BYU swimming and diving: swimmers and divers split up this weekend

By Jared Houghton

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14 2012 1:40 p.m. MST

PROVO, UTAH – After a week of training, the swimming and diving teams split up this weekend and travel to different meets. The swimming teams will participate in the Arena Invitational on Nov. 15-17, while the diving teams will participate in the Wildcat Diving Invite on Nov. 16-17.

SWIMMING

Preston Jenkins and Kimberly Welch Doroghian look to lead the men’s and women’s swimming teams at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.

“We are excited that the format will be championship style with finals and a little rest in between races,” head coach John Brooks said. “We will be swimming against some fast teams and some of the best swimmers in the country. It will be a great experience for us.”

Last year the men’s team finished eighth, scoring 424 points, and the women’s team finished ninth, scoring 462 points. Joining BYU at the meet will be fellow MPSF conference opponents Cal Poly, Loyola Marymount, Hawaii, Air Force, UCSB, UCD and CSUB.

So far this season, the Cougars have four swimmers who have had two or more first-place finishes on the season. Jenkins leads the team with five, Hayden Palmer has three and Hailey Campbell and Doroghian both have two.

Five swimmers also have top times in the MPSF conference this season. For the women, Campbell has the top time in the 200 back, while Alexandria Sorensen has the top time in the 50 free. On the men’s side, Palmer has the top time in the 400 IM, Brady Wells has the top time in the 100 breast and Brent Murray has the top time in the 50 free. The men’s 200 free relay team consisting of Garret Beaman, Wells, Payton Sorenson and Murray also hold the top time in the conference.

Check the meet homepage for more information about the meet.

DIVING

Nicholas Suder and Dayna Christensen will lead the divers in the Wildcat Invitational hosted by the University of Arizona. The Wildcat Diving Invitational will take place at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

Joining the divers at the meet will be fellow MPSF conference opponent UNLV.

Last year at the meet, Christensen took second in the 3-m against some of the top divers in the country and looks to build on that success this year.

Suder has won every diving event this year in dual meets for the Cougars. He swept the 3-m and the 1-m against Hawaii and UNLV. Edward Young took third in both events at Hawaii and second in the 1-m against UNLV. For the women, Christensen took first in the 3-m against UNLV and against Hawaii. Raleigh Williams Taylor took second in the 3-m and third in the 1-m against UNLV.

Check on the BYU men’s schedule page for results of both meets.

Jared Houghton is a Sports Information Director who works in the BYU Athletic Communications with the men's and women's swimming teams. He can be reached at swimming_sid@byu.edu for questions relating to swimming.

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