Knaute Wins 400 IM In Day Three Action At MWC Swimming & Diving Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla - The Air Force men's swimming & diving team remains in fifth place and the women in seventh after day three action at the 2005 Mountain West Conference swimming & diving Championships at Oklahoma City Community College. Leading the way again for the Falcons, was sophomore Chris Knaute, who had a record-breaking win the 400 individual medley.
Knaute set a new Mountain West Conference and Air Force school record in the men's 400-yard individual medley with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:50.22. The previous MWC all-time record was held by BYU's Randy Belliston (3:52.24). Knaute has now provisionally qualified for three events.
Sophomore Justin Lapin also had a career-best swim in the 400 IM, taking third with a time of 3:54.65, which is the third-fastest mark in school history. Classmate Paul Parmenter finished eighth in the 400 IM with a prelim time of 4:01.36 which is the tenth-fastest time in school history.
In the 100 backstroke, senior Evan Parr took third with a swim of 50.16, the third-fastest mark in school history. Sophomore Andrew Bergman swam the seventh-fastest 100 breaststroke time, placing ninth with a time of 57.20.
In the women's 200 free, senior Julienne White took 11th with a career-best and sixth-best Air Force time ever with a swim of 1:53.60.
The Falcons swam well in the women's 100 breast as Carly Omizo and Blair Leake too 10th and 11th respectively. Omizo's time of 1:05.22 is the fourth-fastest and Leakes time of 1:05.27 was the fifth-fastest time in school history.
UNLV leads the men's field with 571 points and five-time defending conference champion BYU leads the women with 477 points after day three at the Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at Oklahoma City Community College.
BYU trails the Rebels in men's action with 496 points, followed by Wyoming (390), Utah (379) and Air Force (270). The Rebels hold the No. 2 spot in the women's events with 463.50 points, followed by Utah (407), Colorado State (345), Wyoming (289), New Mexico (251), Air Force (142.50) and San Diego State (119).
The MWC Swimming & Diving Championships conclude Saturday, Feb. 26, following the 6 p.m. finals events and the announcement of the individual and team awards.