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The BYU Swim and Dive team competed in a dual meet in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend and were beat out by Grand Canyon University.

“For the first meet of the new year and everyone being sick, we swam and dove well,” said coach John Brooks. “We started off a bit rocky, but really dug deep. A big thank you to retired coach Keith Russell for coming in place of our diving head coach Tyce Routson.”

Nathan Gonzales placed first in the men’s 1-meter and Matt Denkers took third. In the same event, Bryce Farabee earned his first zone qualifying score.

Farabee also placed first in the men’s 3-meter with Gonzales coming in at second and Denkers earning a zone qualifying score.

In the women’s 3-meter, Elizabeth Holmes placed first while recording a new season high. Morgan Mellow also recorded a new season high and earned third place. Holmes took second in the women’s 1-meter, while Mellows came in third.

Casey Cunningham placed first for the first time n the women’s 1000-yard freestyle and Katia Quezada earned second place. Cunningham also took second place in the women’s 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

In the women’s 100-yard back Haley Bertoldo earned second place and Emma Richards Lythgoe took third place. Bertoldo also placed second in the 200-yard back.

Senior captain Preston Jenkins took first place in three events and set a new GCU pool record in the men’s 200-yard freestyle. The remaining two first-place events include the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard IM.

Another stand-out performance includes that of Nathan Rogers who earned three new season highs with a second place win in the 200-yard breaststroke. His remaining season highs came from the men’s 200-yard butterfly, where he earned third and a third-place win in the 200-yard IM.

The swim team seniors will be recognized Jan. 18 at the BYU men’s basketball game against Loyola Marymount. The team will also participate in another swim meet on Jan. 27 at the University of Utah.

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