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BYU swimming: women race past Oregon State

By Jared Houghton

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Jan. 18 2013 8:03 p.m. MST

PROVO, Utah — The BYU women's swimming and diving team won 11 of 13 events en route to beating Oregon State 137-95 on Friday night at the Richards Building Pool.

"We want to thank Oregon State for coming and wish them luck tomorrow against Utah," head coach John Brooks said. "I'm very proud of our girls and the way they performed tonight. It was our first win of the season and against a Pac-12 school. It is good momentum for us going into tomorrow. I thought seniors Londyn (Clawson) and Taryn (Toolson Lewis) both swam well tonight and helped our team a lot."

The meet started off with the 200 medley relay where the team of Londyn Clawson, Mallory Harris, Zerlynn Tiang and Sarah Bushnell came in first with a time of 1:47.57.

Following the 200 medley relay, Alina Fong tapped the wall first for the Cougars in the 1000 free followed by Camille Okelberry. Fong finished second with a time of 10.47.56 and Okelberry finished in third with a time of 10.53.15.

In the next two events, BYU finished 1-2. Alia Welsh placed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.28 for her first win of the season. Andrea Grant finished in second with a time of 1:55.49. Taryn Toolson Lewis and Alexandria Sorensen finished first and second in the 50 free with times of 23.76 and 23.86, respectively.

Just before the first break, the Cougars finished second through fifth in the 200 IM. Jessica Ampuero came in second with a time of 2:06.25, Kassandra Bispo was third with a time of 2:10.65, Alexandra Dodds was fourth with a time of 2:13.00 and Harris finished in fifth with a time of 2:14.11.

Across the deck in the diving pool, the divers dove against themselves because the Beavers don't have a dive team. Dayna Christensen swept the 1-m and the 3-m events, scoring 283.35 and 287.70, respectively. Raleigh Williams Taylor finished second in the 1-m with a score of 260.70 and fourth in the 3-m with a score of 236.02. Mackenzie Rands finished second in the 3-m with a score of 271.57 and third in the 1-m with a score of 231.90. Haley Francois finished third in the 3-m with a score of 265.65 and fourth in the 1-m with a score of 217.20. Shelby Johnson finished fifth in the 1-m and the 3-m, scoring 215.47 and 208.12, respectively.

After the diving break, the Cougars won the next three events.

Kimberly Welch Doroghian won the 100 fly with a time of 56.01. Tiang finished third with a time of 57.69.

Sorensen, Angela Bennion and Grant finished first through third, respectively, in the 100 free. Sorensen finished with a time of 52.84, Bennion finished with a time of 53.23 and Grant finished with a time of 53.24.

Hailey Campbell finished first in the 100 back with a time of 57.05. Clawson finished third with a time of 57.99.

In the last event of the night, the Cougars took first and second place in the 200 free relay. The team of Campbell, Doroghian, Sorensen and Grant finished first with a time of 1:36.60 and the team of Angela Bennion, Natalie Bennion, Daniele Vaughan and Bushnell finished second with a time of 1:38.56.

BYU returns to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. MST against the University of Denver at the Richards Building Pool.

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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