DENVER, Colo. -
In one of their strongest showings of the season, the University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams battled tough but fell just short of defeating two ranked teams at El Pomar Natatorium in Denver, Colo. The Cowboys were defeated by the No. 16 Denver men’s team with a score of 157-141, while the Cowgirls lost to the 28th ranked women’s squad, 164-136.
“Both the men and women competed very well today,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “It is not the score we wanted but I am very happy with the way these student-athletes swam. We broke a couple pool records and had plenty of close, tight battles throughout the meet. Denver swam outstanding and it proved to be a great college dual meet.”
Wyoming was able to jump out to a great lead by sweeping both the 1 and 3-meter diving events this morning. Kari Campbell won the 1-meter with a score of 268.80, while Keely Bishop took second place. Campbell also won the 3-meter competition with a score of 307.73. Jacob Rehmeier won both the 1 and 3-meter events on the men’s side. He recorded a score of 302.03 and 288.68 in the 1 and 3-meter events, respectively.
UW claimed victory in the first swimming event of the dual against the Pioneers. Wyoming won the women’s 400 medley relay as a team of Abby Sullivan, Maria Harutjunjan, Molly Coonce and Emily Ridout had the top time of 3:43.88.
Harutjunjan continued her success in the 100 breaststroke. She swam a time of 1:03.16 to claim the top spot. Gabe Rooker followed on the men’s side. He won the 100 breast with a time of 55.03. Kyle Scalise took second place for the Pokes with a mark of 56.49.
Ryan Nelson won the 200 butterfly for Wyoming. His time of 1:51.14 was just ahead of teammate George Eglesfield, who had a mark of 1:52.09. Ridout won the 50 freestyle on the women’s side. She posted a time of 23.09, while Danielle Badger (24.21) took third.
Rooker, Scalise and Liam Holt claimed the top spots in the 200 breast for the Pokes. Rooker (2:00.99), Scalise (2:06.16) and Holt (2:06.60) were followed by Molly Coonce in the 100 butterfly. Coonce brought home the title with a mark of 55.93, as Ryan Nelson brought home another victory in the 200 IM. Nelson won with a time of 1:53.99, while Wade Nelson and Ryan Ball took third and fourth, respectively.
“We have a tough matchup next weekend against Arizona State. We look forward to working on a few things to prepare for that dual. We will continue to work and improve and get ready for ASU.”
Both the Cowgirls and Cowboys will be back in action at Arizona State next week. The meet will begin in Tempe at 12 p.m., MT.