Jan. 14, 2012
DENVER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams dropped their first dual of the spring season against the Denver Pioneers in El Pomar Natatorium in Denver, Colo., on Saturday. The Cowgirls fell to the Pioneers 208-93 and the Pokes fell to the Pioneers 185-115.
"We just could not get enough wins to keep it close today," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We did not swim well today, but we had some kids have solid days."
As a team the Cowboys won one relay event and three individual events. Picking up the first win for the Cowboys was the 200 medley relay team consisting of Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey. They touched the wall first with a time of 1:31.46. Freshman Adam Kalms, who joined the Cowboys at the beginning of the semester, did not take long to make an impact winning the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.66. Senior Fischer won the third and fourth events for the Cowboys in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Fischer touched wall first in the 100 breast with a time of 55.83, and the 200 breast with a time of 2:02.82. Fischer's 200 breaststroke time was the fastest at El Pomar Natatorium history, breaking the record set by former Cowboy Scott Usher (2:03.89) in 2003.
"Adam had some great swims in the 100 and 200 free today," Johnson said. "He was a great addition to our men's team. Brandon had a solid swim in the 200 breast to break Scott's pool record."
Although the wins did not come easy against the Pioneers, the Cowboys placed in the top three in ten other events. Sophomore Jayce Calhoon placed third in the 1000 freestyle (9:46.93) and 200 back (1:53.54). Sophomore Ethan Griffel took third in the 200 free (1:42.04). Dilworth touched wall in second in the 100 backstroke (51.12). In the 100 freestyle, Kalms (46.18) and Frey (4.32) placed second and third, respectively. Frey also took second in the 50 free (21.07) and tied for third in the 200 back with a time of 46.32. Junior Trevor LeValley placed third in the 200 butterfly (1:55.72) and the 400 individual medley (4:10.29). Freshman Rutecki took third in the 100 fly (51.25)
Picking up event wins for the Cowgirls were Kelsey Conci and Morgan Hartigan. Conci won the 100 backstroke in a very close race finishing with a time of 56.20, less than a second in front of her nearest competitor. One event later, sophomore Morgan Hartigan won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.52.
"Morgan had a solid day today," Johnson said. "She put up a good time in the 100 (breast) and was just stroke and touched out in the 200."
The Cowgirls placed in the top three in five other events. Conci placed second in the 50 free with a time of 23.79. Senior Shelby Bull took second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.99. Hartigan took second in the 200 breast with a time of 2:24.58. Kasey Robinson placed third in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:37.89. Finally, Claudia Carlson took second in the 100 fly (58.05) and third in the 200 fly (2:07.59). The Cowgirl 400 freestyle relay team of Conci, Hartigan, Nikki Finnesand and Bull took third with a time of 3:31.76.
In today's earlier diving competition four UW divers placed in the top two. On the 1-meter springboard, Cowgirl Sasha Andrie took second with a mark of 237.00. On the men's 1-meter, freshman Dalton Haas took second with a score of 299.05. On the 3-meter springboard, sophomore Carolyn Wallace took second with a score of 251.10. Derek Campbell placed second on the 3-meter with a mark of 304.00.
"Dalton's day today was incredible," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "For him to just miss his (NCAA) Zone diving score after a long break I am pleased. I think our kids dove pretty well and I am happy with the direction my divers are headed."
Next up the Cowboy swimmers will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, Jan. 20 to race Air Force. The next action for the Cowgirls will be Saturday, Jan. 28 against Northern Colorado. The Wyoming divers will compete at the Air Force Diving Invite on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28.