LARAMIE, Wyo. – UW swimming and diving kicked off the 2016-17 season on Friday evening inside the Corbett Pool. The Gold Team came out on top, defeating the Brown Team by a score of 304-286.
The veterans for the Gold team led the way on Friday. Junior Kelly Sheldon, one of two team captains, claimed victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:27.09. Junior Maria Harutjunjan swept the breaststroke events, with first place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.84) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.09). Junior Ryan Ball led the men’s side with wins in the 100 backstroke (51.09) as well as the 200 backstroke (1:49.90). On the diving board, freshman Karla Contreras led the way in both the one meter (306.30) and three meter (271.73) events.
“Our overall performance was really good and I thought everyone stepped up their game,” Sheldon said. “It makes me happy that these are all my teammates, because going up against all of them is really tough. Having that drive to beat your teammate is a different fire, but it was cool to see everyone succeed.”
The Brown Team saw numerous standout performances from underclassmen. Freshman Daniela Luna Rocha raced to victory in the 1000 freestyle (10:27.74) and the 500 freestyle (5:07.30). Another two-event winner, sophomore Isobel Ryan, earned first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (57.92) as well as the 50 freestyle (24.49). Freshman diver Scotia Mullin placed first in the one meter event with a score of 290.85 and second in the three meter event, scoring a 298.73.
Wyoming swimming and diving will officially open the season in Denver, Colo. at the DU Relays on Oct. 8. Action will start at 12 p.m. MT.