Knaute & Parmenter Lead Falcons In Day Two At MWC Swimming & Diving Championships
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Juniors Chris Knaute and Paul Parmenter provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships by winning the 500 yard freestyle and 200 indivual medley to lead Air Force in day two action at the Mountain West Conference Swimming & Diving Championships at Oklahoma City Community College.
Utah leads the men's and women's field with 263 and 258 points, respectively, after day two.
Defending champion UNLV trails the Utes in men's action with 252 points, followed by BYU (222), Air Force and Wyoming (212 points each) and TCU (184). The Cougars hold the No. 2 spot in the women's events with 211 points, followed by UNLV (202), Wyoming (143), Colorado State and TCU (140 points each), New Mexico (128), San Diego State (77) and Air Force (65).
Knaute successfully defended his 500 free title with a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:21.62 which was also a career-best and the second-fastest time in school history.
The Falcon men dominated the 200 IM taking the top three spots. Parmenter set a school record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.72. Classmate Nick Burton swam the second-fastest 200 IM time in school history, placing second and also provisionally qualifying for the NCAA's with a time of 1:48.87. Junior Justin Lapin took third with a finals time of 1:50.63.
Junior Ryan Moss tied the 10th-fastest 50 free time at the Academy, placing eighth with a prelim time of 20.85. TJ Cowling took 13th in the 50 free with a finals time of 21.01.
Junior Brady Lindberg took fifth in the three-meter dive with 289.50 points in the finals. The Falcons also took fifth in the 200 free relay (1:22.04).
The Falcon women were led by freshman Jane Hwang, who placed 15th in the 200 IM with a prelim time of 2:07.12. The 200 free relay team consisting of Laken Stogner, Carly Omizo, Colleen Smith and Lindsey Kirchhoff placed ninth (1:37.73).
Day three of the championships is set for Friday, Feb. 24, with preliminary events at 10 a.m. CST and finals competition at 6 p.m. The MWC Swimming & Diving Championships conclude Saturday, Feb. 25, following the 6 p.m. finals events and the announcement of the individual and team awards.