Falcon Swimmers Ready For MWC Championships
The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams are in Oklahoma City, Okla., preparing for the 2001 Mountain West Conference Championships which begin on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
Oklahoma City Community College hosts the event, which will run through Saturday, Feb. 17. The competition begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday with the preliminary round of the men's 1-meter springboard diving event. Swimming action gets underway at 6 p.m. with the 200-yard freestyle and medley relays.
Air Force's men's team is trying to improve on last season's third-place finish at the championships. The Falcons boast two individual champions from last year's meet, senior Charlie Toth, who won the 100-yard freestyle in a school record time of 44.45 seconds, and senior Matt Ihlenfeld, who captured the 200 breaststroke, also in a school record time of 2:00.47.
The men went 9-4 during the regular season, and 2-2 against MWC opponents. Sophomore John Dayton currently holds the conference's best time in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke races with times of 56.99 seconds and 2:05.26, respectively. Senior Josh Finch holds the best time in the conference for the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:01.77.
AFA's women's team was 12-8 in dual meets this season, and 2-5 against conference foes. The Falcons placed eighth at the conference championships last season. Sophomore diver Sarah Law has had an outstanding season, earning five MWC diver of the week honors. She swept all three events at the AFA Diving Invitational on Feb. 2-3, and hopes to continue her impressive diving this week. She enters the meet with the conference's best score on the 1-meter springboard this season, achieving a score of 361.15 points at the season opening Early Bird Invitational in Fort Collins.