Falcons Dominate Five-Way Swim Meet
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force men's and women's swimming & diving teams both swam well, going 7-0 in head-to-head action against Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Metro State and Nebraska-Kearney Saturday afternoon at the Cadet Natatorium.
The Falcon men (4-0) downed C.C. 121-54, CSM 117-108 and Metro State 116-72. The AFA women (5-0) were victorious over C.C. 132-91, CSM 129.50-90.50, Metro State 127-60 and UNK 129-69.
The Falcons opened the meet by sweeping both the women's and men's 200 yard medley relay. The group of Laken Stogner, Carly Omizo, Lindsey Kirchhoff and Jane Hwang ran away with the women's 200 medley, winning by five seconds with a time of 1:51.25. The all-freshmen group of Kai Yamashiro, Justin Day, Nick Dixon and Phillip Cole won the men's 200 medley with a time of 1:37.59.
The Falcons then followed up by sweeping the next two events, the 1000 freestyle and the 200 free. Lauren White won the women's 1000 free with a time of 10:45.73 and Ben McCorkle won the men's 1000 with a time of 10:20.93. Stogner then won the women's 200 free with a time of 2:01.85 and McCorkle followed by winning the 200 with a time of 1:48.44.
Air Force then had the top three times in both 50 free events, but opted to exhibition several swimmers. Lindsey Kirchhoff won the women's 50 free (24.95) and Blair Leake (25.54) and Carly Omizo (25.93) followed but were exhibitioned. The Falcons exhibitioned all three of their top swimmers in the men's 50--Phillip Cole (21.73), Kai Yamashiro (22.31) and Justin Day (22.53)--who finished 1-2-3 in terms of times.
In the 200 individual medley, freshman Layne Wilson won with a time of 2:05.08. The Falcons then went on to sweep the 100 butterfly events, with Kirchhoff winning the women's 100 fly with a time of 59.52 and Nick Dixon taking the men's 100 fly with a time of 55.95.
Jane Hwang then won the women's 100 free with a time of 53.22 and Phillip Cole won the men's 100 with a time of 48.46. Colleen Smith won the women's 500 free with a time of 5:20.88 and McCorkle won the men's 500 free, his third win of the day, with a time of 5:01.22.
Justin Day then won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.08 and then the Falcons won the women's 200 free relay. The group of Hwang, Omizo, Smith and Kallyn Johnson won with a time of 1:42.81.
The Falcon divers also had a stellar day, sweeping both the men's and women's one-meter and three-meter dives. The AFA women went 1-2-3 in the three-meter dive, led by Danielle Dowds (243.30 pts) and followed up by Emily Shanes (216.40) and Amy Get (203.35). Brady Lindberg won the men's one-meter dive with 279.45 pts and Randy Rogers took second with 216.00 pts.
The Falcon women took the top four spots in the one-meter dive, led by Lauren Bursey (211.55) and follwed by Ashleigh Peck (206.35), Dowds (204.55) and Shanes (201.80). Lindberg won the men's three-meter dive with 297.20 pts. Patrick Sauncy took third with 195.35 pts and Rogers placed fourth with 184.60 pts.
The Falcon women return to action next Friday, Nov. 4, at North Texas and the men also return to action next Fri., travelling to SMU. The Falcons then take on TCU in a Mountain West Conference dual on Sat., Nov. 5, in Fort Worth, Texas.