PROVO, Utah – Nicholas Suder was named the MPSF Male Diver of the Year, Payton Sorenson and Alexandria Sorensenwere named MPSF Male and Female Rookie of the Year andKeith Russell was named MPSF Male Diving Coach of the Year on Tuesday by the Mountain Pacific Sport Federation.
Additionally, twenty-six members of the BYU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were named to MPSF All-Conference teams for their performances this past weekend at the MPSF Conference Championship.
“I’m really proud of the way we performed this past season,” head coach John Brooks said. “Our hard work paid off and our results this past weekend are evidence of that.”
Sorenson had an extremely productive first MPSF Championship Meet to be named the MPSF Male Rookie of the Year. He placed third in 50 Free (20.01), placed fourth in 100 Back (48.74), third in the 100 Free (43.90) and helped set MPSF meet and school records in the 200 Free Relay (1:18.30) and the 400 Free Relay (2:55.02). Sorenson was named to the first-team all-conference team for the relays and freestyle events and was selected to the second-team for the 100 back. On the season, he recorded two first-place finishes and four second-place finishes. He also took part in three first-place and two second-place relay finishes.
“Payton was one of our most improved swimmers on the season,” Brooks said. “He is very deserving of the award and had an excellent MPSF meet last weekend. He swam his best under difficult circumstances and was a great addition to our program this year.”
Sorensen turned in a remarkable MPSF Championship Meet in her first appearance while being named the MPSF Female Rookie of the Year. She finished fourth in the 50 Free (23.28) and 100 Free (50.69), was a member of the second-place 200 Free Relay (1:31.97) and fourth-place 400 Free Relay teams (3.24.13), and was sixth in 100 Fly (55.01), earning all-conference recognition in those events. On the season, Sorensen recorded three first-place finishes and six second-place finishes. She was also a member of relay teams that had three first-place and four second-place finishes.
“Allie did everything we expected of her this season,” Brooks said. “She was consistent and performed well for us when it counted. We are excited to see what she will do for us in the future.”
In his first season after returning from an LDS church mission to Seattle, Wash., Suder was named the inaugural MPSF Male Diver of the Year. He claimed the one-meter and three-meter MPSF Diving Championship, scoring 328.65 and 356.95, respectively, and placed third on platform with a score of 274.50. His one-meter dive was the second-best score for the entire conference this year, while his three-meter dive ranked number one. Suder had six first-place finishes on the season. At the Wildcat Diving Invite, he placed fifth on the 3M with a score of 355.55. At the Air Force Invite, he placed sixth on 3M with a score of 303.45 and fourth on the 1M (313.00).
“What a great honor to win the award,” Suder said. “I worked really hard this season to get back into diving form and it paid off. I set my goal to win the 1-meter and the 3-meter at conference and I was able to do that.”
Keith Russell wins his 15th diving coach of the year award, including 14 when the Cougars were in the Mountain West Conference to go along with this year’s inaugural winner. Russell coached sophomore Nic Suder to a pair of MPSF titles and first-team all-conference accolades on all three boards. Furthermore, Matt Hopper was a second-team selection on the three-meter, as was Trayton Speth on platform. Last season he coached MPSF Male Athlete of the Year, Brandon Watson. Russell served as the only diving judge from the United States in the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing, China.
“In my opinion, Keith is one of the best diving coaches in the world,” Brooks said. “He dove and judged at the Olympics. We are grateful that we have him on our staff here at BYU.”
Listed below are the all-conference performers. First three swimmers at the MPSF conference meet in each individual event are named to the first team and the next five swimmers are named to the second team. For relay events, the top team is named to the all-conference team and the next two teams to finish are named to the second team.
Brent Murray 50 Free, 200 Free relay, 400 Relay
Payton Sorenson 50 Free, 200 Free Relay, 100 Free and 400 Free Relay
Nicholas Suder 1-Meter, 3-Meter and Platform
Hayden Palmer 400 IM
Preston Jenkins 100 Back, 200 Back, 400 Free Relay
Jordan Fletcher 200 Free Relay
Garret Beaman 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Raleigh Williams Taylor 1-Meter
Dayna Christensen 1-Meter, 3-Meter
Alexandra Dodds 400 IM
Kimberly Welch Doroghian 100 Fly, 200 Fly
Hailey Campbell 100 Back, 200 Back
Shawn Western 500 Free
Hayden Palmer 200 IM, 200 Breast
Andrew Rutherfurd 200 IM
Garret Beaman 50 Free, 100 Free
Jordan Fletcher 50 Free, 100 Back
Preston Jenkins 400 Medley Relay
Brady Wells 400 Medley Relay, 100 Breast
David Armstrong 400 Medley Relay, 200 Fly
Brent Murray 400 Medley Relay, 100 Free
Payton Sorenson 100 Back
Matt Hopper 3-Meter
Trayton Speth Platform
Hailey Campbell 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay
Kimberly Welch Doroghian 200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay
Kassandra Bispo 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 100 Breast, 200 Breast
Taryn Toolson Lewis 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay
Alexandra Dodds 500 Free, 1650 Free
Londyn Clawson 200 IM, 200 Breast
Alexandria Sorensen 50 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 100 Free
Andrea Grant 400 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 100 Free
Natalie Bennion 200 Free
Raleigh Williams Taylor 3-Meter, Platform
Mackenzie Rands 3-Meter, Platform
Alia Welsh 1650 Free
Ciera Marsh 200 Back
Dayna Christensen Platform
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions relating to swimming.
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