Feb. 7, 2009
USAFA, Colo. - In their final dual meet of the season, the Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams were swept by visiting Wyoming Saturday afternoon at Cadet Natatorium. The Falcon men, who finish the season with a 7-12 dual record and 1-4 mark in the MWC, dropped a 167-133 decision to the Cowboys. Meanwhile, while the women fell to the Cowgirls, 178-109, to end their dual slate with a 6-14 overall record and 0-8 conference ledger.
For the women, senior captain Jane Hwang (Irvine, Calif.) had a strong showing in her final home meet, winning both the 100 breast and the 100 freestyle. Hwang's mark of 1:06.17 in the 100 breast was a personal-best, and ranks sixth all-time in the Air Force record books.
The Falcons also scored a first-place finish in the 200 butterfly, with Katharine Ernst (Fr., Folsom, Calif.) clocking in at a personal-best 2:10.68 to win the event. Ernst also posted the second-fastest time in the 100 fly, registering a mark of 1:00.05.
Sophomore Betsy Scarberry (Fairborn, Ohio) recorded a second-place finish in the 500 free, while also placing third in the 1000 free. Freshman Jenna Dolata (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added a second-place showing in the 200 breaststroke for the Falcons.
Freshman Alison Ceranski (Marinette, Wis.) and Cassie Fletcher (Durham, N.C.) were the top performers for Air Force in the 50 free and 100 free, respectively, with both finishing third. Meanwhile, Lauren Shetley (St. Louis, Mo.) led the women's divers with a third-place finish on the 1-meter springboard.
On the men's side, the Falcons continued their recent run of victories in the 200 medley relay to open the meet, as the team of Kai Yamashiro (Sr., Kaneohe, Hawaii), Justin Day (Sr., Peyton, Colo.), Chris Morin (Jr., Crown Point, Ind.) and Robert Dawson (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) registered a close win with a time of 1:32.50.
Air Force also added four individual men's victories in the meet, including a pair by seniors Yamashiro and Day. Yamashiro took first place in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 1:52.07, while Day was the winner of the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 56.78. Yamashiro and Day also added second-place finishes in the 100 back and 200 breast, respectively.
Benjamin Gunn (So., Gainesville, Ga.) took first place in the 200 IM, clocking in with a time of 1:55.17. Gunn also added a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, while placing third in the 200 backstroke. Junior Sean O'Keefe (Lake Oswego, Ore.) added the final individual win for the Air Force men, finishing just over five-tenths of a second ahead of Kyle Wemhoff in the 500 free.
In the men's 1000 freestyle, freshman Corydon Butler (Williamsburg, Va.) closed out the race strong, finishing second with a mark of 9:56.56. He also added a third-place finish in the 500 free, with a mark of 4:47.89.
Dawson was the Falcons' top performer in the 50 freestyle, placing second with a time of 21.41, followed by Karl Mohrmann (So., Lake Forest, Ill.) in third place. Freshman Nate Roesler (Hastings, Minn.) led the Falcons in the 100 fly, placing second with a time of 51.49, while Mohrmann finished third in the event. Mohrmann also added a third-place showing in the 100 freestyle to lead Air Force in the event.
Freshman Nathan Erickson (Moraga, Calif.) registered a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, while Cody Deacon (Fr., Portland, Ore.) and Eric Robinson (So., Lakewood, Colo.) placed third in the 100 breast and 200 free, respectively. Meanwhile, junior David Arlington (Eagle River, Alaska) was the top diver for the Falcons, finishing third on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events.
The Falcons now have the next few weeks off before heading to the Mountain West Championships, being held Feb. 25-28 in Oklahoma City, Okla.