Grand Canyon Picks up Win Against BYU

Grand Canyon vs Brigham Young

  • Saturday, January 13th
  • Fr Edward J. Reese Aquatic Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Short course yards
  • Results

Team Scores


  • GCU – 188
  • BYU – 112


  • GCU – 158.5
  • BYU – 141.5

Grand Canyon had their Senior Day against BYU on Saturday, January 13th. GCU swimmers released the video below after the meet.

GCU’s women rolled to a win over BYU, while the men won in a much tighter meet. BYU’s men were fueled by 1-2-3 finishes in both the diving events. They also had 3 individual wins, all from Preston Jenkins.

Jenkins won the 100 free, 200 free, 200 IM, posting his fastest time in a dual meet this season. His time of 45.41 was just off his overall season best of 45.19, which he swam at the Pacific Invite in October. In the 200 free, he went a 1:39.52, which was the first time under 1:40 in a non-invite this season. His 1:52.28 in the 200 IM was also his 2nd fastest time overall this season, but still sits 5 seconds behind his season best.

Mark Nikolaev unsurprisingly won the 100 and 200 back, but was noticeably off his usual times. His 100 back time of 49.66 was his slowest time of the season by 1.16 seconds, and his 200 time of 1:52.33 was his slowest of the season by 2 seconds. Nikolaev has the fastest time in the NCAA this season in the 100 (44.99).

Estela Davis Ortiz picked up 3 wins and 2 season bests on Saturday. She won the 200 back in a time of 2:01.47, .2 seconds faster than her previous season best. She also won the 200 fly in 2:04.38, her fastest time this season by .17 seconds. In the 100 fly, Davis Ortiz won with a time of 57.37, which was her 2nd fastest time of the season behind her 56.59 from November.

Event Winners


  • 200 medley relay: GCU (Glavnyk, Christianson, Davis Ortiz, Mohsen) – 1:45.76
  • 1000 free: Casey Cunningham (BYU) – 10:47.67
  • 200 free: Roaia Mashaly (GCU) – 1:52.20
  • 100 back: Iryna Glavnyk (GCU) – 57.01
  • 100 breast: Alyssa Christianson (GCU) – 1:05.64
  • 200 fly: Estela Davis Ortiz (GCU) – 2:04.38
  • 50 free: Samiha Mohsen (GCU) – 23.78
  • 100 free: Samiha Mohsen (GCU) – 52.42
  • 200 back: Estela Davis Ortiz (GCU) – 2:01.47
  • 200 breast: Alyssa Christianson (GCU) – 2:19.49
  • 500 free: Roaia Mashaly (GCU) – 5:03.17
  • 100 fly: Estela Davis Ortiz (GCU) – 57.37
  • 200 IM: Alyssa Christianson (GCU) – 2:08.60
  • 200 free relay: GCU (Jaruseviciute, Mashaly, Howard, Mohsen) – 1:35.39
  • 1 meter diving: Mennattalah Elmidany (GCU) – 259.65
  • 3 meter diving: Lizzie Holmes (BYU) – 278.78


  • 200 medley relay: GCU (Nikolaev, El Kamash, Antipov, El Kamash) – 1:29.02
  • 1000 free: Wiktor Jaszczak (GCU) – 9:40.02
  • 200 free: Preston Jenkins (BYU) – 1:39.52
  • 100 back: Mark Nikolaev (GCU) – 49.66
  • 100 breast: Youssef El Kamash (GCU) – 55.85
  • 200 fly: Daniil Antipov (GCU) – 1:50.99
  • 50 free: Bogdan Plavin (GCU) – 20.83
  • 100 free: Preston Jenkins (BYU) – 45.41
  • 200 back: Mark Nikolaev (GCU) – 1:52.33
  • 200 breast: Youssef El Kamash (GCU) – 2:05.20
  • 500 free: Wiktor Jaszczak (GCU) – 4:40.85
  • 100 fly: Daniil Antipov (GCU) – 49.76
  • 200 IM: Preston Jenkins (BYU) – 1:52.28
  • 200 free relay: GCU (Plavin, Kertesz, El Kamash, El Kamash) – 1:22.78
  • 1 meter diving: Nathan Gonzales (BYU) – 350.33
  • 3 meter diving: Bryce Farrabee (BYU) – 344.10

Press Release – Grand Canyon:

PHOENIX–The Grand Canyon men’s and women’s swimming and diving team swam their final home meet of 2018 this Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s team come away with victories against Brigham Young University from Provo, Utah at the Fr Edward J. Reese Aquatic Center at Brophy Catholic College Preparatory.

The men came out on top against BYU by a score of (158.50-141.50), while the women blew away the Cougars, defeating BYU (188-112) capping off a successful and bittersweet senior day for our 13 seniors.

In an emotional meet on senior day and close finish leading up to the final event.  Head coach Steve Schaffer was very happy with how the team competed and finished strong.

