SWIMMING: Coming off of two Mountain West Conference victories last week, the BYU women's swim and dive team is preparing to get back into the Richards Building pool today as the Cougars take on Colorado State at 6 p.m. at home.
"Colorado State will be some very good competition for us," BYU coach Stan Crump said. "You can tell this week in practice that the girls are getting excited for this meet because they know that Colorado State is undefeated in conference meets just like we are."
The recent BYU success can be traced back to many different athletes as numerous Cougars have won individual races. The long-distance events have been led by sophomore Natasha Menezes, who has recorded the BYU season-best times in the 500 (4:54.33) and 1000-yard (10:08.15) freestyle.Tawni Jones has been dominating for the Cougars from the diving board recently, too. Jones won every event that she entered last week against TCU and SDSU. Her best score from the 1-meter board was 291.60 against the Horned Frogs. The meet is free.
FOOTBALL: Utah State football players Shawn Murphy and Kevin Robinson will be playing in the 83rd East-West Shrine Game this Saturday at 5 p.m. at the University of Houston's Robertson Stadium. It will be televised live on ESPN2.
Murphy, an offensive guard, and Robinson, a wide receiver/kick returner, become the first Utah State players selected to the East-West Shrine Game since Emmett White in 2002. Murphy is the first Aggie offensive lineman chosen to the all-star game since center Tim Ruiz in 1986.
BYU linebacker Bryan Kehl and Weber State offensive lineman David Hale are other participating players from Utah.
Murphy, a native of Alpine and son of former baseball star Dale Murphy, earned second-team All-WAC honors at offensive line. After playing offensive tackle last season, Murphy made the transition to offensive guard this year, where he did not give up any sacks, grading out at a team-leading 84 percent. Murphy also led the team with 137 knockdowns.
Robinson ended the season leading the WAC in all-purpose yards and was eighth in the country with 193.08 all-purpose yards per game. Robinson led both the WAC and the NCAA with an 18.9 yards-per-punt return average. He also ranked third in the league and sixth in the nation in kickoff returns with a 29.3-yard average and had three kick returns for TD.Robinson also is the NCAA career all-purpose yards-per-play record holder, with a 16.16 average (6,479 yards in 401 plays).
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The Aggies head to Provo and Salt Lake for a pair of matches against the Cougars and Utes this weekend. USU takes on BYU at 4 p.m. Friday in the first match of the spring season for both teams. The Cougars defeated the Aggies 6-1 the last time they played in 2006. The Utes host USU on Saturday.
MEN'S TENNIS: The USU men are at Boise State for a 6 p.m. match today after suffering their first loss against BYU last week. The Aggies stay in Idaho to take on Montana on Friday.
GYMNASTICS: The 41st-ranked Aggies (0-1, 0-1 WAC) will host two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champion and 29th-ranked Sacramento State in the USU home opener Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the Smith Spectrum. All USU gymnastics home meets can be viewed live on the Internet at UtahStateAggies.com.
SWIMMING: The Ute women's swimming and diving team will host its final home meet of the season against Colorado State on Saturday. The meet will be held at 4 p.m. at the Ute Natatorium. The Utah women are 4-3 in dual meet competition this season and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference.
FOOTBALL: Weber State senior offensive right tackle David Hale will be the ninth Wildcat to play in the 83rd annual East-West Shrine Game. He's the first since the 2005 season with offensive tackle Paul McQuistan, now the starting guard with the Oakland Raiders. They are the only two WSU offensive linemen who have played.Hale was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats. He played in 44 career games and was a starter in 36 of those contests. This past season he was named first team All-Big Sky Conference and first team NCAA Division FCS All-America by the American Football Coaches Association. He was named second team All-America by The Associated Press and third team All-America by The Sports Network.
BASKETBALL: The Salt Lake Community College men moved up two spots in the NJCAA poll to No. 3 after sneaking past Snow College in Ephraim last Saturday, 63-60. This is the highest ranking ever for the Bruins, who have won all 16 games this season.
SLCC also held onto its No. 1 national ranking in team defense, allowing just 49.8 points per game. Guard Brian Green, the former Davis High sharpshooter, remains in the top 10 for 3-point shooters with a 55-percent shooting percentage.
The Bruins' men and women hit the road to take on the College of Eastern Utah on Friday and Colorado Northwestern on Saturday.