Air Force Men's Swimming Remains In Second Place At Arena Invitational
Nov. 20, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Air Force men's swim team remains in second place after day two action at the Arena Invitational hosted by UC San Diego Friday at the Belmont Pool Plaza. A trio of Falcons cracked the school's Top 10 list in the 200 yard freestyle, 100 breastroke and 100 backstroke events.
Air Force's top individual finish came from senior Benjamin Gunn, who finished fourth in the 100 butterfly. Gunn clocked a time of 48.02, which was a season best and just .19 off his school record time.
In the 400 individual medley, senior Tom Hansen led the Falcons with a seventh-place finish. Hansen clocked a time of 3:58.66, shaving over 19 seconds off his previous season high.
Air Force got a pair of top-10 finishes by freshman Paul Leonhardt and junior Corydon Butler in the 200 free. Leonhardt took sixth with a time of 1:39.21 which is the seventh-fastest mark in Academy history. Butler took ninth with a time of 1:39.48, which was over three seconds faster than his previous season best.
In the 100 breast, junior Cody Deacon and senior Josh Hammevold cracked the top 10. Deacon placed fifth with a time of 55.59 which is the fifth-fastest in school history. Hammervold took 10th with a season-best time of 55.82.
Sophomore Matt Millikin was AFA's top swimmer in the 100 back. Millikin took fifth in the event with a time of 50.09 which is the fifth-fastest in school history.
The Falcons also swam very strong relay events, taking third in the 200 medley relay and second in the 800 free relay. The 200 medley relay, consisting of Gunn, Deacon, Leonhardt and senior Robert Dawson clocked a time of 1:30.13, which was a little over a second behind the school record. The 800 free relay, consisting of Gunn, sophomore Jon Jones, Leonhardt and Butler recorded a finals time of 6:40.47, which was 21 seconds faster than the previous season high.
The third and final day of the Arena Invitational will see the 100 and 1650 free, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 breast, and conclude with the 400 free relay. Preliminaries are set to begin at 9:00 a.m.