Jan. 18, 2014
DENVER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams returned to competition after a 56-day break falling to Denver University on Saturday afternoon in El Pomar Natatorium. The Cowboys (4-3) fell to the Pioneers 173.5 to 126.5 with the Cowgirls (6-2) falling to DU 173-127. Cowgirl divers Kari Campbell and Amanda Fay didn't miss a beat during the break setting El Pomar Natatorium pool records on their way to titles in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
"It didn't turn out the way we wanted today, but we had great fan support," said Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson. "It was just really hard for us to get in rhythm after such a long break, but we had a great finish to the meet."
Fay got the Cowgirls divers off to a fast start with a win in the 3-meter springboard. The Jackson, Wyoming native won the event with a personal-best score of 306.45. Campbell followed in second place at 278.70. Campbell took the 1-meter springboard crown with personal-best and NCAA Zone diving qualifying mark of 280.40. Fay finished second in the event with a score of 279.00.
In the men's diving events senior Derek Campbell, the Western Athletic Conference leader in the 3-meter springboard won the event with a score of 331.05. He finished second in the 1-meter with a tally of 343.75, a personal-best mark.
"The divers did a great job and we are on the right track," said UW diving coach Yahya Radman. "We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited to see what we can do the rest of the season."
The Cowboy swimmers were paced by sophomore Ryan Nelson and junior Adam Kalms. Nelson won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:59.75, it was a season-best for the school record holder in the event. Kalms was Wyoming's other winner on the day taking the crown in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.26.
The Pokes' 200 freestyle relay squad of Kalms, senior Ethan Griffel, sophomore Bryce Carter and junior Ryan O'Leary won the event with an impressive time of 1:22.78. The 400 medley relay team of Kalms, sophomore Kyle Scalise, sophomore George Eglesfield and Griffel finished second with a time of 3:21.60.
"Ryan and Adam had excellent days for us," Johnson said. "Our relay teams were also great with the medley relay team putting up a great time for this part of the season."
The Cowgirl swimmers were led by junior Claudia Carlson, as she took the title in the 200 butterfly at 2:05.92. Fellow junior Karen Hendrick finished second at 2:07.12. She was followed by senior Leah Roesler in third with a mark of 2:07.13.
"Our butterflyers did a great job for us today, they were our strongest event," Johnson said.
The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Morgan Hartigan, junior Melanie McDonough, freshman Abby Sullivan and sophomore Emily Ridout finished the meet strong for UW taking the event with a time of 1:34.40.
The Cowgirls return to action next Saturday afternoon hosting Border War rival Colorado State at noon in Corbett Pool.