Wyoming Opens MW Championships

Feb. 17, 2016


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team began the 2016 MW Championships in College Station, Texas, on Wednesday. After the first day of events, UW is in seventh place with 51 total team points.

"Our divers did a great job today against tough competition," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "I'm proud of how they led us and I know they're up for the challenge tomorrow. After today we are still right in the middle of everything. We then found ourselves in a bit of a hole, but everyone continued to work hard and compete."

For the first time as a Cowgirl, Kari Campbell advanced to the 1-meter final event at the championships. Campbell recorded a score of 272.75 and finished in eighth place to pace UW. She was the lone Cowgirl in the final after posting a score of 268.80 and finishing seventh in the preliminary round.

Keely Bishop placed first in the "B" Final and ninth overall, after she took tenth in the prelims (260.10). Lauren Puglisi finished 12th overall and fourth in the consolation competition. During the prelims, Puglisi was 16th (238.30) and CeeJay Harris came in 23rd with a score of 224.95.

The Cowgirls opened the night by initially placing third in the 200 free relay, but were disqualified for an early takeoff. In the 800 free relay, a quartet of Kelly Sheldon, Emily Stucky, Keara Chang and Isobel Ryan touched the pads for a time of 7:20.06 to claim sixth place for UW. Despite the sixth place finish, it was the best time the Cowgirls had recorded at any MW championship meet.

"The 200 free was a great swim for us," Johnson added. "Unfortunately, we made one small mistake by jumping a little too soon. I was happy with how they competed in both relays. Boise State and Nevada did what they needed to and had a great race in the 800 free."

The Cowgirls return to action tomorrow with the 200 free, 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. The divers will take part in the 3-meter springboard event. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m., MT, as the finals will start at 5:30 p.m.

"We are fully aware we have a lot of swimming left to do," Johnson mentioned. "We will stay focused and worry about the scoreboard at the end of the championships."

Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information for Thursday is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page. The meet is also available on the app Meet Mobile. The MW links are free of charge, while there is a $1.99 fee to view information on the Meet Mobile app.