Falcon Swimming & Diving Sweeps Four-Way Meet Friday Night
Senior Hannah Cesare.

Jan. 18, 2014

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force swimming & diving teams swept the competition in a four-way meet with North Dakota, Northern Colorado and Seattle U Friday night at the Cadet Natatorium. The Falcon women improved to 11-3 on the season, while the men are now 9-6.

The women defeated North Dakota 181-60, Northern Colorado 154-88 and Seattle U 181-57. The men defeated North Dakota 128-107 and Seattle U 140.50-94.50.

The Falcons combined to win the first nine events to start the meet and never looked back. The women's team took first overall in 11 of 13 events. The men took first in seven events and exhibitioned their swimmers after event nine.

The Falcons women were led by senior Hannah Cesare, junior Kim Davis and freshman Savanna Meadows. Cesare won the 50 yard freestyle (24.29) and 100 free (52.56). Davis won the 200 medley (2:09.22) and 200 breast (2.21.70). Meadows, making her collegiate debut after missing the first half of the season due to injury, made an immediate impact with wins in the 1-meter (250.75) and 3-meter (300.10) diving.

The women also had first place swims by freshman Genevieve Miller in the 1000 free (10:42.69), senior Erin Bleyl in the 200 free (1:56.69) and sophomore Sara Menke in the 500 free (5:16.22).

Air Force also won both relay events. The group of senior Sam Laughlin, freshman Kira Schlosberg, senior Gabbrielle Aranda and Davis won the 400 medley relay (3:54.25) and Cesare, Aranda, Bleyl and Laughlin won the 200 free relay (1:37.47).

On the men's side, senior Paul Leonhardt led the way with a pair of wins. Leonhardt took first in the 200 free (1:43.22) and 200 fly (1:55.95).

Also taking first were freshman Andrew Facizewski in the 1000 free (9:46.95), sophomore George Frank in the 50 free (21.46), sophomore Dominic Vallejo in the 3m diving (320.85) and junior Ryan Dunne in the 100 free (45.39).

The Falcons return to action the next day, Saturday, Jan. 18 in the home finale against the same schools. The meet begins at 11 a.m.



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