Air Force Visits Denver for Non-Conference Dual Meet

    Junior Tom Hansen
    Junior Tom Hansen

    Jan. 6, 2010

    The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams resume their dual meet schedule this weekend, Jan. 9, as they travel to in-state rival Denver. The meet, being held at El Pomar Natatorium, is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m.

    Last Time Out...
    The Falcons' swimming teams wrapped up their winter training at the FIU Relay Invitational in Miami, Fla., on Jan. 2. The men, who won three races and finished no lower than second, captured first place in the team standings. Meanwhile, the women posted eight top-five finishes, incuding a second-place showing in the 200 butterfly relay, to place third.

    Scouting the Falcon Men...
    The Air Force men's swimming and diving team enters this weekend with a 1-1 overall dual record. The Falcons were last in action at the FIU Relay Invitational, where they finished first in the team standings.

    Eight different Air Force men's swimmers rank in the top five in the Mountain West Conference in their respective events, led by junior Benjamin Gunn, who holds the league's fastest times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 IM, while ranking fourth in the 100 butterfly. Meanwhile, junior Tom Hansen leads the conference in the 400 IM, while ranking third in the 200 back and fourth in the 500 free.

    Senior Sean O'Keefe is the second-fastest in the MWC in the 500 free and 1650 free, while holding the fifth-fastest mark in the 200 free. Sophomore Corydon Butler ranks third in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle events, while freshman Jon Jones is third in the 200 free. Junior Josh Hammervold ranks among the top five in three different events, the 200 IM (third), 200 breast (fourth) and 100 breast (fifth), while also ranking among the league's top five is freshman Mark Hansen in the 400 IM (third).

    For the Falcons' divers, senior Kyle Van Valkenburg owns the second-best mark on the platform, while sophomore Jesse Bicknell and senior David Arlington rate fourth on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, respectively.

    Scouting the Falcon Women...
    The Air Force women's swimming and diving team enters this weekend with a 2-4 overall dual record. The Falcons placed third at last weekend's FIU Relay Invitational.

    Seven women's swimmers rank in the top 25 in the Mountain West Conference in their respective events, led by freshman Katrina Castellanos, who is 19th in the 200 breaststroke. Cassie Fletcher and Haley Holcombe are 22nd in the 100 free and 400 IM, respectively, while Rachel Roberts (1650 free), Kaeli Kluesner (100 back) and Becky Gleason (400 IM) are ranked 23rd in their respective events. In addition, sophomore Katharine Ernst has posted the 24th-fastest time in the MWC in the 200 backstroke.

    Scouting the Pioneers...
    The Denver men, receiving votes in the latest coaches' poll, enter this weekend with a 4-1 dual record, while the women are undefeated at 5-0. The men and women are coming off a strong performance at the FAU Invitational, sweeping Cincinnati and host Florida Atlantic in a tri-dual meet.

    Among the leaders for Denver's men are Clayton Myers, who holds the fastest times in the Sun Belt Conference in the 200 free, 500 free and 400 IM, and Garth Summers, who leads the league in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 IM. Meanwhile, four women's swimmers lead the conference in their respective events--Melissa Greeves in the 50 and 100 freestle events, Kirsten Milberg in the 200 back and 200 IM, Jackie Leung in the 500 free and Katy Motsinger in the 100 back.

    Up Next...
    The Falcons return to conference action next weekemd, Jan. 16, when they travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on MWC foe UNLV.

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