Wyoming Swimming And Diving Opens Up Season With Brown And Gold Dual

Oct. 8, 2010

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The University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving team began the 2010-11 season against itself on Friday night in the annual Brown and Gold Dual. The Brown team beat the Gold team, 323-262 and earned Saturday morning off from practice.

"I thought it was a really great meet, the freshmen really stepped up and swam well," head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson said. "Both the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay swam as well as they do during the season which I was very happy with."

The women's 200 medley relay team for the Brown squad consisting of Kelsey Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Claudia Carlson and Kenzie Hewson was in true mid-season form finishing with a time of 1:45.76, which is just four seconds behind the record set last season. Multiple event winners for the Cowgirls included; freshman Claudia Carlson in the 100 and 200 butterfly and the 200 individual medley, as well as junior Lauren Hewson who took first in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

On the men's side multiple event winners included; sophomore Kendrick Bachman who won the 200 IM and the 200 fly, junior Brandon Fischer was also a multiple event winner in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, finally, freshman Ethan Griffel won the 200 and 500 freestyle.

In diving seniors Allie Smith and Mark Murdock stole the show winning both the one and three meter events respectively. Also seniors Kyle Bogner and Virginia Marcon scored very well in both the one and three meter events placing second in both.

"With my top athletes we are building to the NCAA's, I saw a lot of things improve that we have been working on in practice that really encourages me," diving coach Pat Bukowski said.

"Everyone was a little bit rusty, but I would rather get the rust out in an intersquad meet than when it really counts in a regular season meet," Johnson added.

Wyoming Swimming and Diving will begin the 2010-11 regular season next Friday night with a home dual against Mesa State University, beginning at 5 p.m. They will also travel to Denver to take part in the Denver Relays on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.