U.S AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force men’s swimming team finished in fourth place at the Nike Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., with 1,373 points. North Carolina State won the meet with 1,521 points, North Carolina was second (1,490) and Tennessee was third (1,388). East Carolina was fifth (855), Navy was sixth (845.5), Duke was seventh (708), Old Dominion was eighth (509) and Michigan was ninth (174).
In the relay events, several Falcon teams placed in the top five. The men’s 200 free relay team of George Frank, Jordan Dahle, Michael Hannigan and Ryan Dunne was fourth (1:20.07). In the 400 medley, the team of Devon Davis, Michael Barnosky, Ryan Dunne and Jordan Dahle was third in the “A” final (3:14.29). In the 200 medley, Davis, Barnosky, Dunne and Dahle were fourth in the “A” final (1:28.59). In the 800 free relay, the team of Jackson, Dunne, Alex Strom and Dahle was third in the “A” final (6:31.09). The team of Robby Graves, Andrew Antonetti, Michael Hannigan and Andrew Faciszewski won the “B” final (6:35.12). In the 400 free relay, the team of Dunne, Frank, Hannigan and Dahle was second with a finals time of 2:56.11.
Dunne placed in the top five in three events. He was fifth in the 50 free “A” final (20:22). Dunne was also fourth in the 100 fly “A” final (48.24) and was second in the “A” final of the 100 free (43.88). His time of 43.70 in the prelims was the second fastest in the event, just .01 off the leader.
In the 100 back, Devon Davis’s prelim time of 48.40 was the fastest in the meet. In the “A” final, he was seventh (49.25).
Kris Tillery was eighth in the “A” final of the 200 back (1:48.94). Andrew Faciszewski was fourth in the 1650 free with a finals time of 15:14.16, while Jackson was sixth in that same event (15:16.70). Frank was eighth in the “A” final of the 200 free (1:40.31). Barnosky was third in the “A” final of the 100 breaststroke (53.84) while Zach Knoche was eighth (56.02). In the men’s 400 IM, Jackson was fifth in the “A” final (3:54.82).Andrew Faciszewski won the “B” final with a time of 3:53.82. Barnosky was second in the 200 IM “B” final (1:47.63). Frank was fourth in the “B” final of the 50 free (20:53)
In men’s diving, Nathaniel Zillweger was fifth in the “A” final of the one-meter with (306.40) while Dominic Vallejo was seventh in the “A” final (294.95). In three meter, A.J. Eckebrecht was eighth in the “A” final with 221.50. Zillweger was second in the “B” final (3:17.65) while Vallejo was third (304.75). In men’s platform, Vallejo was second (292.10), Eckebrecht was sixth (244.10) and Zillweger was seventh (242.75).
In women’s diving, Jessica Horn was 16th in the one-meter with 230.80. In platform, Lainie Long was seventh with a finals score of 211.80. Horn was 16th with 156.85.
“The Nike Cup was a great meet for us, highlighted by three school records in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 800 free relay,” men’s swimming coach Rob Clayton said. “It was exciting to get out there and race against all those teams, especially Navy. We were surprised and elated to race right with NC State, Tennessee and North Carolina. It came right down to the wire for third place with Tennessee. Our guys fought hard, but they had just a few more points. The divers were again outstanding, highlighted on the tower as three of divers were in top eight against some of the best divers anywhere. We had a tremendous fall with wins over Wyoming, Grand Canyon and North Dakota.