“A great meet to close out our seniors home career.” Schaffer said, “It was a very strong win for our women and the men got the job done in a very close meet.”

A very close meet is right, as the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Bogdan PlavinViktor KerteszYoussef El Kamash and Mazen El Kamash captured the win over with a first place time of (1:22.78), putting the nail in the coffin and ending senior day with smiles all around Fr Edward J. Reese Aquatic Center.

Mark NikolaevYoussef El KamashDaniil Antipov and Mazen El Kamash gave the Lopes an early lead, winning the 200 yard medley relay for GCU with a time of (1:29.02).

Youssef El Kamash also placed first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of (55.85) and in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of (2:05.20), while Daniil Antipov came out on top in the 200 yard butterfly with a first place time of (1:50.99).

Additional first place finishes for the Lopes were Bogdan Plavin winning the 50 yard freestyle with a time of (20.83), Wiktor Jaszczak placing first in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of (9:40.02) and in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of (4:40.85).

The Lopes also showed command finishing in the top four in the 100 yard backstroke with Mark Nikolaev(49,66), Eran Ber (52.29), Trent Trump (52.42) and Cameron Carney (53.31).

The women’s 200 yard medley relay team of Iryna GlavnykAlyssa ChristiansonEstela Davis Ortiz and Samiha Mohsen started senior day with a victory, finishing in first with a time of (1:45.76).

Davis Ortiz continued to have quite the day in her last home meet as a Lope, winning the 200 yard butterfly with a time of (2:04.38) and the 200 yard backstroke with a time of (2:01.47).

Iryna GlavnykAlyssa ChristiansonEstela Davis Ortiz and Samiha Mohsen won the 200 Yard Medley Relay for GCU with a time of (1:45.76).

In the 50 yard freestyle, GCU had three swimmers place in the top three, with Samiha Mohsen (23.78), Diana Jaruseviciute (23.85) and Jade Howard (24.67).

Mohsen also placed first in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of (52.42) while Glavnyk won the 100 yard backstroke with a time of (57.01) and Roaia Mashaly coming out on top in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of (1:52.20).

The Lopes are back in action next on Jan. 27 in Las Vegas, as they take on UNLV and the University of Wyoming, before heading to Houston for the WAC Championships.

“We still have a lot to get done to be ready for the WAC Championships and the post season, but we are racing very well.” Schaffer said, “Hopefully we can build on this and have a very good meet at UNLV.”

Press Release – BYU:

PHOENIX – Although the Cougars swept two diving events in both the men’s 1-meter and 3-meter, it was not enough as the BYU swim and dive team fell to Grand Canyon University in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at the Fr Edward J. Reese Aquatic Center.

“For the first meet of the new year and everyone being sick, we swam and dove well,” BYU head coach John Brooks said. “We started off a bit rocky but really dug deep. A big thank you to retired coach Keith Russell for coming in place of our diving head coach Tyce Routson.”

In the men’s 1-meter, Nathan Gonzales took first with a score of 350.33 while Bryce Farabee earned his first zone qualifying score of the season in second with a 318.23. Matt Denkers followed in third place with a 308.48. In the men’s 3-meter, Bryce Farabee took first, earning another zone qualifying score and new career high of 344.10. Gonzales took second at 337.73 and Denkers followed with a zone qualifying score of 320.55.

Freshman Elizabeth Holmes earned first place and a new season high in the women’s 3-meter with a 278.78. Morgan Mellow also recorded a new season high of 259.73, earning third place. In the women’s 1-meter, Holmes took second with a new season high of 232.50 while Mellow took third with 227.25.

In the women’s 1000-yard freestyle, Casey Cunningham earned her first first-place win of the season with a time of 10:47.67 and Katia Quezada took second at 10:49.85. Cunningham also earned second place in the women’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.32 and the 500-yard freestyle at 5:10.82.

Haley Bertoldo took second in the women’s 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.41, followed by Emma Richards Lythgoe in third place at 1:00.30. Bertoldo also took second place in the 200-yard back with a time of 2:05.87.

Senior captain Preston Jenkins earned first place in three events, including a new GCU pool record in the men’s 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.52. Jenkins also posted a first-place time in the 100-yard freestyle at 45.41 and the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:52.28.

Nathan Rogers earned three new season highs in the meet including a second-place win the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:07.02. In the men’s 200-yard butterfly, Rogers recorded a time of 1:52.00 for third place while earning another third-place win in the 200-yard IM at 1:54.59.

Before the final regular season meet, the swim team seniors will be honored at the BYU men’s basketball game on Jan. 18. The Cougar swim team will finish out its regular season on Jan. 27 in a dual meet at the University of Utah. The dive team will also compete against Utah but has its final meet the following week at the Air Force Academy. Live stats will be available on the schedule page.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments