BYU swimming goes 1-1

Natalie Bothwell
The BYU women’s team defeated UNLV in a meet on Friday night. They fell to UC Davis during Saturday’s swim meet. (Natalie Bothwell)

The BYU men’s swim team beat CMU while the women’s team fell to UC Davis Saturday morning in Provo.

“Payton Sorensen posted one of the top-15 times in the country with his 50 free,” BYU head coach John Brooks said in a press release following the meet. “We had a lot of our men swimming in off-events, so they were able to learn some new things and that was very helpful for them.”

The men’s team swept the 200-yard medley relay, the 50-yard freestyle , 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly. Jake Taylor continued his winning ways by placing first in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard freestyle with times of 57.08 and 45.24 respectively. Rainier Ng won the 100-yard backstroke posting a time of 49.81 and the 200-yard backstroke with a finishing time of 1:52.23. Sorensen won the 50-yard freestyle posting a 20.43; one of the fastest times in the country.

The women’s team lost to UC Davis in a close match. Vanessa Moffatt stood out for the women’s team by taking first in the 1000-yard and 500-yard freestyle with winning times of 10:38.03 and 5:08.56 respectively. A team comprised of Ellie Thornbrue, Katie Smith, Alora Foliaki and Brenna Dickson placed first in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“We had a handful of swimmers from our women’s team that recorded lifetime best’s today,” Brooks said. “Vanessa did a really good job in the 500 and 1000 free events.”

The BYU men’s dive team swept the 1-meter dive with Matt Denkers placing in first place, Kevin Dreeson placing in second place and Jordan Tuckfield placing in third. The men also swept the 3-meter dive with Dreeson in first, Denkers in second and Tuckfield in third.

Ali Tippetts-Kottcamp took home first in the 3-meter dive for the women’s team.



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