Swim and dive teams start the season off strong


The BYU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams invited their alumni back to the Richards Building swimming pool for the annual Blue and White meet on Friday.

“We got a good showing from some of our new swimmers and had a lot of our returners do really well,” BYU head coach Tim Powers said. “All in all, it was a fun meet and it was great to see some of our old swimmers and have them compete against our team.”

The 200 medley relay started off the night with Hailey Campbell, Londyn Clawson, Dani Vaughan and Taryn Toolson taking first with a time of 1:46.52. Nui Harris, Brady Wells, David Armstrong and Ryan Krause took first for the men’s team with a time of 1:34.24.

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Photo by Luke Hansen The BYU swiming and diving teams invited alumni to the annual Blue and White meet on Friday.
Teams were then combined with men and women to compete in the 1,000 free. Marnie Knoop took first for the women with a time of 10:56:01, and Sammy Bates came in first with his time of 10:13:77.

“It was a tough week of practice, but it was worth it because the meet ended up being lots of fun,”sophomore Jessy Ampuero said. “The adrenaline was up there, the spirit was up there and everyone performed at their best level.”

In the 50 free, Jordan Fletcher won the men’s first heat with his time of 21.22, and alumni and former All-American Brett Allen took first in the second heat with a time of 20.63.

Across the deck, Brandon Watson showed who was boss in both the 1- and 3-meter with scores of 376.95 and 450.23 for the men. For the women, Syrena Miskin grabbed first place with a score of 317.18 in the 3-meter competition, while Dayna Christensen won the 1-meter with her score of 291.00.

After the diving break, Toolson grabbed another first place win in the 100 free with a time of 52.6,6 and transfer Garret Beaman won the men’s heat with a time of 47.00.

The 200 free relay finished off the final event where the team of Allie Dodds, Meghan O’Very, Campbell and Toolson took first for the women’s heat with a time of 1:38.85. Dani Bates, Garret Beaman, Mitch Allphin and Fletcher reached for first place right ahead of the alumni team with a time of 1:24.48 for the men’s team.

The men’s and women’s team next head to Stockton, Calif., for the Pacific Invitational on Oct. 14.

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