U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams return to action on Friday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. PT, in San Diego, Calif. The men’s team will compete against Cal Poly while the women will compete against both San Diego State and Cal Poly.
The women’s swimming team is 5-6 in dual meets this season. The Falcons have been idle since placing fifth in a strong field at the Phill Hansel Invitational in Houston, Texas, Nov. 16-18.
In the first half the season, the Falcons had 12 individual swims crack the top 10 all time. Freshman Kylie Stronko broke the school record in the 100 back (54.92) and 200 back (1:58.43). Freshman Jessica Wierzbicki ranks fifth all-time in the 100 fly (55.50) and seventh in the 200 fly (2:04.08). Freshman Mollie Bushelman ranks third in the 100 breast stroke (1:03.61), eighth in the 200 breast stroke (2:20.50) and ninth in the 200 IM (2:06.14). Freshman Lexie Duchene is second in the 200 IM (2:03.75). Freshman Rheagan Horne ranks ninth in the 50 free (23.59).
Senior Jinan Andrews posted the fourth fastest time in the 200 IM with a 2:04.34. Andrews already ranks second in the 50 free and 100 free and sixth in the 100 back and 200 free. Junior Emma Strom swam the second fastest 400 IM in school history with a 4:21.78. Strom also ranks fifth in the 200 IM, second in the 100 back and third in the 200 back. Sophomore Heidi Schellin ranks fifth in 200 breast stroke (2:19.18) and is also seventh in the 100 breast stroke.
Several Falcons ranks among the top 10 in the Mountain West in their respective events. Sophomore Lydia Knutson, the school record holder in the 50 free, ranks eighth in the MW in that event with a season-best time of 23.22. Stronko ranks eighth in the conference in the 200 back. Duchene ranks 10th in the 200 IM while Strom ranks sixth in the league in the 400 IM.
On the men’s side, a freshman, two sophomores and a junior have cracked the all-time top 10 list. Freshman Peter Lochmaier swam the seventh fastest 200 fly with a time of 1:48.55. Sophomore Andrew Weiss holds the eighth spot in the 100 breast stroke (55.40) while sophomore Kyle Bundesmann has the eighth spot in the 400 IM. Junior Steffen Mount, who already holds the school record in the 50 and 100 free, ranks 10th in the 200 free at 1:37.66.
Numerous Falcons rank among the best in the Western Athletic Conference. Mount ranks second in the league in both the 50 and 100 free, third in the 200 free and second in the 100 fly. Sophomore Ben Brockman ranks seventh in the 200 free while senior Michael Hannigan is eighth. Four Falcons rank in the top 10 in the 500 free. Senior Garrett Glaudini ranks fourth, junior Collin Green is sixth, freshman Peter Lochmaier is ninth and freshman Vincent Vivadelli is 10th. The Falcons also have four of the top 10 spots in the 1650 free as Green is second, Glaudini is third, Vivadelli is sixth and freshman Brady Moll is eighth. Senior Joey Gebhart is fifth in the 100 back stroke and fourth in the 200 back. Sophomore Cole McAnany is sixth in the 200 back while freshman Ben Settle is eighth. Sophomore Andrew Weiss is sixth in the 100 breast stroke. In the 200 breast, sophomore Zach Nelson is third, senior Derek Brecht is sixth and Weiss is eighth. In the 200 fly, Lochmaier is fourth and Bundesmann is eighth. In the 200 IM, Nelson is third, Bundesmann is ninth and Brecht is 10th. In the 400 IM, Glaudini is second, Bundesmann is third, Green in fourth, Brecht is sixth, Nelson is seventh and Lochmaier is ninth.
Both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are back in action at home on Jan. 12-13 at the Cadet Natatorium.