Wyoming Swimming And Diving Defeats Mesa State In Its First Regular Season Dual

Oct. 15, 2010


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The University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving team hosted its first dual of the 2010-11 season on Friday, with both the Cowboys and Cowgirls defeating the Mesa State Mavericks.

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls came away with big victories over the Mavericks. The Cowboys final score ended at 169-121, and the Cowgirls 172-116. Each Wyoming team improved their record on the early season to 1-0 in dual meets.

"This was a meet we were able to have some fun with and we could swim some off events and put different people in relays that normally aren't in those," Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnson said. "We have some of our kids who will be swimming a lot of events tomorrow in Denver so I tried to lay off them and get some other kids in their places."

The Cowboys and Cowgirls both started the dual with wins in the 400 medley relay and never looked back.

The Cowgirls won ten individual events during today's dual. The meet started with Casey Robinson winning the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:56.14. Paige Fischer won the 200 free with a time of 1:59.35. The Cowgirls were defeated in the 100 backstroke by Jaclyn McMillen of Mesa State, but Mackenzie Norlin was just nine-tenths of a second behind her with a time of 1:01.79. In the 50 free Cowgirl Kenzie Hewson defeated her Mesa rivals by almost two full seconds, with a time of 24.01. Other individual event winners for the Cowgirls included; Jehan Atoe in the 100 free, Meghan Swirzcki in the 200 back, Casey Robinson in the 500 free, Nikki Finnesand in the 100 butterfly, and Mackenzie Norlin in the 200 IM.

The Cowboys also had an impressive showing in tonight's meet also winning ten individual events. UW's Andrew Huddleston started the `Pokes off right with a 20 second victory in the 1000 free. Individual event winners for the Cowboys are as follows; Ethan Griffel in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.75, Tyler Kybartas in the 100 back with a time of 53.64 which is just three seconds off the Corbett Pool record, Kendrick Bachman won the 100 breaststroke, Jeff Frey won the 50 free with a time of 21.85 just one-second off the pool record, Jayce Calhoon won the 200 back for the Cowboys, Brandon Fischer also came away with a 200 breast win for UW, Ross Johnson won the 500 free, Narayan Naik won the 100 fly, and Christian Johnson won the 200 IM for the Cowboys.

In today's diving action the Cowboys and Cowgirls had some excellent performances against Mesa State including one new pool record. Cowgirl Allie Smith set a new Corbett Pool record on the 1-meter spring board with a score of 307.50. Smith was not the only Cowgirl to excel this evening, Virginia Marcon won the 3-meter spring board with a score of 267.75. Cowboy seniors Mark Murdock and Kyle Bogner both dove well on the one and three meter boards taking first and second on each respectively.

"For Allie to come in and perform like that was outstanding," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "We came out a little sluggish but once the crowd got here we really seemed to dive well."

"I think the coolest thing I saw tonight was the crowd, I am not sure if I have ever seen a crowd like this and I know our kids really perform well when this place is packed," added Johnson.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will now travel to Denver to take part in the Denver Relays tomorrow beginning at 1 p.m.