Jan. 28, 2012
GREELEY, Colo. -
The Wyoming swimming and diving teams competed at two separate locations on Saturday, but each had excellent performances. The Cowgirl swimmers defeated Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines 162-92 and 170-61, respectively. The Cowboy swimmers also swam against CSM defeating it 160-94. While the UW swimmers were competing in Greeley, Colo., the UW divers dove at the Air Force Diving Invite in Colorado Springs, Colo., and had another excellent day of scoring.
In today's swimming action the Cowboys and Cowgirls both swam against Colorado School of Mines, while just the Cowgirls swam against Northern Colorado. Both teams controlled the meet from beginning to end combining for 24 event wins, with the women winning 14 events and the men winning 10.
"We handled both UNC and School of Mines pretty well today," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We left a lot of our fastest kids and home and some of our younger kids had some really solid times."
Sophomore Young led the way for the Cowgirls winning three events on the day. She swept the breaststroke events winning the 100 breast with a time of 1:07.40 and the 200 breast with a time of 2:26.82. She also touched the wall first in the 200 individual medley finishing with a time of 2:14.44.
"I think Stephanie winning three events today was definitely the best day of anyone," Johnson said.
Three other Cowgirls in Denny, Morgan Hartigan and Nikki Finnesand won multiple events. Denny picked up two wins for UW in the 100 backstroke (1:00.15) and 500 freestyle (5:13.53). Hartigan swept the sprint freestyle events winning the 50 free (23.90) and 100 free (52.30). Finnesand also swept two events of her own winning the 100 and 200 butterfly with times of 59.01 and 2:11.81, respectively.
Other event wins for the Cowgirls included: Aliyah Mikulski in the 1000 free (10:48.04), Bull in the 200 free (1:57.74), Jehan Atoe in the 200 backstroke (2:09.77) and the 200 free relay team of Hartigan, Finnesand, Atoe and Bull (1:38.29).
Two Cowboys in Calhoon and Adam Kalms won multiple events for UW. Sophomore Calhoon won both the 100 backstroke (53.02) and the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.18. Kalms, who continues his excellent start to his Cowboy career, won the 50 free (21.28) and 500 free (4:47.10) for the Pokes.
Four other Cowboys picked up event wins as well as the 200 freestyle relay team. Other individual event winners included: LeValley in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:20.13, Joseph Ferreri in the 200 butterfly (2:00.32), O'Leary in the 100 free (47.84) and Ethan Griffel in the 200 backstroke (1:56.33). The 200 freestyle relay team of Kalms, John Dowd, O'Leary and Ferreri touched the wall in first with a time of 1:27.02.
In today's competition at the Air Force Diving Invite, Cowboy divers Derek Campbell and Dalton Haas secured NCAA Zone qualifying scores on the 1-meter springboard. Campbell took first on his second event of the weekend on the 1-meter scoring 318.70, which is 18 points higher than the NCAA Zone required score of 300. Freshman Haas finished right behind Campbell in second place with a score of 313.95. Both divers have now qualified in all three competition dives for the NCAA Zone diving meet in March.
The other events competed in today at the AFA Invite were the women's 3-meter springboard and the men's platform dive.
On the women's 3-meter the Cowgirls did not qualify any divers for the finals.
On the men's platform, Haas finished in second place with a final mark of 234.30, while Campbell finished just behind in third with a final score of 233.10.
"I feel like we had a really good weekend overall," UW diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "For Derek and Dalton to both pick up Zone's scores is awesome."
The Cowgirl swimmers and divers will now host Colorado State for Senior Day, on Friday, Feb. 3 in Corbett Pool. Racing is set to begin at 5 p.m. MT. The Cowboy swimmers and divers will not compete again until they travel to Long Beach, Calif., for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Feb. 15-18.