Air Force Swimmers Set To Open 2007-08 Season

    Senior Danielle Dowds
    Senior Danielle Dowds

    Oct. 11, 2007

    This weekend marks the beginning of the 2007-08 season for the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. The women open up action on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Denver Relays, before hosting a nine-team meet on Saturday, Oct. 13. Meanwhile, the men start the season on Saturday with a five-team home meet of their own.

    Scouting the Falcon Women...
    The Air Force women's swimming and diving team, picked to finish ninth in the Mountain West Conference this season, returns 11 letterwinners from the 2006-07 season. Among the leaders for the Falcons is junior Jane Hwang, an all-conference honoree in the 200 IM and 100 and 200 freestyle. Hwang, the school record-holder in the 200 free, is also listed among the Academy's top performers in the 100 free, 200 IM and 100 and 200 butterfly.

    Scouting the Falcon Men...
    The Air Force men's swimming and diving team, picked to finish fourth in the Mountain West Conference this season, returns 17 letterwinners from the 2006-07 season. Among the leaders for the Falcons are returning all-conference honorees David Arlington (3-meter diving), Bryan Avery (200 free, 200 fly, 800 free relay) and T.J. Cowling (800 free relay). Cowling owns an Academy top 10 time in the 100 freestyle, while Avery is listed among Air Force's top performers in the 200 and 500 free, along with the 200 butterfly.

    Other returners on the Academy's top 10 performance lists include sophomore Sean O'Keefe (500, 1000 and 1650 free) and juniors Kai Yamashiro (100 and 200 backstroke) and Justin Day (100 breaststroke).

    The Teams...
    Teams from nine schools are slated to compete in this weekend's home-opening meet for the Falcons. In addition to Air Force, men's and women's teams from Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Denver, Grand Canyon and Metro State are scheduled to compete. Meanwhile, women's teams from Boise State, Mesa State and Nebraska-Kearney are also slated to participate in this weekend's action.

     

     

    A Tribute...
    Air Force's women's team will have a new look for their season opener at the Denver Relays. The team will be wearing swim caps from West Springfield High School (Va.), in honor of Leslie Sherman, who was killed in the shootings at Virginia Tech in April. Sherman was a high school classmate of current Air Force junior Robbie Nitzberg.

    Up Next...
    The Falcons return to action next weekend, Oct. 19-20, at the Early Bird Invitational, hosted by Colorado State.

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