Jan. 20, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team defeated the Air Force Falcons for the second time this season in a dual meet on Friday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Cowboys won 10 of 16 events on their way to the 173-127 victory. The victory evens the Cowboys dual record to 3-3 on the season.
"I thought we had a great team effort tonight," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We had a great week of practice and our kids really showed that hard work paid off tonight. I am happy to have the helmet (Wyoming and Air Force's traveling trophy) coming back to Laramie where it belongs."
The Cowboys started the dual by losing the first three events to the Falcons, but came back to win eight straight events to seal the meet.
Starting off the Cowboys 200 medley relay team of Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey touched the wall in second with a time of 1:31.83. In the 1000 freestyle, Jayce Calhoon and Joseph Ferreri took second and third with times of 9:49.66 and 9:57.58, respectively. The next event was the 200 freestyle with freshman Adam Kalms placing third (1:40.55) and sophomore Ethan Griffel placing second (1:41.12).
After the three losses to start the meet the Cowboys reeled off eight straight wins, which was started by Dilworth in the 100 backstroke. Dilworth touched the wall first in the 100 back with a time of 50.68. Fellow senior Fischer picked up the first of his two event wins in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.35. Trevor LeValley continued the run for the Pokes winning the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.14. Following LeValley's victory was Jeff Frey in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.72. Wyoming's run continued into the first diving round on the 1-meter springboard. The Cowboys took first, second and third on the 1-meter with freshman Dalton Haas winning the event with a mark of 286.95. Senior Valentin Schwarz finished second (270.23) and sophomore Derek Campbell finished third with a mark of 267.59.
"I thought our 1-meter performances tonight were very strong," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "Dalton dove really well tonight. I was very impressed he just missed his Zone diving score."
Continuing the Cowboys run of victories was Kalms in the 100 freestyle touching the wall first with a time of 45.84. Calhoon came back from a defeat in the 1000 free to win the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:53.83. In the 200 breaststroke, Fischer won his second event of the day finishing with a time of 2:07.76.
The Cowboy's win streak halted at the 500 freestyle when sophomore Griffel took second with a time of 4:40.59.
In the next event, the 100 butterfly Nick Rutecki touched the wall first for UW with a time of 52.12.After the 100 fly came the second diving break. On the 3-meter springboard Haas continued his excellent night taking second with a mark of 271.20. Campbell took third with a final mark of 261.75.
In the 200 individual medley, freshman Jordan Turner took second place (1:58.31) touching out his senior teammate Fischer (1:59.14).
The Cowboys final event win came in the 400 freestyle relay, with Kalms, Frey, Ryan O'Leary and Griffel touching the wall first with a time of 3:03.60.
Next up for Cowboy swimming will be a dual against Colorado School of Mines on Jan. 28 in Greeley, Colo. with the start time set for noon. The Cowboy divers will return to the Air Force Academy for the Air Force Diving Invitational on Jan. 27-28.
"We need to continue to improve the rest of the season and race even faster next week," Johnson said.