Air Force Swimming & Diving Takes on BYU and Utah In Key MWC Duals
Jan. 25, 2007
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams heads to the Beehive State to take on BYU and Utah in a pair of Mountain West Conference dual meets. The Falcons take on BYU on Friday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. and Utah on Saturday at noon.
BYU Meet Notes: Last year, BYU swept the meet at the Academy, with the men winning 139.50-103.50 and the women winning, 155-77.
Men's swim coach Rob Clayton on BYU meet: "Obviously, we are coming off a great weekend," men's team head coach Rob Clayton said. "Beating UNLV puts us alone at the top of the MWC, with BYU and UNLV each with one loss. However, winning in Provo is an immense task. BYU will be ready to go. We will need to swim even faster to win on Friday. The last time Air Force beat BYU was 1992! They have tremendous diving, the MWC's best sprinter (Brett Allen), best sprint flyer (Jorge Azevedo), and the defending MWC champion in the 200 Free (Travis Price). We will be ready to race, but we will need every single man to step up and perform brilliantly."
Utah Meet Notes: Last year, the Falcon men defeated Utah, 154.50-145.50 while the Utah women won 167-123.
Clayton on Utah meet: "Utah is a program with a great tradition of excellence in swimming and diving," Clayton said. "They have some great swimmers and divers. We always have a very tough meet with them. We will have to come back after the BYU meet and swim very well to get by the Utes."
Last Week: The Falcons had a strong showing last weekend, as the men's team swept UNLV and Denver in dual meets. The Falcon women lost to UNLV on Friday and to Denver and Northern Colorado on Saturday. Senior Chris Knaute led the way winning six events over the weekend (four individual and two relays). The Falcon men currently sit atop the MWC standings at 2-0 in conference duals and are 12-1 on the season. The Falcon women are 4-7 on the season, 0-5 in MWC duals.
Knaute earns third MWC Swimmer of the Week honor: For his impressive performances against UNLV and Denver, senior Chris Knaute was named Mountain West Conference men's swimmer of the week. The honor was Knaute's third this year and the seventh of his career.