Five Falcons Earn All-MWC Swimming Selections
March 1, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Five Air Force swimmers earned 2011 All-Mountain West Conference Swimming honors, announced Monday by the conference office. Corydon Butler, Benjamin Gunn, Paul Leonhardt and Tim Martinelli from the men's team and Haley Holcombe from the women's team were named All-MWC for their performances at the 2011 MWC Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Air Force earned all-conference performers in 10 total events, led by Butler and Gunn's all-conference honors in four different events.
Gunn, a senior, earned Air Force's first-ever conference title in the 200 yard butterfly event with a time of 1:46.21. It was Gunn's third overall MWC title. The Gainesville, Ga., native earned All-MWC honors in the 200 individual medley, where he was runner up, the 200 backstroke and was the leadoff leg of the all-conference 800 free relay team. Gunn set a new school record in the 200 back (1:45.60) and also earned the MWC Senior Recognition award.
Butler, a junior, earned all-conference honors in the 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle events. The Williamsburg, Va. native was a top-five finisher in all three events, earning NCAA B-cut swims in the 500 and 1650 free events. In addition to the middle and distance free events, Butler anchored the 800 free relay group.
Leonhardt, a freshman, capped of a stellar freshman campaign by earning all-conference honors in the 200 fly. The Plano, Texas native placed fourth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:48.97, which is the seventh-fastest mark in school history. Leonhardt also swam the second-leg of the 800 free relay group.
Martinelli, a sophomore from Vero Beach, Fla. also earned all-conference honors in the 800 free relay. Martinelli swam the third-leg of the relay.
Holcombe earned all-conference honors in the 100 and 200 butterfly events. The sophomore from Snellville, Ga., broke her own school record in the 200 fly, with a time of 2:02.36. Holcombe's time of 55.31 in the 100 fly is the second-fastest in school history. In addition to her accomplishments in the fly events, Holcombe was part of AFA's school record 200 and 400 medley relay groups.
Air Force 2011 All-Mountain West Conference Swimming
Corydon Butler, Jr.
Benjamin Gunn, Sr.
Paul Leonhardt, Fr.
Men's 800 Free Relay - Gunn, Leonhardt, Tim Martinelli, Butler
Haley Holcombe, So.