Oct. 15, 2011
DENVER, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl swimming team had a good showing at the Denver University Relays on Saturday afternoon. The Cowboys won five events at the relays, while the Cowgirls won two. With only Wyoming and Denver competing in this year's relay event the teams raced each other. The Pioneers defeated both the Cowboys (194-168) and the Cowgirls (208-172).
"We were much improved than a week ago," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "Everyone showed improvement from last week and that's what I asked them to do. All in all I was pretty pleased with today's meet. This was a good college meet for our freshmen gain some experience."The Cowboys picked up the first win for UW in the 200 medley relay. Cowboys Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey touched the wall first with a time of 1.32.17. In the 100 freestyle Frey, Dilworth, Rutecki and Ryan O'Leary defeated the Pioneers with a time of 37.85. In the 500 freestyle relay, Wyoming's Frey, O'Leary, Logan Parker and Ethan Giffel took first place with a time of 4:05.23. Dilworth, Fischer, Rutecki and Frey combined for another win in the 100 medley relay (41.95). The Pokes final win came in the 400 freestyle when Giffel, Frey, O'Leary and Rutecki touched the wall first with a time of 3:06.38.
"On the men's side I was really like how we started and finished the meet," Johnson said. "Our sprinters were awesome today, they swam like men. Jeff was on fire today and Brandon also had a really good meet. Our men just need to realize that everyone needs to contribute and keep getting better."
The Cowgirls first win came in the 1500 freestyle where Paige Fischer, Kasey Robinson and Jessy Badaracco swam their way into first place with a time of 15:33.17. The Cowgirls other win come in the 300 breaststroke relay. Morgan Hartigan, Laruen Hewson, and Meghan Swirzcki took first place with a time of 3:17.84. Johnson was very pleased with the swims in the Cowgirl 500 freestyle team that took second place. The 500 free squad of Hartigan, Kelsey Conci, Robinson and Fischer swam a 4:34.82. The Cowgirls 300 backstroke team of Conci, Jordan Denny and Kenzie Hewson also swam an excellent race placing second. One week after breaking the Corbett Pool record in the 100 backstroke Conci set the DU Pool Record in the lead leg of the 200 medley relay, with a time of 25.23.
"I was really pleased with how Kasey and Paige finished the 500 freestyle relay," Johnson added. "We were way behind and they brought us back in it. Morgan had a great lead leg of the 300 breaststroke. Jordan had a great time in the 300 backstroke. She is going to be a great swimmer and is improving every day. It is great to see Kelsey swimming that fast this early in the season as well. I was pleased with how are women swam we just ran out of gas toward the end of the meet."
Wyoming swimming and diving will be off the coming week Oct. 16-22. The Cowgirls will return to the pool on Oct. 29 in Albuquerque against the New Mexico Lobos. The Cowboys will rejoin the Cowgirls when they compete next on Nov. 4 when they travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU.