Falcons Continue To Swim Well At 2005 Speedo Cup
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Air Force men's swimming team remains in second place after day two action at the 2005 Speedo Cup at the Belmont Plaza. The Falcon women's team is in sixth place in the three-day meet.
Stanford continues to lead both the men's (1,242 pts) and women's fields (1,176.5 pts). The Falcon men have 618.5 points and the women have 404 points.
Highlighting the day for the men's team were strong finishes by the Falcons in several events, including the 400 yard individual medley, the 100 butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay.
Juniors Chris Knaute and Justin Lapin both had season-bests in the 400 IM, with Knaute placing third with a swim of 3:54.84 and Lapin taking fifth after shaving nearly 10 seconds off his previous season-best with a time of 3:58.30.
Sievers swam the eighth-fastest 100 fly time in school history, placing third with a time of 49.68. The Falcons top finish on the day came in the 800 free relay, where AFA placed second with a time of 6:44.30, which was 35 seconds faster than any other 800 free relay time posted this year by the team.
In the 100 breaststroke, junior Andrew Bergman swam the seventh-fastest time in school history, placing seventh with a time of 57.11. In the 200 free, junior Paul Parmenter placed seventh with a swim of 1:40.91. Sophomore Spencer Liedl was the top Falcon in the 100 backstroke, placing 15th with a swim of 52.88. Air Force also finished fourth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:32.70.
Highlighting the day for the women's team were some of the fastest times ever at the Academy in the 100 breast, 200 free and 400 IM.
Senior Colleen Smith swam the third-fastest 200 free time in school history, placing sixth with a prelim time of 57.99. Smith also swam the sixth-fastest 400 IM time at the Academy, placing fourth with a time of 4:30.55, over 4.5 seconds faster than her previous season-best.
Junior Blair Leake swam the second-fastest 100 breast time in AFA history, placing second with a time of 1:05.21. Senior Carly Omizo also swam well in the 100 breast, placing ninth with a swim of 1:05.84.
Freshman Jan Hwang swam the 10th-fastest 100 fly time in school history, placing seventh with a time of 57.99. The Falcons also swam well in the 800 free relay, taking third with a swim of 7:38.62, and the 200 medley relay, taking 10th with a time of 1:50.08.
The Falcons conclude the Speedo Cup this Saturday, Nov. 19.