COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Wyoming women’s swimming and diving defeated Air Force by a score of 163.5-131.5 on Thursday evening in Colorado Springs, Colo. The men’s squad dropped its first dual of the season to the Falcons, 156.5-143.5
Senior Abby Sullivan won Wyoming’s first individual race of the meet in the 100 backstroke with a time of :56.87. Junior Maria Harutjunjan claimed the next event for the Cowgirls, winning the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.39. Junior Kelly Sheldon earned a third-consecutive victory for UW in the 200 butterfly, clocking in at 2:09.58. Sullivan later won her second race of the evening in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 2:05.26. Harutjunjan followed up her effort with a win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.68, more than five seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Freshman Karla Contreras swept the diving events for the Wyoming women, with winning scores of 285.75 in the one-meter and 326.85 in the three-meter.
“On the women’s side, we had a really good meet,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “I’m very proud of Kelly Sheldon, she had a great day, as did Abby Sullivan. Maria Harutjunjan had a huge day and swam about as fast as she has this season. Our divers were amazing, absolutely unbelievable.”
The UW men fell behind early in the meet by 50 points, and battled their way back before falling short in the 400 freestyle relay. A three-win stretch, kicked off by junior Ryan Ball, brought the Cowboys back within striking distance. Ball placed first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.43. Senior Gabe Rooker continued UW’s streak in the 200 breaststroke, clocking a time of 2:02.55. Junior Eric Oleson capped off the run in the 500 freestyle, blowing away the competition with a time of 4:38.11. The second-place finisher clocked in at 4:43.98. Redshirt-sophomore Ryan Russi mirrored Contreras’ performance on the women’s side, finishing first in both diving events for the UW men. Russi scored a 292.50 in the three-meter and a 274.20 in the one-meter.
“On the men’s side, it was a tale of two meets,” Johnson said. “We were down big early, but in the back half of the meet the guys came to life. Ryan Ball and Gabe Rooker were outstanding. Eric Oleson dominated in the 500 freestyle. We just let it get too far away from us early, and we need to be more consistent.”The women’s team will be back in action tomorrow at the Corbett Pool. The Cowgirls host the New Mexico State Aggies, and the dual is slated to begin at 5 p.m. MT. Live results will be available at gowyo.com and follow @wyo_swimdive on Twitter for meet updates.