Falcon Swimmers Impressive In Prelims at MWC Championships
Air Force seniors Charlie Toth and Mary Edith Smith were outstanding in preliminary races on day two of the Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Toth became the first Falcon to break the 20-second mark in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.99 in the preliminary round. It was the sixth fastest time in the country this season in the 50 freestyle. Toth shattered all kinds of records in that race. He shaved .18 of a second off the school record of 20.17 set by Trevor Kildare in 1995, and bested his own meet record of 20.21 seconds set in last year's finals.
Toth's time is an NCAA "B" cut time, meaning he has a good shot at qualifying for the NCAA Championships in March. He is gunning for his second conference championship in as many days as he anchored the 200-yard medley relay team to victory on Wednesday.
Smith also posted an NCAA "B" cut time in the prelims of the women's 50-yard freestyle. Smith swam a time of 23.43 seconds, the second fastest in school history and just .02 of a second below the "B" cut line.
Other Falcons qualifying for Thursday night's finals are junior Matt Horner
and senior Josh Finch, who placed seventh and eight, respectively, in the
prelims for the 200-yard individual medley, and sophomore John Dayton, who
had the fifth fastest time with a personal-best 20.32 in the 50 freestyle.
Dayton also recorded an NCAA "B" cut time.