Air Force Heads to MWC Swimming & Diving Championships
Feb. 22, 2010
The Air Force men's and women's swimming and diving teams travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., this week, Feb. 24-27, for the 2010 Mountain West Conference Championships.
Scouting the Falcon Men...
Senior Sean O'Keefe is the second-fastest in the MWC in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free, while holding the fifth-fastest mark in the 200 free. Sophomore Corydon Butler ranks third in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle events, while freshman Jon Jones is third in the 200 free. Junior Josh Hammervold ranks among the top five in three different events, the 200 IM (third), 200 breast (fourth) and 100 breast (fifth), while also ranking among the league's top five are freshman Mark Hansen in the 400 IM (third) and junior Eric Robinson in the 200 fly (fifth).
For the divers, senior Kyle Van Valkenburg is ranked second in the MWC on the platform and is tied for fifth on the 1-meter board, while senior David Arlington and sophomore Cheyne Clark rank third and fifth in the league, respectively, on the platform.
The Falcons return a total of five individual all-conference performers from the 2009 season, including a pair of MWC champions (Van Valkenburg, platform; Gunn, 200 IM). Gunn also received all-conference accolades in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and as a member of the 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley relays, while Van Valkenburg was an All-MWC honoree on the 3-meter board. Other all-conference performers include O'Keefe (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 400 free relay, 800 free relay), Tom Hansen (500 free, 200 back, 800 free relay) and Arlington (1-meter). Meanwhile, Robert Dawson (400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), Chris Morin (400 free relay) and Robinson (800 free relay) swam on All-MWC relays for the Falcons.
Scouting the Falcon Women...
Meanwhile, three women's swimmers rank in the top 25 in the Mountain West Conference in their respective events, led by freshman Katrina Castellanos, who is 20th in the 200 breaststroke. Freshman Rachel Roberts is ranked 23rd in the 1650 free, while sophomore Cassie Fletcher holds the league's 24th-fastest time in the 100 free.
Last Year at the MWC Championships...
On the women's side, Air Force placed ninth overall, led by all-conference performers Jane Hwang and Chelsea Tompkins. Hwang, a senior who set three individual school records (100 free, 200 free, 200 IM) and anchored the school record-setting 400 freestyle relay team, earned All-MWC recognition in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events for the second-straight year. Meanwhile, Tompkins placed sixth in the platform dive to earn all-conference honors for the first time in her career.