BYU Men & Women Come Out On Top At Intermountain Shootout

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October 03rd, 2022 College, News, Previews & Recaps

2022 Intermountain Shootout

  • Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2022
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Results (PDF)

Courtesy: BYU Athletics

Grand Junction, Colo. — On the second day of the Intermountain Shootout, BYU swim and dive closed out the competition with an impressive performance to come away with the victory.

“As a coaching staff we are very happy for our athletes,” said BYU head coach Shari Skabelund. “They showed grit and passion through the whole competition. We are pleased with how they came together as a team and fought through the fatigue.”

The Cougars began their winning ways in the second event of the day, with a team of Andrew Eliason, Josue Dominguez, Javier Nicolas and Brigham Harrison posting a 1:28.95 in the men’s 200-yard medley relay. Many other athletes contributed to the men’s success on the day. Brad Prolo won the men 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.47 and placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.49.

On the men’s diving team, Mickey Strauss placed first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 560.10, capping off a successful individual weekend. In total, the men won nine events on the day, continuing their excellent start to the season.

“The Shootout was a good kickoff to our diving season,” said BYU diving coach Tyce Routson. “The women’s team performed consistently, with freshman Alexia Jackson winning the three-meter and finishing six points shy of her NCAA zone cut and transfer Tessa Watkins winning one-meter to earn her way to the NCAA zones. The men’s team proved they were strong contenders for this season.”

The women contributed to the team’s success as well, winning four events. Brynn Sproul had another excellent day, winning both the women’s 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke with times of 5:05.16 and 2:03.30. Senior swimmer Katie McBratney-Graves placed first in the woman 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 29.91 to also contribute 20 points to the team’s final tally.

The men’s team ultimately defeated all other competitors with a final meet score of 1,140.5 after 44 well-contested events. The women’s team also came out on top with a final meet score of 1,041.

Looking ahead, the Cougars will prepare to continue their success as they get set to face TCU back home at the Richards Building Pool in what is already their second to last home meet of the season. The meet will occur on Oct. 13th and 14th, and admission will be free to the general public.

Courtesy: Colorado Mesa Athletics

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.— The Colorado Mesa University swimming teams combined for three more event wins and five more NCAA Division II Championship provisional qualifying times while holding their overall team positions at the Intermountain Shootout, which wrapped up Saturday afternoon here at the El Pomar Natatorium.

Both Maverick teams finished ahead of two NCAA Division I opponents as the CMU men took second amongst six teams with 873 points.  The CMU women were third out of eight teams with 727 ½ points.

BYU won both titles, taking the men’s with 1,140 ½ points.  The Maverick men were ahead of both Air Force (800 ½) and Grand Canyon (704) as well as Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Adams State (186) and the CMU Club Team (130).

The BYU women finished with 1,041 points while Air Force finished second with 862 ½.  The Mavs were comfortably ahead of both Grand Canyon (605 ½) and Northern Colorado (588 ½).  RMAC foes Adams State and CSU Pueblo tied for sixth with 51 while the CMU club squad was eighth with 39.

Individually, Lily Borgenheimer won her second and third events of the 2-day meet, claiming the 200-yard individual medley and 200 breast in NCAA provisional qualifying times.  She finished the 200 IM in 2:06.12 (2:04.92-altitude adjusted) and the 200 breast in 2:16.60 (2:15.40-converted).

Meanwhile, Ben Sampson also won his fourth event of the weekend, winning the 200 back in 1:48.61 (1:47.41-converted).  He also finished second in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.48.

Both finished as the meet’s high point scorers with Sampson racking up 97 points to lead all men.  Borgenheimer racked up 86 to lead all swimmers from all eight women’s teams.

Their exploits were far from the only highlights of the day for the Mavericks, who had four runner-up and six third place finishes throughout a strong day.

In the women’s 500 free, freshman Olivia Hansson and redshirt senior Amelia Kinnard both set NCAA Division II “B” cut times.  Hansson finished third in 5:06.04 (5:01.04-converted) and quickly moved into the No. 7 spot in program history.  Kinnard, who ranks second in CMU lore, was just behind in 5:08.48 (5:03.48-converted).

Elsewhere, Dejan Urbanek finished second in the 200 fly with a time of 1:51.99 while John Walgast was fifth in 1:56.06.

Meanwhile, Kuba Kiszczak was third in both the 50 breast (25.84) and 500 free (4:40.80) while graduate transfer Kyle Benjamin took fourth in the latter with a time of 4:43.26.

Davy Brown finished third in the 200 IM at 2:09.19 before Lauren White took second in the 100 free, touching in 53.17 seconds.  Mado Elkady was third in the 100 free with a time of 46.22 seconds for the Maverick men while Jeremy Koch took fourth in the 200 back, supporting Sampson in 1:52.50.

In the relays, the CMU men went 3-5 in the 200 medley relay team as the “A” team of Sampson, Mauricio Posadas, Urbanek and Elkady finished in 1:31.42.

White, Borgenheimer, Kiara Borchardt and Ruby Bottai finished fourth in the women’s half of the discipline with a time of 1:46.46.

