The BYU swim and dive teams successfully competed in their first official meet of the season at the Intermountain Shootout hosted by Colorado Mesa University Oct. 3–4.
“Overall we had a lot of nice swims,” Coach John Brooks said. “The races that we didn’t win were all really close, so we did a great job. We had nice swims on both days, and this is a great start to the season.”
The men’s team won three of its dual-meets, defeating Air Force, Colorado Mesa University and Colorado Mesa University Club, while losing to the University of Utah. The women defeated Colorado Mesa while losing to Utah.
The women’s 200-yard medley relay team of Ciera Marsh Keller, Riley Buer, Emily To’o and Alora Foliaki got things started with a third-place finish in the first event of the day.
Michael King, Jake Taylor, Rainer Ng and McKay King recorded a second-place finish in the men’s 200 medley relay with a time of 1:30.95.
True freshman Vanessa Moffatt picked up BYU’s first win of the event, recording a 1:54.62 in the women’s 200-yard freestyle, showing spectators what swimming is all about.
Taylor picked up a second-place finish in the men’s 200 free, finishing in 1:40.69.
Hayden Palmer, Luis Ventura and Rafael Alfaro picked up top-five finishes in the men’s 400 individual medley. Palmer turned in a second-place finish with a 4:02.53, and Ventura took fourth in 4:06.00. Alfaro finished just behind Ventura with a 4:06.73.
Foliaki, Keller and To’o finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the women’s 50 free. Foliaki finished in 24:42, Keller just behind her at 24:97 and To’o at 25:03.
Haley Bertoldo finished in 58:10 in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, good enough for a fifth-place finish.
Taylor won the men’s 100 back with a 48:95, and Ng finished second, turning in a 50:12 finish.
Moffatt finished second in the grueling 1,650 free, with a 17:50.19. Ventura took third in men’s 1,650 free, with a 16:06.33.
For the dive team, Haley Francois Quinn finished third in the one-meter with a score of 219.60. Ali Tippets finished sixth, with a 202.40.
Kevin Dreesen recorded a second-place finish in the men’s three-meter, scoring 303.45. Nathan Gonzales finished third, with a 280.15.
The women’s 200 free relay team of Alexandria Sorensen, Marsh, To’o and Foliaki got things started on Saturday, taking second place with a time of 1:38.72. The men’s 200 free relay made up of Taylor, Levi Jensen, Ng and Alfaro also tallied a second-place time with a 1:24.28.
Michael King finished third in the men’s 50 breast, with a time of 26.30; coming in right behind him was Chad Sorensen, who touched the wall in 26.73.
Buer finished fourth in the women’s 200 IM in 2:11.70, and just a couple seconds behind her for a fifth place finish was Lillian Moore, who came in at 2:13.07. The men’s team took the two top spots in the men’s 200 individual medley. Palmer took first with a time of 1:52.28, and coming in behind him for second place was Taylor, at 1:52.58.
Taylor won the men’s 200 back, finishing with a time of 1:51.28, and Sorensen was able to take third in the men’s 200 breast, touching the wall in 2:07.29.
Hanna Skaggs finished with a third-place time of 2:25.87 in the women’s 200 breast, and just behind her was Buer, finishing fourth with a time 2:27.09.
Both the men and women’s 400 free relay teams took third in their respective events. The women’s team, made up of Emily Harris, Lauren Taylor, Moffatt and Sydney Dahl, recorded a time of 3:37.73. For the men it was Taylor, McKay King, Ventura and Alfaro touching the wall, with a time of 3:04.96.
Both dive teams had a good Saturday, with the women finishing second and third in the three-meter. Mackenzie Rands scored a 258.15 and Quinn a 252.60. For the men, true freshman Gonzales won the one-meter event, scoring a 318.20 in the first meet of his career.
The women’s team heads to California in a couple of weeks to compete against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Oct. 25, at noon with the men’s next meet in Las Vegas against UNLV on Nov. 8 at noon.