Air Force Swimmers Head to Human Performance Invitational
March 5, 2008
USAFA, Colo. - Six Air Force swimmers will head to Austin, Texas, this week, March 6-8, to compete in the 2008 Human Performance Labs All-American Long Course Championships, being held at the Texas Swim Center. The group of Falcons will look to post qualifying times for this year's Olympic Trials, which are slated for June 29-July 6 in Omaha, Neb.
Competing for Air Force this week will be men's swimmers Bryan Avery (Jr., Mililani, Hawaii), Justin Day (Jr., Peyton, Colo.), Benjamin Gunn (Fr., Gainesville, Ga.), Sean O'Keefe (So., Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Kai Yamashiro (Jr., Kaneohe, Hawaii), as well as women's swimmer Kaeli Kluesner (Fr., Denver, Colo.).
Avery will compete in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, as well as the 100 butterfly. He ranks in the Academy's top 10 in all three events, setting the school record in the 100 fly at last weekend's Mountain West Conference Championships. He also rates second in the 200 free and seventh in the 100 free.
Day is slated to compete in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. He also holds Academy top 10 times in both events, ranking third in the 100 breast and 10th in the 200 breast.
Gunn will compete in four events this week, including the 100 and 200 butterfly events, as well as the 100 and 200 backstroke. The freshman ranks in the top 10 at Air Force in all four events, with the fourth-best time in both the 100 and 200 butterfly, the fifth-best time in the 200 back and the ninth-best time in the 100 back.
O'Keefe is scheduled to compete in the 200, 400 and 1500 freestyle events. O'Keefe currently ranks third in the Falcons' record books in the 500 free, while holding the fourth-best marks in both the 200 and 1650 freestyle.
Yamashiro will also compete in three events this week, with the 200 IM, as well as the 100 and 200 backstroke. Yamashiro holds the fourth-fastest marks in Academy history in both the 100 and 200 back.
Meanwhile, Kluesner will be in action for the women, competing in the 100 and 200 backstroke, as well as the 200 and 400 IM. Kluesner currently ranks fifth all-time at the Academy in the 200 back and ninth in the 400 IM.
This week's action begins Thursday, March 6, with 12 events, including the 100 fly, 400 free and 200 IM. Friday's action features 10 more events, including the 400 IM, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 free, while the championships conclude Saturday with 12 events, including the 200 back, 100 free, 1500 free, 200 breast and 200 fly.