BYU swimming: last home meets of the season, senior night

By Jared Houghton

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 1:02 p.m. MST

PROVO, Utah — BYU swimming and diving will honor its 11 seniors Saturday against the University of Denver, a day after the women host Oregon State at the Richards Building Pool.

The women’s swimming team will host the Beavers on Friday at 5 p.m. MST, and the meet against the Pioneers will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. MST.

The men’s team will honor seniors Gary Arthur, Samuel Bates, Garret Beaman and Brady Wells. The women’s team will honor seniors Kassandra Bispo, Dayna Christensen, Londyn Clawson, Alina Fong, Amanda Heninger, Melissa Manser and Taryn Toolson Lewis.

“We are thrilled to honor the seniors that we have on this team,” head coach John Brooks said. “They have put a lot of time and effort in the past four years and they have really been a great example to our underclassmen.”

The women’s team last faced Oregon State back in 2003 where they fell 131-106. BYU holds a 5-2 record overall against the Beavers in dual meets and are 3-1 in the Richards Building Pool. The first meet between the two schools took place in 1981. The Beavers do not have a dive team, so this meet will consist of 13 events instead of the typical 16-event schedule.

“Oregon State will be great competition for us,” Brooks said. “They are a Pac-12 school with a lot of talent, and it will be good for our girls to race against them on Friday night.”

Last year the teams traveled to Denver and fell in a close meet. The men lost 194.5-105.5 and the women lost 158-142. In the meet, Kimberly Welch Doroghian swept the 100 and 200 fly and the men’s 400-relay team took first. The men hold a 1-1 record all-time and the women are 2-1 all-time against the Pioneers.

“Denver has been a really strong team in the past couple of years,” Brooks said. “They have been ranked in the top 25 and have consistently performed well this year. This will be a great test for us as we prepare for conference coming up soon.”

Both the men and women are coming off a loss to Arizona State this past weekend. Despite the teams losing, Preston Jenkins won the 100 and 200 back, Jordan Fletcher won the 50 free and Hayden Palmer won the 200 IM.

This will be the last meet for the swimming teams before the MPSF Conference Championships, which will take place Feb. 20-23 at the Belmont Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The diving teams have two meets remaining on their schedule.

Check the women’s schedule page for results of the two 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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