Jan. 19, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams spilt action on Saturday, with the Cowboys concluding competition at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Cowgirls taking on Boise State in Boise, Idaho.
One day after winning three duals, the Cowboys defeated Air Force 137-87, North Dakota 177-44 and Seattle 172-49 for the second-consecutive day. The Pokes three victories advanced their season dual record to 8-0 overall and 8-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation duals. The Cowboys again won nine of the 13 events in today's meet, with junior Ethan Griffel and freshman Ryan Nelson each winning two events. It is the second-consecutive day Griffel won multiple events for the Pokes.
The Cowboys opened the second day of competition with a victory in the 200 medley relay and never looked back. Combining for the relay victory were sophomores Adam Kalms and Mike McCormick with juniors Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey who finished with a time of 1:32.48.
"We came out of the gate today with the victory in the 200 medley relay and never looked back from there," Wyoming associate head coach Matt Leach said. "We switched our lineup around today and everyone really stepped up. I was very impressed with our captains today. During the breaks they held the team meetings and did a great job of keeping everyone focused. It was another great team effort today."
Griffel led the way with his second-consecutive day winning two events taking first in the 200 freestyle (1:41.80) and the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.12. Nelson also won two events, touching the wall first in the 200 individual medley (1:56.21) and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:41.90.
Three other Cowboys in Frey, Kalms, and Jayce Calhoon also picked up event victories. Frey touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.88. Kalms won the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.52. Calhoon was the last Cowboy to win an event taking first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.86. Wyoming's 400 freestyle relay group of freshman Bryce Carter, Griffel, sophomore Ryan O'Leary and Frey also took first with a time of 3:04.27.
The Cowboys dominated with five individuals winning one or more events, but they also placed eight other individuals in the top three of their respective events. Freshman Kevin Waller finished the 1000 freestyle in second (9:46.11), senior Tyler Kybartas finished second in the 200 free (1:43.48) and 500 free (4:42.39), Carter took second in the 50 free (21.00), sophomore Jordan Turner took second in the 200 IM (1:56.94), freshman Sam Samet finished the 100 fly in third (51.41) and McCormick finished the 100 breaststroke in third with a time of 58.46. The 400 free relay "B" group of Samet, Waller, freshman Brendan Costello and Kybartas took third with a time of 3:11.13.
Junior diver Derek Campbell was the highest finisher on the platform taking fifth with a final mark of 242.50.
In Boise, Cowgirl swimming and diving fell to Boise State, 192-108, for their first dual loss of the season. The loss drops the Cowgirls to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Mountain West duals.
Cowgirls Nicole Hlavacek, Morgan Hartigan and Jessy Badaracco won events for the Cowgirls and also each placed in the top three of their other respective events. Hlavacek picked up the first win for UW in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:14.38. She also finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:04.95. Hartigan finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.50. In the other sprint freestyle event, the 100 freestyle, she took second touching the wall in 51.82. Badaracco took first in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:27.98 and earlier in the meet finished second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.27. Also picking up a win for the Cowgirls was the 400 freestyle relay squad of Hartigan, Emily Stucky, Melanie McDonough and Emily Ridout, who finished with a time of 3:31.84.
"Outside of Nicole's mile (1650 freestyle), Jessy's 400 IM and Morgan's 50 freestyle there was not a lot great to talk about," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We got beat pretty good today by the defending conference champions. I challenged our team to be better than a week ago and we were not. It was a tough day, but hopefully we learned from this and now we need to focus to get ready for New Mexico."
Along with Hlavacek, Hartigan and Badaracco winning events, five other Cowgirls finished in the top three of their respective events. Stucky finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:53.87). Denny took third in the 100 backstroke (58.90) and second in the 200 back with a time of 2:05.47. Stephanie Young finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.25) and third in the 200 breast with a time of 2:22.86. Freshman Keara Chang finished third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:06.46. Claudia Carlson was UW's highest finisher in the 100 butterfly taking third with a time of 57.28. In the 200 medley relay, Hartigan, Young, Badaracco and Ridout finished second with a time of 1:46.38. In the final relay the 400 freestyle, Carlson, Paige Fischer, Denny and Leah Roesler took second with a time of 3:33.72.
In diving, junior Amanda Fay finished the highest for UW taking third on both boards. On the 3-meter springboard, Fay finished with a score of 277.58 and finished the 1-meter with a mark of 258.38.
The Cowgirls will return to Corbett Pool Friday, Jan. 25 hosting host New Mexico in their final home dual of the 2012-13 season. The dual is set to begin at 5 p.m. The Wyoming divers will travel to the Air Force Diving Invitational on both Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will return to the pool together on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on UNLV. That meet is set to begin at noon MT.