U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete against the University of Wyoming, Saturday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., in Laramie, Wyo. The meet will be held at Laramie High School.
The Falcon women's team (5-3 overall this season) posted a 3-0 record last weekend with home victories over Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines and CSU-Pueblo. Several Falcons are among the top swimmers in the Mountain West so far this season. Sophomore Lydia Knutson ranks fifth in the 50 free (23.70). In the 1650 free, sophomore Jayden Glover ranks fourth (17:35.65), sophomore Kelsey Linzmeyer is fifth (17:46.13) and junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl is sixth (17:51.54). Freshman Jessica Wierzbicki ranks seventh in the 200 fly (2:06.87).
The Air Force men's squad (4-1 overall this season) was 2-0 last week with home wins over Colorado Mesa and Colorado School of Mines. Several Falcon men rank among the Western Athletic Conference leaders. Junior Steffen Mount ranks first in the 50 free (20.53) and second in the 100 free (45.08). Sophomore Ben Brockman ranks first in the 200 free (1:38.67) and is second in the 500 free (4:33.63). Junior Collin Green ranks second in the 1000 free (9:35.19). Senior Garrett Glaudini ranks first in the 1650 free (16:03.31) and is third in the 500 free (9:39.02). Sophomore Zach Nelson ranks second in the 200 breast (2:05.35). Air Force holds the top three spots in the 400 IM as Sophomore Kyle Bundesmann is first (4:00.73), sophomore Peter Lochmaier is second (4:00.79) and Glaudini is third (4:03.50). Lochmaier (1:51.15) also ranks third in the 200 fly
Last season, the Falcon women fell to the Cowgirls by a score of 163.5-131.5. The Air Force men defeated the Cowboys last season, 156.5-143.5. The Falcons then went on to finish just ahead of Wyoming at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, claiming the title by 40.5 points over the second-place Cowboys.
In the men’s competition, the Falcons and Cowboys will battle for the Antler Helmet for the 19th straight season. Air Force has held the Helmet for the last three years. The history of the Helmet dates back to the 1996 season when some Air Force freshmen left the helmet on a bench during a tri-meet with Seattle and Wyoming. Wyoming swimmers took the helmet and painted over the blue and white with brown and gold. Wyoming refused to give the Helmet back until the Falcons defeated them in a dual meet. In 1997, the Falcons won the dual and took the helmet back. The Helmet was re-painted, with the colors of both teams, and the history the Antler Helmet was born.