HOUSTON, Texas – The Air Force women’s swimming and diving team placed fifth in a strong field at the annual Phill Hansel Invitational, Saturday, Nov. 18, in Houston, Texas.
Houston won the 10-team meet with 1,749.50 points. Rice was second (1,344) while Tulane was third (971.50), Idaho was fourth (657) and Air Force was fifth (647). The Falcons placed ahead of Vanderbilt, from the SEC, and Mountain West rivals Colorado State and New Mexico.
On the final day, the morning started off on a high note as freshman Kylie Stronko broke the school record in the 200 back stroke, and earned an NCAA “B” cut, with a time of 1:58.33. Stronko placed fifth in the “A” final.
Freshman Jessie Wierzbicki cracked the top 10 in the 200 fly, placing third in her heat with a time of 2:03.32, more than two seconds faster than her prelim time. Both sophomore Heidi Schellin and freshman Mollie Bushelman improved their best times in the 200 breast stroke. Schellin swam a 2:19.18 to place second in her heat, while Bushelman posted a 2:20.50.
In the 100 free, senior Jinan Andrews placed seventh in the “A” final with a 50.68. Junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl was the top Falcon in the 1650 free, placing 14th overall with a time of 17:12.45.
On the platform, sophomore Kayla Wofford placed third with 197.15 points. Sophomore Eve Fowler just missed qualifying for the finals, placing 10th with 175.40 points. Fowler qualified for the finals on the 1-meter springboard and placed seventh with 208.55 points. On 3-meter, Wofford also qualified for the finals, placing fifth with 259.40.
“Our team truly stepped up the last three days,” head coach Collen Murphy said. “We had great performances in the pool and on the diving boards. We have really established ourselves as a deep team this season. We had a lot of lifetime bests, new top 10 all-time swims and two school records broken. We are looking forward to training hard and getting ready for the Mountain West Conference Championships in February”
The Falcons are now off until dual meets against San Diego State and Cal Poly on Dec. 22.