Air Force Swimming & Diving Splits With Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving team split with Wyoming, Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West Conference dual meet. The Falcon men won 132-111 and the women lost 142-91.
Trailing 142-132 after 15 of 17 events, the Falcons took first, second and fourth in the 400 yard individual medley to jump ahead 147-136. Air Force then tied Utah for first in the final event of the day, the 200 free relay, to defeat the Utes for the first time in three years. The Falcon men improve to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in MWC duals.
The Air Force men (8-4, 3-2 MWC) won seven of 13 events, led by junior Chris Knaute, who won the 200 and 1000 yard freestyle events. Knaute took the 1000 free with a swim of 9:39.76 and followed with a win in the 200 free, clocking in with a time of 1:41.89.
The Falcons dominated the sprint free and relay events, winning the 50 and 100 free and the 400 and medley and free relays. Junior Ryan Moss won the 50 free (21.68) and sophomore TJ Cowling won the 100 free (47.24). The group of Kai Yamashiro, Andrew Bergman, Matt Sievers and Cowling teamed to win the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:28.37. The group of Moss, Sievers, Paul Parmenter and Cowling won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:08.68. Yamashiro also won the 200 back with a time of 1:54.84.
The Air Force women (7-10, 2-6) were led by junior Blair Leake and freshman Laken Stogner. Leake won the 200 breast with a time of 2:28.10 and Stogner won the 100 free with a time of 54.54. The Falcon group of Roberta Nitzberg, Kallyn Johnson, Melissa Edwards and Ginny Miller won the 400 free relay (3:51.13).
Air Force will now prepare for the 2006 Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, held Feb. 22-25 in Oklahoma City, Okla.