THIS WEEK: The Air Force men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams travel to Las Vegas for a pair of dual meets on Saturday, Jan. 20. The men will compete against Western Athletic Conference rival UNLV while the women will battle Mountain West foes UNLV and Nevada. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am PT at the Jim Reitz Pool in Las Vegas, Nev.
FOR THE RECORD - WOMEN: The women’s team is 10-8 overall this season and are coming off of dual wins over Northern Colorado, Incarnate Word and Seattle.
TOP WOMEN: Several Falcons rank among the best in the Mountain West. Sophomore Lydia Knutson, the school record holder, ranks eighth in the 50 free (23.22). Senior Jinan Andrews ranks 12th in the 100 free (50.63). Junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl is 15th in the 1650 free (17:19.09).
In the backstroke, freshman Kylie Stronko ranks 13th in the 100 (54.92) and is eighth in the 200 (1:58.43). Stronko broke both Academy records earlier this season. Freshman Mollie Bushelman is 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.61) while sophomore Heidi Schellin is 12th in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.18).
Another pair of freshman rank in the MW’s top 15. Freshman Jessica Wierzbicki ranks 13th in the 100 fly (55.50) and 14th in the 200 fly (2:04.08). Freshman Lexie Duchene is 10th in the 200 IM (2:03.75). Junior Emma Strom is sixth in the 400 IM (4:21.78).
FOR THE RECORD – MEN: The men’s team is 9-3 overall this season after posting dual wins over Incarnate Word and conference rival Seattle last week.
TOP MEN: Several Falcons are among the fastest in the WAC, led by junior Steffen Mount. Mount ranks second in the 50 free (19.96), second in the 100 free (43.23), third in the 200 free (1:37.66) and second in the 100 fly (47.71). Senior Garrett Glaudini ranks fourth in the 500 free (4:28.53), third in the 1000 free (9:35.19) and third in the 1650 free (15:31.10). Junior Collin Green is second in the 1650 free (15:27.28), fourth in the 1000 free (9:35.19) and sixth in the 500 free (4:30.50).
In the backstroke, senior Joey Gebhart is fourth in the 200 (1:48.29) and fifth in the 100 (48.90). Sophomore Cole McAnany is third in the 100 (48.40) and sixth in the 200 (1:48.89). In the breaststroke, sophomore Zach Nelson is third in the 200 (1:59.95). Sophomore Andrew Weiss is sixth in the 100 (55.40) while senior Derek Brecht is sixth in the 200 (2:00.86). Freshman Peter Lochmaier is fifth in the 200 fly (1:48.55).
Several Falcons rank in the top five in the IM events. In the 200, Nelson ranks third (1:49.82). In the 400, Glaudini is second (3:55.19), Kyle Bundesmann is third (3:55.87) and Green is fourth (3:55.99).
In the relay events, the 400 free, 800 free and 200 medley teams all rank second in the WAC while the 200 free team ranks third and the 400 medley team is fifth.
In diving, senior Nick Piontek ranks third in 1-meter (285.83) and fourth in 3-meter (294.75). Freshman Cole Armagost ranks fifth in both 1-meter (277.73) and 3-meter (293.25).
ON THE HORIZON: Following the duals in the desert, the men’s team will host Denver on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Colorado College. The women’s team will face MW rival Colorado State on Friday, Jan. 26, in Fort Collins and then will host Denver on Saturday, Jan. 27. All three of those meets were originally scheduled for the Cadet Natatorium, but have been moved due to repairs at the Academy’s pool.