knutson stepping up to win both sprint events on the day, swimming the 50 freestyle in 20.86 and 100 freestyle in 45.80. Junior Collin Green dominated the distance events by claiming victory in the 1650 freestyle (16:02.63) and the 500 freestyle (4:37.61). Walking away with the final win of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay team consisting of junior Steffen Mount, senior Joey Gebhart, senior Michael Hannigan, and sophomore Cole McAnany swam for first in 3:02.43.
Grand Canyon’s lineup included two of the fastest athletes in the conference, which elevated Air Force’s performances. The top Falcons racing to second-place finishes included sophomore Kyle Bundesmann in the 400 IM (4:02.67), sophomore Zach Nelson in the 100 breaststroke (57.70), Gebhart in the 100 backstroke (50.56), and Mount in the 200 freestyle (1:40.68) and 100 butterfly (50.12).
Added Coach Clayton, “We are pleased at how we stand at this point in the season and are excited to go to Texas A&M in two weeks. It’ll be a great weekend for us.”
The swimmers have a weekend off before hitting the road again to compete in the Art Adamson Invitational at Texas A&M on November 16-18. The divers will compete in the USC Invitational, Nov. 10-12, in Los Angeles, Calif.