Falcons Swept By Denver in Non-Conference Dual Action
Jan. 9, 2010
DENVER, Colo. - The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the 2010 spring semester on the road with a non-conference dual meet Saturday afternoon at El Pomar Natatorium. The men fell to the host Pioneers, 129-97, while the women dropped a 143-77 decision against Denver.
On the women's side, senior diver Chelsea Tompkins (Grand Junction, Colo.) was the top performer, placing first in both springboard events. She registered a season-best 211.72 on the 1-meter board, while recording a score of 207.00 at 3-meters.
Sophomore Cassie Fletcher (Durham, N.C.) posted a pair of top-three finishes, taking second place in the 100 freestyle with a mark of 53.64, while placing third in the 50 free in a time of 24.71. In addition, Katharine Ernst (So., Folsom, Calif.) registered a second-place showing in the 100 fly, clocking in at 1:00.24.
For the men, junior Robert Dawson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) gave the Falcons their first win of the day, capturing the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.32, while Benjamin Gunn (Jr., Gainesville, Ga.) took third in the event. Dawson also added a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle, clocking a time of 47.14.
Gunn registered a top finish of his own, winning the 100 backstroke with a mark of 52.20. Meanwhile, Josh Hammervold (Jr., Sugar Land, Texas) led a 1-2 Falcon finish in the 100 breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 57.86, followed by teammate Cody Deacon (So., Portland, Ore.) in second place with a mark of 58.28.
Corydon Butler (So., Williamsburg, Va.) registered a pair of second-place finishes in the 500 and 1000 freestyle races, while senior Sean O'Keefe (Lake Oswego, Ore.) took third in both races. Also earning top-three finishes for the men's swimmers were Jake Stronko (Fr., Woodbridge, Va.) in the 200 free, J.H. Vivadelli (Fr., Richmond, Va.) in the 400 IM and Nate Roesler (So., Hastings, Minn.) in the 100 butterfly.
Freshman Beau Riebe (Mercer Island, Wash.) scored a pair of top-three showings for the Air Force divers, placing second at 1-meter and taking third on the 3-meter board. Meanwhile, senior David Arlington (Eagle River, Alaska) captured second place at 3-meters, while Kyle Van Valkenburg (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) placed third at 1-meter.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, Jan. 16, with a road dual meet at conference rival UNLV.