Nov. 2, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas - The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams each suffered a Mountain West Conference loss on Friday, falling to TCU. The men, now 2-2 and 0-1 in the MWC, dropped a 131-112 contest to the Horned Frogs. Meanwhile, the women, with a 2-4 record and 0-3 conference mark, fell 127-102.
Sophomore Sean O'Keefe (Lake Oswego, Ore.) led the Air Force men, winning both of his races, the 500 and 1000 freestyle events. O'Keefe clocked a time of 9:46.09 in the 1000 free to edge out teammate Tom Hansen (Fr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.). He then took the 500 free with a mark of 4:42.38, while Hansen finished third at 4:46.55.
Also winning races for the Falcons were juniors Bryan Avery (Mililani, Hawaii) and Kai Yamashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii). Avery registered a time of 1:43.35 to take first place in the 200 free, with freshman Eric Robinson (Lakewood, Colo.) taking third place in the same event with a mark of 1:45.26. Yamashiro picked up a win in the 200 IM, clocking in at 1:56.48, while teammate Josh Hammervold (Fr., Sugar Land, Texas) took second place with a time of 1:58.14. Yamashiro also registered a third-place finish in the 200 back with a mark of 1:53.89.
Nick Dixon (Jr., Canton, Mich.) finished second in the 200 fly, clocking in at 1:57.76, while senior T.J. Cowling (Newport News, Va.) took second in the 100 free with a time of 46.87. Hammervold and Justin Day (Jr., Peyton, Colo.) placed second and third, respectively, in the 200 breast, with Hammervold clocking in at 2:09.69, followed by Day in a time of 2:10.31.
Also registering top-three finishes for the Falcon men were Robert Dawson (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who took third place in the 50 free with a mark of 21.77, and diver David Arlington (So., Eagle River, Alaska), who finished third in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
Junior Jane Hwang (Irvine, Calif.) led the women with a first-place finish in the 200 IM, clocking in at a season-best 2:10.00. She also took second place in the 200 breast, with a mark of 2:28.24.
Freshmen Kaeli Kluesner (Denver, Colo.) and Jessica Rodgers each picked up second- and third-place finishes. Kluesner took second place in the 1000 free, with a time of 10:51.25, and finished third in the 200 back with a mark of 2:12.41. Meanwhile, Rodgers finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:58.80, while taking third place in the 100 free with a mark of 54.82.
For the divers, Danielle Dowds (Sr., Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Chelsea Tompkins (So., Grand Junction, Colo.) finished first and second, respectively, in the 1-meter dive. Dowds, who also posted the second-best score in the 3-meter dive, recorded a score of 214.58, while Tompkins registered a 213.75.
The Air Force men are back in action tomorrow with a dual meet at SMU, while the women will be competing in the Open Water Collegiate Nationals in Lake Travis, Calif.