Falcons Head to UNLV for MWC Dual

    Junior Nick Dixon
    Junior Nick Dixon

    Jan. 18, 2008

    The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to conference action this weekend, Jan. 19, when they visit MWC foe UNLV. The meet is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. (PT) at Buchanan Natatorium.

    Scouting the Falcon Men...
    The Air Force men's swimming and diving team (3-4, 0-1) is coming off a 146-62 loss against Denver. The Falcons did not win an event, but captured nine second-place finishes in the meet.

    In the MWC, Justin Day ranks second in the 200 breaststroke, Bryan Avery ranks fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 butterfly, Sean O'Keefe is third in the 1650 free and fifth in the 500 free and Benjamin Gunn and Kai Yamashiro rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 back.

    Scouting the Falcon Women...
    The Air Force women's swimming and diving team (2-7, 0-4) competed last weekend at Denver, dropping a 167-63 contest to the Aztecs.

    Leading the Falcons against Denver were juniors Jane Hwang and Ashleigh Peck and freshman Kaeli Kluesner. Hwang and Kluesner finished first in the 100 free and 200 backstroke, respectively, while Peck took first in the 1-meter dive.

    Hwang currently ranks seventh in the MWC in the 100 free, eighth in the 200 IM and 10th in the 200 free.

    Scouting the Rebels...
    The UNLV men's swimming team (3-1, 2-1) last competed at the UCI/Ayres Sprint and Distance Invitationals. The Rebels finished first in the distance meet and second in the sprint competition. UNLV will host Wyoming before competing against Air Force on Saturday.

    Freshman Kier Maitland ranks first in the conference and sixth in the nation in the 1650 free. He also ranks second in the league in the 1000 free and third in the 500 free. Richard Hortness leads the league in the 100 free, while ranking second in the 200 free and third in the 50 free.



    Scouting the Lady Rebels...
    The UNLV women's swimming team (3-2, 3-1) last competed at the UCI/Ayres Sprint and Distance Invitationals, finishing third in both the distance and sprint competitions. The Lady Rebels host New Mexico and Wyoming before taking on the Falcons Saturday.

    Among the top performers for UNLV are Bailey Kuestermeyer, who ranks among the MWC's top five in five different events, and Kim Bonney, who leads the conference in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

    Up Next...
    The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams return home next week, Jan. 24 and 26, when they host BYU and Utah, respectively. The meet against Utah will mark the final home appearance for the Falcons this season.

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