Jan. 18, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team dominated the first day of racing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., defeating Air Force (163-80), North Dakota (187-56) and Seattle (194-43) for three dual victories. The Pokes defeated all three teams in dual format scoring and advance their season record to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation duals. Junior Ethan Griffel won two events for the Pokes, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.52) and 500 freestyle with a time of 4:43.89. Six other Cowboys and one relay also won events during the nights racing.
"The guys did a great job of racing tough tonight," Wyoming associate head coach Matt Leach said. "There were a few of our times that I thought would be faster tonight but, overall I thought we did a great job of racing at altitude."
Griffel led the way as the Pokes only multiple event winner, but six of his teammates also won events. Freshman Ryan Nelson touched the wall first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:40.33. Griffel won the next event the 200 freestyle and was followed by junior Jeff Frey winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.00. Sophomore Adam Kalms continued the Cowboys roll winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:53.38. Also winning for UW was freshman George Eglesfield who took first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:54.55. In his strongest event, junior Jayce Calhoon finished the 200 backstroke in first place with a time of 1:51.58. Griffel followed Calhoon's event win with his second victory of the day in the 500 freestyle. In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Mike McCormick touched the wall first with a time of 2:07.09. The Cowboys closed the dominating day with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay, with sophomore Ryan O'Leary, Kalms, freshman Bryce Carter and Frey finishing first with a time of 1:22.51.
In today's diving, junior Derek Campbell was the Cowboys highest finisher taking second on the 1-meter springboard with a mark of 303.30. Freshman Eric McMillin finished fourth on the 1-meter with a mark of 289.80. On the 3-meter board McMillin finished third (294.90) and Campbell finished fourth with a score of 291.95.
"I am very proud of how our divers performed tonight without (UW diving coach) Yahya (Radman) here to coach them," Leach said.
Along with the Cowboys' seven event winners they also placed 11 others in the top three of their respective events. In the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Joseph Ferreri finished third with a time of 9:57.66. Freshman Sam Samet, who joined the Pokes at the beginning of the spring semester, finished the 50 free in second with a time of 21.17. In the 200 IM, freshman Kyle Scalise finished second (1:56.60), followed by Jordan Turner in third with a time of 1:57.15. Nelson finished the 200 butterfly in second with a time of 1:55.04 and senior Trevor LeValley took third in that event with a time of 1:57.91. In the 100 freestyle, Carter took second (46.14) with O'Leary finishing third with a time of 46.53. Senior Tyler Kybartas finished the 200 backstroke in second with a time of 1:55.21. Following Griffel in the 500 freestyle, were freshmen Kevin Waller (4:45.36) and Brendan Costello (4:45.78) in second and third, respectively. Scalise recorded his second top-three finish in the 200 breaststroke taking third with a time of 2:10.51.
The Cowboys will continue racing at the Air Force Academy on Saturday with another three duals against Air Force, Seattle and North Dakota with racing set to begin at 11 a.m. The Cowgirls will return to the pool against Boise State on Saturday in Boise, Idaho with the meet also set to begin at 11 a.m.