At the end of the day, White, Bottai, Ada Qunell and Logan Anderson finished fourth in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:33.12 while Elkady, Felipe D’Orsi, Kiszczak and freshman Jackson Moe finished second in the men’s event after combining for a time of 3:04.30.

In diving, Kyra Apodaca finished sixth on the 1-meter board with an 11-dive score of 381.10 points.  Tori Nguyen finished ninth with a score of 361.70 points.  Isaiah Cheeks was tenth for the Maverick men on the 3-meter board with a score of 391.75 points.

CMU will continue the young season next Saturday competing in the Denver Relays.

Courtesy: Air Force Athletics

GRAND JUNCTION – The women’s swim and dive team placed second in a field of eight teams in the 2022-23 season opening Intermountain Shootout, Saturday afternoon at the El Pomar Natatorium on the campus of Colorado Mesa. The Falcons claimed five first-place finishes in the event.

1. Brigham Young University – 1041
2. Air Force – 862.5
3. Colorado Mesa University – 727.5
4. Grand Canyon University – 605.5
5. Northern Colorado – 588.5
6. Colorado State-Pueblo – 51
6. Adams State University Women – 51
8. CMU Club Team – 39

The Falcons were exceptional in their relay races as they claimed a share of the top-three in each relay event, highlighted by first place finishes in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. The Falcons had relay teams place second and third in the 200 free relay, and second in the 400 medley relay.

Kara GavinAddie OrrisRaquelle Roesch and Abby Turner claimed first in the 400 free relay (3:31.22), while Kai-Min TsueiKimmy WoolfendenCorbyn Cormack and Abby Turner took the top spot in the 200 medley relay (1:45.52).

Air Force’s MVP from last season, Corbyn Cormack, led the Falcons with a pair of first place finishes in the 100 IM (59.03) and 100 fly (56.61).

Freshman Zoe Bresnahan had an exceptional performance, tallying 45 team points for the Falcons with third, fourth and fifth placings in the 1,000 free (10:35.19), the 400 IM (4:35.93), and the 500 free (5:12.32), respectively.

Abby Turner tallied 20 teams points for AF with a top finish in the 100 free (53.01).

Corinne Yorkman and Abigail Hardy posted second-place finishes in the 200 back (2:05.44) and 200 fly (2:07.11), respectively.

Alex Clark (200 fly/2:08.02), and Shayla Markle (100 fly/57.44) each scored 16 team points with third-place finishes.

Grace Treanor had the top performance on the dive team, finishing fifth in both the 1M (406.55) and 3M (236.70). Anna Scofield landed among the top-10 in both events, placing seventh in the 1M (279.30) and eighth in the 3M (207.25). Ashlyn Foster placed 10th in the 3M (203.95).

“What an amazing start to the season. Our depth and versatility were on display this weekend.  The team truly stepped up and raced and dove extremely well.”

“Our relays were exceptional this weekend, they truly came together as a team and exceeded our expectations.”

Air Force opens Cadet Natatorium for the first time this season to host Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado-Mines in tri-meet action. Swimming is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

GRAND JUNCTION – The men’s swim and dive team swam to a third-place finish of a field of six at the season opening Intermountain Shootout, Friday and Saturday at the El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction, Colorado. Air Force saw two first-place finishes and 11 finishes in the top three.

1. Brigham Young University – 1140.5
2. Colorado Mesa University – 873
3. Air Force – 800.5
4. Grand Canyon University – 704
5. Adams State University Men – 186
6. CMU Club Team – 130

The WAC’s 2021-22 swimmer of the year Wen Zhang was in midseason form with four individual top-three finishes in four events highlighted by a pair of first-place finishes. Zhang raced to first in the 200 free (1:38.09) and 100 free (44.38). He finished second in the 500 free (4:34.67) and 50 free (20.30). Each time marked a Div. II B-Cut.

Grant Afman and Joseph Moore had solid showings in the pool with a pair of podium finishes each. Afman placed second in the 50 fly (22.41) and third in the 100 fly (24.10).  Moore placed third in the 200 (1:54.51) fly and 400 IM (4:09.62).

Sophomore standout diver Alex Kenyon led the Falcons with a second-place finish on the 3-meter (538.85) and a third-place finish in the 1-meter (292.15).

Teammates Doug Cambell (7th/ 268.85), Erik Pfaffenbichler (9th/264.80) also earned team points for the squad.

Zhang, Gabe Bartolomei, Grant Afman, and John Plutt scored 32 team points with a third-place finish in the 400 free relay.

Air Force opens Cadet Natatorium for the first time this season to host Nebraska-Omaha and Colorado-Mines in tri-meet action. Swimming is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

Final Scores – Women

  1. BYU, 1041
  2. Air Force, 862.5
  3. Colorado Mesa, 727.5
  4. Grand Canyon, 605.5
  5. Northern Colorado, 588.5
  6. CSU-Pueblo / Adams State, 51
  7. CMU Club Team, 39

Final Scores – Men

  1. BYU, 1140.5
  2. Colorado Mesa, 873
  3. Air Force, 800.5
  4. Grand Canyon, 704
  5. Adams State, 186
  6. CMU Club Team, 130

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