BYU swimmers ready to improve on last year's success as 2013-2014 season looms
Hailey Campbell will swim for women’s backstroke in her final year, her third as a BYU Cougar after transferring from Penn State. She has had immediate success at BYU, setting school and conference records in 100 back and taking first at the MPSF Championships. She will swim alongside teammates Ciera Marsh and Lauren Shaw.
Rutherfurd returns as a senior and Olympian to head men’s breaststroke. Chad Sorensen also returns this season after serving an LDS mission. Sorensen is expected to help carry the Cougars in the backstroke event.
Returning sophomore Mallory Harris will provide strength to women’s breaststroke this season. Harris competed at MPSF Championships last year in the event and looks to be a top finalist at conference. She will swim with transfers Whitney Allen and Brittani Finlayson. Allen swam for the University of Virginia last year and Finlayson for the University of Utah.
Two new recruits from outside the United States will lead men’s butterfly this year. Lucas Aquino from Brazil and Ng will swim with returned missionary King. King competed for the Cougars in the 2010-2011 season at the MWCC meet.
Doroghian will swim her senior year to lead women’s butterfly after earning all-conference recognition two years in a row and six first-place finishes in 2012-2013. Zerlynn Tiang will compete as a sophomore after competing well for the Cougars last season. Freshman Haley Bertoldo is expected to add new talent to the team as well.
Junior Hayden Palmer will lead the men’s individual medley after a strong sophomore year, earning all-conference recognition his first year back from a mission. Olympian Rafael Alfaro will return after a redshirt year to swim his third year for the Cougars. Returned missionary and sophomore Stephen Richards will be solid for the IM team after receiving all-conference honors in 2010-2011.
Previous all-conference performers Dodds and Ampuero head women’s IM. Last season, Dodds was named to the All-MPSF First Team for her performance in the 400 IM. Allen will also swim the IM event for the Cougars and has performed well in the event previously at University of Virginia.
MPSF Conference champ Nicholas Suder, who won the 1-meter and 3-meter at the championships last year, will lead the men’s diving team. Suder also made an appearance at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships and will look to secure a top finish in his junior year. Matthew Hopper earned all-conference recognition last year in the 3-meter and will look to make his way to national competition.
Senior and all-conference performer Raleigh Williams Taylor took second at conference last year and will be battling for first place in this year’s competition. She will lead junior teammates Haley Francois and Mackenzie Rands, who have each previously earned all-conference honors for their performances.
“Our top performers have a chance to make it to NCAA nationals this year,” head diving coach Keith Russell said. “We need people who are going to create a chance to earn points. Our expectation is to score more points than any other team at every event.”
BYU swimming and diving will kick the season off with the annual alumni meet on Friday, Sept. 20, beginning at 5 p.m., and the blue and white scrimmage on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Richards Building pool.
The team will appear in its first outside meet of the year in Grand Junction, Colo., at the Mesa State Invite beginning on Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. MDT. The meet will continue Saturday morning, Oct. 12.
Brittany Bivings is the swim and dive sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.
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