Air Force Men Open Season at Early Bird Invitational
Oct. 15, 2008
The Air Force men's swimming team opens its season this weekend, Oct. 17-18 at the Early Bird Invitational, hosted by Colorado State. The events begin Friday at 5:00 p.m., and continue Saturday morning at 9:00.
Scouting the Falcons...
Leading the way for the Falcons this season is senior captain Bryan Avery, the school record-holder in the 100 butterfly. A two-time conference runner-up in the 200 freestyle, Avery qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, which were held in June.
Other returning Trial qualifiers include senior Justin Day, an all-conference performer in the 100 breast, and sophomore Benjamin Gunn, who earned All-MWC honors in both the 100 and 200 fly events at the 2008 MWC Championships.
Three other all-conference performers from the 2007-08 season return, led by junior diver Kyle Van Valkenburg, the conference champion in the platform dive and All-MWC honoree at 1-meter. Also returning are senior Kai Yamashiro, who earned all-conference honors in the 100 and 200 back, and sophomore Sean O'Keefe, an All-MWC performer in the 200, 500 and 1650 free.
The top performer for Air Force at the season-opening WAC Shootout was senior captain Jane Hwang, who picked up four top-10 finishes, including first- and second-place showings in the 200 free. Meanwhile, freshman Lauren Shetley led the Falcons' diving squad, registering three top-10 performances, including a second-place finish in the 3-meter dive on Saturday.
The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams are back in action next weekend, Oct. 25. The men will travel to Denver, Colo., for a quad meet against Colorado School of Mines, Denver and Metro State. Meanwhile, the women head to San Diego, Calif., to face Colorado State, New Mexico and San Diego State in their conference opener.