Cowgirls Dominate in Border War, 173.5-126.5


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Cowgirl swimming and diving earned victory over Colorado State on Saturday afternoon at Moby Pool, outscoring the Rams by a score of 173.5-126.5.  

Wyoming claimed first in 11 of the dual’s 16 events, bookended by wins in both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Sophomore Samantha Burke, junior Maria Harutjunjan and freshman diver Karla Contreras each won multiple individual events. Burke notched victories in the 200 freestyle (1:53.89) and the 100 butterfly (56.86). Harutjunjan continued her dominance in the breaststroke, again winning both the 100 (1:04.23) and the 200 (2:20.88) events. She ends her weekend with four individual wins and two relay wins. Contreras performed in similar fashion on the boards, sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. Her winning scores of 307.75 on the 1-meter and 331.50 on the 3-meter were both career-best marks as well as NCAA qualifying scores.

“We had a great day today and it started off with a great opening race,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “In the 200 medley relay, we got the win and even more importantly our second team stepped up and placed third. Daniela Luna Rocha had a terrific day after a tough weekend swimming the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle on back-to-back days. Samantha Burke was a beast today with two wins and the anchor of the 400 freestyle relay. She was absolutely awesome this weekend. Kelly Sheldon was terrific today in the 200 butterfly, she was behind most of the race and then dropped the hammer in the last 50 yards to get the win. The divers were outstanding once again. I thought the meet went extremely well and our team stepped up in a way that they didn’t yesterday. It’s always a good day when you beat Colorado State.”

Wyoming’s winning 200 medley relay team was comprised of sophomore Isobel Ryan, Harutjunjan, Burke, and senior Danielle Badger. Ryan also won the 100 freestyle (52.14), while Badger notched the top time in the 50 freestyle (2:08.25). The 400 freestyle relay team that ended the dual with a UW victory included Ryan, Badger, junior Kelly Sheldon and Burke. Sheldon also tallied a win in the 200 butterfly, a whole second faster than the rest of the field.

Both men’s and women’s squads will return to the pool next weekend. The swimmers will head to Las Vegas for duals against the UNLV Rebels on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. MT, while the divers will compete in the Air Force Diving Invite over Friday and Saturday.