U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Several of the best swims in Academy history, including a school record set by a freshman, highlighted the first day of the Phill Hansel Invitational, Thursday, Nov. 16, in Houston, Texas.
Freshman Kylie Stronko broke the school record in the 100 back stroke, swimming a 54.92, on the first leg of the 400 medley relay. Stronko broke the record of 55.10 set by teammate, junior Emma Strom, last February.
In the 200 IM, freshman Lexie Duchene posted the second fastest in school history with a 2:03.75. Strom swam a 2:04.86, the fifth fastest all-time, while Bushelman swam a 2:06.14, the 10th fastest in school history.
After the first day, Air Force is in sixth place in the 10-team tournament with 138 points. Houston leads the field with 473.50 while Rice is second with 339.5 and Tulane is third with 221. Air Force is currently ahead of Northern Colorado, Colorado State, Vanderbilt and North Texas.
Sophomore Lydia Knutson qualified for the “A” final in the 50 free and placed eighth with a 23.50. Knutson, the school record holder in the 50 free, swam a 23.22 in the prelims.
The tournament, hosted by the University of Houston, continues on Friday, Nov. 17, For all of the latest meet results download the Meet Mobile App, where times and scores will be posted in real time. To find out more information about the Phill Hansel and all of the participating schools visit the Phill Hansel Invitational Meet Page by clicking HERE.