Wyoming Swimmers And Divers Battle Each Other In The Annual Brown And Gold Meet

Oct. 7, 2011


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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team took part in their annual Brown and Gold Dual on Friday, in Corbett Pool. The Cowboys and Cowgirls were split into two coed teams pitted against one another. The Gold team defeated the Brown team, 294-266.

"I think in the past I have always called this meet the good, the bad and the ugly," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "What was nice about this meet was that the good, was really good. The bad wasn't really that bad, and of course there was still some ugly. This meet gives us an idea where we need to go from here. We are a good team and we have really good depth. The times in this meet were way faster than anytime I have ever seen in this meet."

The women's gold 200 medley relay `A' squad of Kelsey Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Jessy Badaracco and Shelby Bull started things off with victory, with a time of 1:45.50. Taking second was the brown team's `A' squad of Jehan Atoe, Lauren Hewson, Claudia Carlson and Makenzie Hewson (1:48.80).

In the men's 200 medley relay it was the brown team of Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey that touched the wall first with a time of 1:32.20. The gold team of Narayan Naik, Mick McCormick, Jordan Turner and John Dowd took second with a time of 1:36.28.

"The medley relays were fast today which was great," Johnson added.

Paige Fischer swimming for the gold team took first place in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 1:43.90. The brown team's Kasey Robinson placed second touching the wall in 10:51.96.

In the men's 1000 free, gold's Jayce Calhoon took first with a swim of 9:56.84. Freshman Joesph Ferreri also swimming for the gold team touched the wall in second (10:20.14) followed by the brown team's freshman Mitch Colby (10:34.17).

The gold team's Bull touched the wall first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:57.23. The brown team's Caroline Wells finished in second, just behind Bull, with a time of 1:58.46. Freshman Nicole Boyce took third place (1:59.84) for the gold team, while sophomore Mackenzie Norlin placed third (2:00.93).

On the men's side the gold team's sophomore Ethan Griffel placed first with a time of 1:46.44, just touching out his teammate Ryan O'Leary who finished second with a time of 1:46.65.

Conci placed first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.49 a full three seconds ahead of her gold teammate Jordan Denny (58.73). On the brown team, senior M. Hewson placed third (59.90) and Jehan Atoe placed fourth (1:01.04).

Senior Dilworth touched the wall first in the men's 100 back with a time of 52.30. Dilworth just touched out his gold team competitor Jayce Calhoon who swam a 52.62.

In the 100 breaststroke, sophomore Hartigan took first place on her way to swimming a new Corbett Pool record time of 1:03.87. Hartigan broke former Cowgirl Lesley Young's time of 1:04.02 that was set in 2008. Lauren Hewson took second for the brown team with a time of 1:04.80.

Senior Brandon Fischer swimming for the brown team took first place in the men's 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.48. Freshman McCormick took second for the gold with a time of 1:00.61.

The brown team's Claudia Carlson (2:08.84) and Leah Roesler (2:10.88) placed first and second, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Just behind Roesler was Badaracco who took third, with a time of 2:10.97.

Naik placed first in the 200 fly on the men's side (1:54.70), followed by brown team member Trevor LeValley (1:56.11).

Conci picked up her second win for the gold team in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.74. Nikki Finnesand (24.99) and Atoe (25.44) of the brown team touched the wall in second and third respectively.

In the men's 50 free, sophomore Frey took first with a time of 20.97. Freshman Ryan O'Leary took second with a time of 21.61.

Bull grabbed her second event win of the night in the 100 free with a time of 53.48. M. Hewson placed second with a time of 54.10.

Frey picked up his second win of the night in the 100 free with a time of 47.06. Griffel took second (47.42), O'Leary placed third (47.57) and Dowd placed fourth with a time of 48.76.

Freshman Jordan Denny, swimming for the gold team, came close to setting a new Corbett Pool record in the 200 backstroke with her winning time of 2:04.62. Wells took second with a time of 2:09.59.

Calhoon placed first in the men's 200 back, beating his nearest competitor by six seconds, with a time of 1:52.80. Dilworth took second place touching the wall in 1:58.76.

L. Hewson picked up her first win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.16, followed by the gold team's Meghan Swirzicki (2:27.08).Fischer earned his second event win of the night in the men's 200 breast with a time of 2:06.31. Placing second was McCormick swimming a 2:13.76.

In the women's 500 freestyle Fischer took home her second distance freestyle first place with a time of 5:10.49. Following Fischer was, the brown team's Kasey Robinson (5:11.24) and the gold team's Aliyah Mikulski (5:24.63).

In the men's 500 free, freshman Ferreri grabbed his first win of the evening with a time of 4:58.59. Giffel took second place with a time of 5:01.78.

Claudia Carlson touched the wall in first place for the brown team in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.65. Her teammates Finnesand and Roesler tied for second with a time of 59.38.

Rutecki won the men's 100 fly for the brown team with a time of 51.82. Naik took second with a time of 52.68.

Hartigan won her second event of the evening in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.54, followed by Norlin (2:11.79) and Carlson (2:12.22).

In the men's 200 IM, Fischer became the only three event winner of the night, touching the wall in first with a time of 1:55.64. Naik took second with a time of 1:59.16.

The last event of the evening was the 400 freestyle relay. On the women's side the gold `A' team of Conci, Bull, Fischer and Hartigan took first with a time of 3:34.65. On the men's side, the brown team consisting of Rutecki, Parker, Frey and Dilworth touched the wall first with a time of 3:10.30.

"Our 400 free relays were really fast tonight," Johnson said.

In tonight's diving on the women's 1-meter springboard, Amanda Fay won for the brown team with a mark of 245.25. The gold team's Sasha Andrie (225.53) and Carolyn Wallace (221.33) placed second and third, respectively. Freshman Holly Heussner placed fourth with a score of 207.53.

On the men's 1-meter sophomore Derek Campbell took first with a final mark of 290.70, with his teammate Valentin Schwarz behind him with a mark of 284.63. Freshmen Dalton Haas (252.15) and CT Robinson (230.85) placed third and fourth, respectively.

"I think the nerves of the first meet kind of got to the kids, but I think they settled in nicely," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "Tino (Schwarz) really stepped up tonight, even though Derek got him in the end. Amanda also dove really well for us this evening."

Instead of competing normally on the 3-meter springboard the divers choose to compete in pairs in the 1-meter springboard synchronized diving. Placing first for the women were Andrie and Wallace (117.30) and Heussner and Fay (116.25) took second. Campbell and Schwarz took first for the men with a mark of 144.70, while Robinson and Haas placed second (107.65).

"The 1-meter synchronized was something that was really pushed for by my athletes," Bukowski added. "It is just something fun for us to do and that is what this meet about."

Wyoming swimming and diving will return to action next weekend, Oct. 15-16 at the Denver University Relays in Denver, Colo.

"Last year we were terrible at the DU relays," Johnson said. "It is important that our kids realize that they need to race well because we will begin to really travel after that meet and it will help set our travel roster. I think the kids competiveness will really show itself next weekend."