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BYU swimming: Cougars complete day one of the MPSF Swimming Championships

By Jared Houghton

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20 2013 10:12 p.m. MST

LOS ANGELES - With day one of the MPSF Championships over, the women currently are in fourth place with 60 points and the men sit outside the top eight spots with 28 points.

UNLV is the men's leader with 80 points, and UC Davis is the women's leader with 72 points.

"We swam great tonight and and in a great position for the guys and the girls," head coach John Brooks said. "Unfortunately the guys 200 med relay team was disqualified but we'll be okay. It is a four-day meet so we have a lot of time to make up the points we missed out on today."

The meet began with the 200 medley relay. The team consisting of Hailey Campbell, Kassandra Bispo, Kimberly Welch Doroghian and Taryn Toolson Lewis finished in third place with a time of 1:41.09 to score 32 points. On the men's side, the team of Preston Jenkins, Brady Wells, David Armstrong and Brent Murray finished in third place with a time of 1:28.49 but was disqualified from the race for leaving the blocks early.

The second event of the night was the 800 free relay. Alexandra Dodds, Alia Welsh, Angela Bennion and Natalie Bennion finished in fifth place with a time of 7:23.79, good for 28 points. Stott Bushnell, Robert Miner, Samuel Bates and Jenkins finished in fifth with a time of 6:34.53, also good for 28 points.

The MPSF Championships will resume tomorrow for both the divers and the swimmers. The swim meet begins tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. PST with the 500 free prelims and include the 200 IM prelims and the 50 free prelims. There will be a break during the day and the meet resumes at 6 p.m. that evening with the 200 free relay finals, as well as the finals to the 500 free, 200 IM and the 50 free.

"We are excited for the events tomorrow," Brooks said. "We are good in all the events tomorrow and we will be very competitve for both the guys and the girls."

The dive meet begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. MST with the women's 1-meter prelims. The finals are at 12:15 pm and the consolation finals at 1 p.m. The men's 3-meter prelims will begin at 3:15 p.m. MST and the finals will start at 4:40 with the consolation finals at 5:25 p.m.

Live results are available as well as a live video web stream. Check the women's schedule page for final results for day two.

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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