Feb. 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams closed the 2012-13 regular season with a split against the UNLV Rebels on Saturday in Buchanan Natatorium in Las Vegas. The Cowgirls defeated the Rebels 151-149 for their third-consecutive dual victory over UNLV, the Cowboys fell 166.5-131.5 snapping their season-long eight-dual winning streak. The win advances the Cowgirls record to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West, while the loss drops the Cowboys to 8-1 overall and 8-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
The Cowgirls defeated the Rebels in a close dual coming down to the meet's final events. With two events left in the dual the Cowgirls led the Rebels 133-131 before picking up a key event win in the 200 individual medley. Junior Morgan Hartigan won her third event of the day in the 200 IM finishing in 2:03.43, she was followed by senior Jessy Badaracco in second (2:05.60) and freshman Molly Coonce in fifth with a time of 2:08.84. The event gave the Cowgirls 14 total points to pull ahead 147-136. The meets final event was the 400 freestyle relay. UW's "A" group of freshman Emily Stucky, sophomore Claudia Carlson, freshman Emily Ridout and sophomore Jordan Denny were touched out at the wall losing to the UNLV "A" group by less than one second with a time of 3:27.95. The Cowgirls second-place finish in the relay gave them four team points to seal the 151-149 victory.
"I took Morgan out of the 400 freestyle relay and put her in the 200 IM because I knew if we went one, two, three we would win," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "This was an awesome effort by the Cowgirls. This was by far the best dual meet we have swam all year. What really helped us today is winning both diving boards. This was a great way for us to get ready for conference."
Hartigan led the way for the Cowgirls winning three events, followed by fellow junior Amanda Fay who swept both diving boards. Hartigan took first in the 50-yard freestyle (23.48), the 100 freestyle (50.75) and the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.43. Fay swept both diving boards, winning the 1-meter springboard with a mark of 271.13 and the 3-meter with a final tally of 276.53. Both marks are NCAA Zone "B" cut scores for Fay.
"Amanda did a really nice job today all of her hard work finally paid off," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "It was a tremendous effort for her today."
Joining Hartigan and Fay with event victories were Badaracco and Stucky. Badaracco touched the wall first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.62. Stucky won her first collegiate event in the 200 freestyle touching the wall in 1:52.55.
On the men's side, five Cowboys earned event victories in today's dual led by freshman Ryan Nelson who won the meet's first individual event, the 1000 freestyle, with a time of 9:24.21. Junior Ethan Griffel followed Nelson's win with a victory of his own in the 200 freestyle finishing in 1:38.41. Junior diver Derek Campbell won the Pokes next event taking first on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 296.33. Two events later, Jayce Calhoon touched the wall first in the 200 backstroke finishing with a time of 1:48.78.
"I was really proud of the guys today," Johnson said. "This was one of the best college dual meets I have ever been a part of. We won a handful of events we just could not put enough together to get the win."
"Derek had a solid day today," Radman said. "I thought he dove really well on the 1-meter, but it just did not click on the 3-meter today."
Wyoming swimming and diving will be off for the next two weeks before both teams travel to their respective conference championships on Feb. 20-23.