Swim and dive sends seniors off with big wins

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The BYU swim and dive teams went three for three over the weekend. The women’s team beat Oregon State on Friday, and both teams defeated the University of Denver on Saturday.

The women’s team had its first win of the season on Friday, and its second win of the season on Saturday.

“The win last night gave us some confidence, (which) gave us some confidence to win today,” senior Kassandra Bispo said. “It was definitely a really successful weekend, and all the girls are really excited about that.”

Bispo won the 100 breast stroke and was on the winning 200 medley relay team. Bispo, as a senior, was also recognized as a part of senior night Saturday.

“You watch all your previous seniors get recognized, it’s an honor,” Bispo said. “It was a bittersweet moment, and to unite as seniors, it was fun. It was exciting racing for the last time at the BYU pool.”

Senior night was a bittersweet moment for the rest of the team as well.

“It was sad to see them go, but it is also a happy thing too,” sophomore Hayden Palmer said. “You work out with these people every day, and you do all these challenging things together and go through difficult trials. You grow really close with them.”

The men had an eventful day as well, snagging a clutch win by two points in the last seconds of the meet.

Palmer recounted his teammates telling him before his 200 IM that if he did not win his race, the team could not win the meet.

“The freestyle came and he (a swimmer from Denver) was still a little ahead of me, and in the last 25 (meters) I knew that I could take him down,” Palmer said. “From all of my hardwork and practice I knew that I could do it, and I didn’t want to let the team down.”

After Palmer’s win, the final men’s relay team swam and won the meet for the Cougars.

“It wasn’t just one person or one race that won the meet, we all came together as a team and it was everyone’s win,” Palmer said.

The Cougars will prepare for the conference meet which will take place from February 20 to 23.

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