Air Force Swimming Fares Well At 2005 Speedo Cup
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Led by junior Chris Knaute's performance in the 1650 yard freestyle, the Air Force men's swim team captured second-place at the 2005 Speedo Cup at the Belmont Plaza. The Falcon women's team took sixth-place in the three-day meet, highlighted by junior Blair Leake's record-breaking swim in the 200 breaststroke.
Stanford's men's and women's teams' claimed first place, with the men garnering 1,819 points and the women's team earning 1,760.5 points. The Falcon men scored 942 points to edge Mountain West Conference rival BYU, who finished third in the nine-team men's field with 844.5 points. The Falcon women scored 576 points in the 19-team women's field.
Knaute, the reigning MWC men's swimmer of the year, finished second in the 1650 free with a season-best time of 15:20.42 (previous season best was 16:11.22). Stanford's Shaun Phillips took first with a swim of 15:19.23. Senior team captain Matt Karmondy also swam well for the Falcons in the 1650 free, placing fourth with a season-best time of 15:50.88 (previous season best was 16:53.55).
In the 200 backstroke, junior Justin Lapin tied the third-fastest time in school history en route to a fifth place finish with a finals time of 1:49.39. In the 100 free, junior Nick Uzelac swam the ninth-fastest time ever at AFA, placing eighth with a blazing prelim time of 46.11.
In the 200 breaststroke, junior Andrew Bergman swam the 10th-fastest time in school history, placing eighth with a prelim time of 2:05.38. In the 200 butterfly, juniors Matt Sievers and Paul Parmenter raced to fifth and sixth place finishes. Sievers swam the sixth-fastest time in AFA history with a time of 1:50.49 and Parmenter swam the ninth-fastest time at the Academy with a time of 1:51.30.
The Falcons also did well in the 400 free relay, taking second with a time of 3:02.92.
The AFA women's team also swam well, led by strong performances in the 200 breast and the 1650 free. Leake set a new school record in the 200 breast, placing fifth with a time of 2:19.50, bettering the old mark of 2:19.91, set by Krista Steenbergen (Marchand) back in 1995. Senior Carly Omizo also did well in the 200 breast, swimming the sixth-fastest time in school history, taking 11th with a time of 2:23.02.
In the 1650 free, the Falcons placed three swimmers in the top 15, led by junior Lauren White. White placed sixth with a time of 17:10.68. Sophomore Tiffany Biddle and senior Ginny Miller also swam well, with Biddle taking 10th (17:32.50) and Miller taking 13th (17:35.19).
In the 100 free and 200 fly, a pair of freshmen were the top swimmers for Air Force. Laken Stogner placed 15th in the 100 free with a time of 53.03 and Jane Hwang was the top Falcon finisher in the 200 fly with a time of 2:07.78.
The Falcons concluded the meet by placing fifth in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:32.87.
The Air Force women's team returns to action Dec. 3, hosting a three-way MWC meet with Colorado State and San Diego State. The men's team returns to action, Jan. 6, 2006, at UC San Diego.