Cowboy Swimmers And Divers Topple No. 25 Denver, While Cowgirls Dominate Pioneers

Jan. 12, 2013


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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams remained undefeated in dual meets on Saturday, sweeping the Denver Pioneers in Corbett Pool on Senior Day. The Cowboys defeated the No. 25 Pioneers 164-136 advancing their season dual record to 2-0. The Cowgirls dominated the Pioneers 195-105 winning their fourth dual of the season. Wyoming honored its seven seniors prior to this afternoon's meet. UW's senior honorees were Sasha Andrie, Jessy Badaracco, Paige Fischer, Shayna Swanson, Meghan Swirzcki, Tyler Kybartas and Trevor LeValley.

The Cowboys and Pioneers went back-and-forth for 14 events before the Cowboys were able to pull away in the final two events. The Cowboys led the Pioneers 137-127 with the 200 individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay to go. In the 200 IM, the Cowboys closed the door on the Pioneers finishing first, second and third. Winning the 200 IM was Adam Kalms (1:52.63), followed by Ryan Nelson in second (1:55.28) and Jordan Turner in third with a time of 1:55.94. Cowboys Ethan Griffel, Ryan O'Leary, Tyler Kybartas and Jeff Frey also won the final event the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.92 to give the Pokes the victory.

"I knew this meet would be close on the men's side and it turned around for us with one event to go," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I told the guys all week that this was not going to come down to the number of event wins, but the touch-outs and how we placed everyone. We got embarrassed last year when we swam DU and the kids and I knew we didn't want that to happen again. The guys were really dialed in for this meet I am very happy with how they performed. It was a terrific team effort today. This meet really impressed me with our team and our depth."

Overall the Pokes won eight events against the Pioneers with the final two proving to be the dual-winning events. Winning two events for the Cowboys was Kalms who won the 200 IM and also touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle with a Corbett Pool record of 44.99. Kalms bested former BYU swimmer Brett Allen's 2006 time of 45.15.

"Adam had a great swim to break the pool record in the 100 free and he was very close in the 200 IM as well," Johnson said.

Also winning swimming events for the Cowboys were Ethan Griffel in the 200 freestyle (1:40.45), George Eglesfield in the 200 butterfly (1:53.23) and Jeff Frey in the 50 free with a time of 20.85.Cowboy diver Derek Campbell won his first dual event of the season on the 3-meter springboard with a NCAA Zone "E" qualifying score of 328.88. Campbell also finished second on the 1-meter with a mark of 286.20.

"I am very happy with Derek getting his first zone cut score of the season," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "I thought we were a little sloppy on some of our dives but overall I am very pleased."

The Cowgirls dominated the meet against the Pioneers winning 13 of 16 events. Winning multiple events for the Cowgirls were freshman Nicole Hlavacek, Badaracco and junior Morgan Hartigan. Hlavacek helped set the tone for the Cowgirls winning the 1000 freestyle (10:30.64) early in the meet and also helped keep the pressure on late in the meet winning the 500 free with a time of 5:09.64. On senior day, Badaracco picked up two individual event wins in the 200 butterfly (2:05.75) and the 200 IM with a time of 2:07.89. Hartigan won both sprint freestyle events winning the 50 freestyle (23.47) and the 100 free with a time of 51.71.

"Jessy had a great senior day today," Johnson said. "She has really proven herself as a great leader for this team. Nicole also had a great day today, both of her times were close to pool records. Our times were not terrific today, but we did what we needed to win. The girls also were embarrassed last season at Denver and they did not want that to happen again."

Other individuals winning events for the Cowgirls were Stephanie Young in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.54) and Claudia Carlson in the 100 fly (57.73). Both Cowgirl relay squads won their events. In the 200 medley relay, Hartigan, Young, Badaracco and Melanie McDonough won with a time of 1:44.66. In the 400 freestyle relay, Hartigan, Emily Stucky, McDonough and Jordan Denny touched the wall first with a time of 3:33.34.

The Cowgirl divers swept both boards with Andrie winning the 1-meter springboard with a NCAA Zone "E" qualifying score of 270.75 and Carolyn Wallace winning the 3-meter with a score of 263.10.

"I am proud of Sasha coming through with a big dive to win the 1-meter," Radman said. "I am also proud of Carolyn to win the 3-meter. They both dove very well today. As a team, I was pretty happy with how we all dove. We are not where we want to be yet, but we are getting there."

Wyoming will return to the pool on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, with the Cowboys traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a quadrangular with Air Force, North Dakota and Settle. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Cowgirls will return to the pool on Saturday with a trip to Boise, Idaho to take on the Boise State Broncos beginning at 1 p.m.