Falcons Split MWC Dual With TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Air Force men's and women's swimming & diving teams split its Mountain West Conference dual meets with TCU. The men's team won in a wild finish, holding on to a 121-120 win, while the women's team was downed 143-91.
Trailing 115-109 headed into the final event of the meet, TCU took first in the 400 yard medley relay to earn 11 points, to give them 120. Air Force took second and third however to earn six points, giving them 121 points and the win. The Falcon men improve to 5-1 on the year and are 1-0 in confernce duals.
The men took first in six of 13 events, led by junior Chris Knaute. Knaute won the 200 (1:39.18) and 500 freestyle (4:35.79) and took second in the 100 free (46.75).
Three other juniors also took first for Air Force. Ryan Moss won the 50 free (21.60), Paul Parmenter the 200 individual medley (1:54.50) and Andrew Bergman the 200 breaststroke (2:07.60).
The Falcons also won the 400 medley relay. The group of Justin Lapin, Bergman, Matt Sievers and Moss swam a time of 3:26.79.
The top Falcon men's diver was junior Brady Lindberg, who placed third in both the one-meter (257.48) and three-meter (277.80) dives.
The Falcon women took first in five of 13 events and fall to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in MWC duals.
Junior Lindsey Kirchhoff opened the meet by winning the 50 free with a time of 25.68. Freshman Jane Hwang followed by winning the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.65.
Junior Lauren White won the 500 free (5:08.74) and classmate Blair Leake won the 200 breast (2:27.03). The Falcons also won the 400 free relay. The group of Hwang, Colleen Smith, Kirchhoff and Laken Stogner won with a time of 3:35.96.
The Falcons divers were led by junior Lauren Bursey and sophomore Danielle Dowds. Bursey placed third in the one-meter diving with 224.03 points and Dowds took third in the three-meter diving with 221.78 points.
The Falcon swim team returns to action, Nov. 17-19, at the Speedo Cup in Long Beach, Calif. The diving team returns to action next weekend, Nov. 11-12, taking part in the USC Diving Invite in Los Angeles.