The BYU men’s and women’s swimming teams competed back in Provo after spending two days in Stockton, Calif., where both teams performed well.
BYU swam against teams from the University of the Pacific, University of San Diego and Stanford where the women held a comfortable lead until the last event with a total score of 1129. The men’s team earned 829.5 points, which earned them second after Stanford’s 1055.5 points.
BYU started off strong with wins in the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley relay. Hailey Campbell, Kassy Bispo, Kim Welch and Taryn Toolson finished with a time of 1:45:26, while the men’s team of Jordan Fletcher, Brady Wells, David Armstrong and Garret Beaman earned a time of 1:34.23.
BYU continued to place first in most of the relay events. The women’s team of Candice Smith, Toolson, Campbell and Welch had a final time of 3:31.76 in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Dani Bates, Ryan Krause, Fletcher and Beaman finished with their time of 3:08.94 in the same relay for the men .
Andrea Grant, Toolson, Welch and Campbell stole one more relay win in the 200-yard freestyle with 1:36.21.
The women’s team showed off promising individual performances and wins by Toolson, Welch, Campbell and Smith. Toolson had her final time of 23.81 in the 50-yard freestyle. Welch won the 200-yard butterfly with 2:05.75, 200-yard IM with 2:08.63 and 100-yard butterfly with 56.57.
The 100-yard backstroke event was won by Campbell with her final time of 57.17, and Smith finished closely behind her with 57.64. Similarly, in the 200-yard backstroke, Campbell and Smith were the top competitors but this time Smith took first with her time of 2:04.16 and Campbell in second with 2:04.55.
Later on in the meet, Allie Dodds took first in the 500-yard freestyle event with her time of 5:04.94.
Rafael Alfaro showed high performances for the men’s team and took first in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:05.20 and in the 100-yard backstroke with 58.73.
The men’s team continued to set high standards with Stott Bushnell who took first in the 200-yard freestyle with 1:42.64. Bates came right behind in second with 1:42.93. Fletcher later took first in the 40-yard freestyle with his time of 20.83.
The swimming and diving teams get a couple more weeks to train before the next invite in Los Angeles and the next meet at the Richards Building pool on Nov. 4.