The BYU Cougars and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors both took home conference titles after maintaining their lead during the final night of the MPSF Swimming and Diving Championships at East LA College. This is the first MPSF title for the Hawaii women, and swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi was named MPSF Swimmer of the meet after breaking three MPSF records (50 Free, 100 Free and 200 Free).
Pacific’s Margaux Verger Gourson touched first in the 1650 Free in 16:10.41 ahead of Hawaii freshman Kira Webster (16:31.46) and UC Davis’ Marissa Brown (16:46.25). On the men’s side, Hawaii’s Victor Goicoechea claimed first in an NCAA B qualifying time of 15:04.89 ahead of Pacific’s Brandon Chandler (15:27.46). Following up for third was Cal Poly’s Austin Cunniff in 15:30.52.
The BYU women stepped up in the 200 Back for a first and third place finish. Cougar Haley Bertoldo took home the win in an NCAA B cut of 1:56.83 ahead of UC Davis senior Hilary Hunt (1:58.56). Touching third was Bertoldo‘s teammate Ciera Keller in 1:59.92. BYU continued the winning streak with a first-place finish and new MPSF meet record by Jake Taylor in the men’s event (1:41.15). He touched ahead of a 2-3 UCSB finish by teammates Billy Mullis (1:45.83) and Dylan Kubick (1:45.86).
Another MPSF record fell in the women’s 100 Free, with Hawaii’s Jasmine Alkhaldi taking the event in 48.87 ahead of UCSB junior Lauren Voesseler (49.83). Following up for third was San Diego’s Jackie Taylor in 50.06. UCSB senior Wade Allen led a 1-2 Gaucho charge in the men’s event, touching in 43.15 for the win ahead of teammate Chase Lemley (44.44). Lemley touched just ahead of fourth-place Hawaii sophomore Yuri Samouilich (44.53).
Gaucho junior Katie Records took the 200 Breast for UCSB in 2:14.00, just fifteen one-hundredths of a second ahead of San Diego’s Brianna Jurries (2:14.15). Following up for third was Cal Poly’s Sage Speak in 2:15.99. On the men’s side, UCSB junior Andres Castilleja touched first in an NCAA B cut of 1:56.68 ahead of BYU’s Stephen Richards (1:58.22) and Cal Poly’s Paolo Stanchi 1:59.30.
UC Davis’ Hilvy Cheung took home a win for the Aggies in the 200 Fly with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:57.35. Touching second was Hawaii’s Sofija Djelic in 2:01.28 ahead of UCSB senior Heren Alanis (2:02.30). UCSB junior Mickey Mowry claimed a win for the Gauchos in the men’s event, touching in 1:44.95. Hawaii senior Eduard Esgaib Vas Guimaraes followed up for second in 1:45.93, while Mowry‘s teammate Chris Nolan took third in 1:46.28.
Hawaii swept the women’s platform event, with the Rainbow Warriors grabbing the top three scores. The charge was led by Genevieve Bradley with an NCAA A qualifying score of 228.95 points. Her teammates Aimee Harrison (214.85 points) and Monica Gavaris (212.90 points) scored second and third, respectively. The Rainbow Warriors continued their winning streak with a 1-2 sweep in the platform event. Hawaii’s Amund Gismervik took the top spot with an NCAA qualifying score of 412.50 points. His teammate Eric Klassen followed up for second with 276.40 points.
The Hawaii women took the 400 Free Relay to close out the meet, swimming to a 3:20.96 ahead of UCSB’s A team (3:21.67). In the men’s event, the Gaucho A team claimed first (2:55.67) ahead of Hawaii’s A team (2:57.06).
Here are the final scores through the last event:
1. Hawaii – 747 points
2. UC Davis – 632 points
3. UCSB – 585.5 points
4. BYU – 471.5 points
5. Pacific – 429 points
6. San Diego – 362 points
7. Cal Poly – 288 points
1. BYU – 830.5
2. UCSB – 774.5 points
3. Hawaii – 721 points
4. Cal Poly – 491 points
5. Pacific – 358 points
For full meet results, click here.