Falcons post 3-0 record in multi-team meet

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. The Air Force women’s swimming and diving team swept a multi-team meet on Saturday, Jan.12, at the Colorado College Aquatics Center in Colorado Springs. The Falcons posted a 3-0 record with wins over Northern Colorado (144-98), Seattle (190-33) and Incarnate Word (133-107).

In the first event of the night, the Falcons (8-6 overall) placed second in the 200 medley relay as the team of freshman Kylie Stronko, freshman Mollie Bushelman, senior Elise Hart and sophomore Lydia Knutson posted a time of 1:46.80.

A pair of Falcons won their respective events as senior Jinan Andrews won the 100 free (52.23) and Knutson won the 50 free (24.08). Andrews was second in the 200 free (1:55.06) while junior Emma Strom was second in the 400 IM (4:40.74) and sophomore Heidi Schellin was second in the 100 breast stroke (1:07.15).

Junior Elisabeth Brechbuhl placed third in the 1000 free (10:57.82) while Stronko was third in the 100 back 58.22 and sophomore Jayden Glover third in the 500 free 5:22.45).

A pair of sophomores placed in diving. Eve Fowler was second on the 1-meter (260.9) and fifth in 3-meter (205.55). Becca Hetrick was fourth both 3-meter (207.30) and 1-meter (212.45).

Air Force took two of the top three spots in the 100 fly as freshman Jessie Wierzbicki was second (58.27) and Hart was third (58.48)

The 200 free relay team of Andrews, Tianna Jorgenson, Hart and Knutson set a new pool record, winning with a time of 1:35.71.

“Our team had some very solid swims tonight,” head coach Colleen Murphy said. “We have been training very hard over the last few weeks and we really stepped up and raced well. We need to come back tomorrow and step it up to the next level.”

Air Force is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 13, against Incarnate Word and Seattle at 11 a.m. at the Colorado College Aquatics Center.