Feb. 9, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming swimming and diving team completed a weekend sweep of their Front Range rivals on Saturday by beating Air Force at Corbett Pool. With their two wins today, as well as the Cowgirls win over Colorado State on Friday, both the Cowboys and Cowgirls secure a third place finish in the final Mountain West Conference dual standings. The Cowgirls finish with a record of 8-3 overall and 6-2 in the MWC while the Cowboys finish 4-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
"This was a fun meet. It was a great way to send off these seniors and also a nice way to close out the regular season," said veteran UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This was a great team effort on both sides. It was also very nice to wrap up third place in the conference standings for both the men and women. The divers were amazing again and are really clicking right now. I can't emphasize how much they mean to this team."
En route to a 175-123 victory, the Cowboys won 12 of 16 events on the day. Eli Bell, Sam King and Matt Urich led the charge with two individual event victories apiece. Bell won the 100 (46.46) and 200 freestyles (1:41.35). Urich swam to first place finishes in the 100 (51.09) and 200 butterflies (1:55.36). King won the 200 backstroke (1:53.59) and the 200 IM (1:53.93).
Other first place finishes for the Pokes came from Tyler Miller (317.40 in three-meter diving), Robbie Hilton (1000 free in 9:56.63), Tommy Gregory (50 free in 21.50), Kyle Bogner (323.25 in one-meter diving) and Alex Larkin (200 breaststroke in 2:06.29). The Cowboys also closed out the meet in style by winning the 400 freestyle relay.
"The highlight of the day was Robbie Hilton's win in the 1000 free. He was six seconds behind and ran the Air Force kid down and touched him out at the end," added Johnson. "Eli, Sam and Matt (Urich) all had great days and came up with some big wins for us. We found a way to win some close events and that was the difference."
On the women's side, the Cowgirls won 15 of 16 events, including both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, as they cruised to a 166-107 win. Individually, Stephanie Ortiz, Molly Janak and Krista Jones led the way for the Cowgirls with two first place finishes apiece. Ortiz won both diving events for second consecutive day, finishing with a one-meter score of 268.95 and a three-meter score of 288.08. Janak won the 100 backstroke (59.79) and the 200 backstroke (2:10.73). Jones swam to a first place finish in both the 1000 freestyle (10:46.84) and the 500 freestyle (5:14.86).
The other first place finishes for the Cowgirls came from Aimee Stinson (200 free in 1:53.47), Kaella Hartigan (1:08.28 in the 100 breaststroke), Shauna Nelson (2:14.03 in the 200 fly), Angela DeWolf (25.04 in the 50 free), Stephanie Vint (2:28.96 in the 200 breaststroke), Maggie Bach (58.90 in the 100 fly) and Lesley Young (2:13.62 in the 200 IM). Stinson's swim in the 200 freestyle was good for a new Corbett Pool record, the fifth of the weekend for the Cowgirls.
"This was a good way for the women to wrap up the dual season. We were able to get some kids into some new events and have a fun meet after such an exciting meet against CSU last night. Seeing Aimee get the pool record in the 200 free was great. For the women to break five pool records over the weekend was something very special."
Today's meet was a memorable day for six Wyoming seniors and one junior. Seniors Angela DeWolf, Rachel Leyes, Brittany Wainwright, Levi Bell, Sam King and Will McCallum all competed for the final time in Corbett Pool and were honored prior to the meet. Junior Sam Shook was also honored as he will leave the Cowboys following this season to become a Navy Seal.
The UW swimming and diving team now has two and a half weeks to prepare for the 2008 MWC Championships. The championships will run from Wednesday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, March 1 in Oklahoma City, Okla.