LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams had a solid afternoon in Las Vegas on Saturday. The Cowgirls downed UNLV, 222-78, before falling to Nevada, 161-139 in a double dual, as the Pokes came out on top against the Rebels by a score of 174-119. In the last regular-season swimming events, UW claimed 17 victories in Buchanan Natatorium.
“We had an unbelievable meet this afternoon,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “The diving events actually went before all the swimming events, but our 200 relay teams did a great job of competing and put us in a great spot to begin with.”
Wyoming was able to get off to a great start as it won both the men’s and women’s 200 medley relays. Emily Stevens, Maria Harutjunjan, Molly Coonce and Emily Ridout brought home the first victory of the day for UW with a time of 1:42.30. The Pokes won with a mark of 1:30.46, as a tandem of Austin Layman, Gabe Rooker, George Eglesfield and Bryce Carter touched the wall first.
Eric Oleson won the fourth event of the dual in the 1000 free. His time of 9:32.85 was just ahead of fellow Cowboy Kyle Moore, who took second with a mark of 9:42.84. Jack Herron (1:38.79) then went on to win the 200 free, as Slade Sheaffer (1:40.51) took second. Abby Sullivan brought home the first win of the day for the Cowgirls in the 100 back. She finished with a time of 55.50. Sullivan also claimed victory in the 200 back (2:00.43).
“We had many personal best’s today, which was great to see,” Johnson added. “Unfortunately on both sides we had a few events get away from us but overall I thought we showed improvement from the Arizona State meet and I liked how they raced today. I hope we continue to work tremendously hard during practice while we prepare for the conference championships.”
Harutjunjan continued to tear through competition in the breast events. She won both the 100 and 200 events with times of 1:03.07 and 2:16.13, respectively. Rooker also continued to impress in the breast events on the men’s side. Rooker swept each event against the Rebels. He had a final of 54.49 in the 100 breast and a 1:59.53 in the 200 for the Pokes.
Ridout brought in major points for the Cowgirls by winning the 50 and 100 free. She had times of 22.87 and 50.61. Ryan Ball won the 200 back for the Pokes with a mark of 1:49.08, while Oleson (4:33.74) brought home another victory in the 500 free. Wyoming swept the 100 fly events, as Coonce (54.83) and Eglesfield (49.56) claimed the victories just before Ball won the 200 IM (1:50.19).
Austin Rettinghouse paced Wyoming in the diving events. He took second in each the 1 and 3-meter diving events with scores of 318.85 and 320.85, respectively.
Sullivan’s time in the 100 back (55.50) was the seventh-best in Cowgirl history, while Harutjunjan had the ninth-fastest time in the 100 breast (1:03.07) and the eighth-best mark in the 200 (2:16.13). Ridout marked the seventh-best finish in Cowgirl history in the 50 free (22.87), and the eighth-fastest in the 100 (50.61). Sullivan claimed another top-ten time in the 200 back, while Coonce added another top-mark with the fifth-best finish in the 100 fly (54.83).
The divers will return to action this coming Friday to take part in the Air Force Diving Invite in Colorado Springs. The Cowgirl swimmers are off until the Mountain West Championships, which are scheduled for Feb. 17-20, while the Pokes will next compete in the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 24-27.