Oct. 12, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. / DENVER, COLO. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams wrapped up a successful opening weekend on Saturday at the Denver University Relays and the first-annual Wyoming Diving Invite. The swimmers won 11 of the 23 events at DU Relays with both the Cowboys and Cowgirls taking home the team titles. The women's team recorded 295 points with the men's team tallying 294 points. The UW divers also added team titles and an overall team title at the Wyoming Diving Invite in Corbett Pool.
"It was great racing today and I was very pleased in how we got the ball rolling after a slow start," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "It was a great effort from our kids and we showed great energy and enthusiasm, which is a great start as we are ready to get the season going."
The Cowgirls won five events on the day. The veteran lineup of senior Morgan Hartigan, junior Claudia Carlson, sophomore Emily Ridout and Junior Melanie McDonough helped the Cowgirls win in the 100 freestyle relay with a time of 43.34. UW added another event title the following race with the team of Hartigan, junior Karen Hendrick, Carlson and senior Jordan Denny, as they won the 100 freestyle underwater relay at 47.32. Wyoming won its third-straight event with a victory in the 400 medley relay at 3:58.40, as the team of Hartigan, Carlson, senior Stephanie Young and sophomore Molly Coonce won the event. The Cowgirls' butterfly trio of Carlson, Coonce and Hendrick dominated the field in the 300 butterfly relay with a time of 2:50.34. The 100 medley relay team of Hartigan, Coonce, Carlson and McDonough won UW's final event on the women's side with a time of 47.50.
The Cowboys won four-straight events and five overall. UW took the 100 freestyle relay with a time of 37.45, as the team of junior Adam Kalms, senior Ethan Griffel, junior Ryan O'Leary and senior Jeff Frey won the event by a tenth of a second. Wyoming won the 100 freestyle underwater relay with the team of Kalms, sophomore George Eglesfield, senior Nick Rutecki and senior Jayce Calhoon, as the foursome finished at 40.29. The 400 medley relay team of Kalms, sophomore Ryan Nelson, junior Jordan Turner and sophomore Kyle Scalise won the Cowboys' third-straight event at 3:30.16. The fourth-consecutive win for UW came in the 500 freestyle relay with the team of Frey, O'Leary, Kalms and Griffel, as they won the event by seven seconds at 4:02.64. The 400 freestyle relay team of Kalms, O'Leary, Griffel and Frey wrapped up the final event win for the Cowboys at 3:03.55.
The final event won by Wyoming came in the 200 mixed medley relay, as the all-star lineup of Hartigan, Coonce, Kalms and O'Leary finished with a time of 1:39.23.
The diving teams wrapped up the weekend in impressive fashion taking the overall team title with 313 points. Senior Amanda Fay was the women's high point champion recording 54 points. Senior Derek Campbell took home the men's high point crown tallying 48 points.
"Our kids put on a great show all weekend long," said diving coach Yahya Radman. "I couldn't be happier with our effort and I'm excited to get back in the pool."
The synchronized diving event concluded the two-day meet on Saturday morning. Newcomers Kari Campbell and Lauren Puglisi took the title with a score of 189.6. The duo edged out Fay and Holly Heussner, as the veteran pair recorded a 187.88.