Wyoming Swimming Competes At DU Relays

Oct. 16, 2010

DENVER, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming Swimming team traveled to Denver on Saturday to take part in the DU relays.

"Overall I was pretty happy with how we preformed today, the thing that stood out the most to me was the underclassmen, they swam really well," UW head swimming coach Tom Johnson said. "I thought we looked tired today, but that happens we had a tough week of training and with the meet last night the kids were tired."

Coach Johnson was very pleased with a few of his female swimmers performances today.

"Kelsey Conci, Morgan Hartigan and Shelby Bull swam really well today and they were tough as nails," added Johnson.

The trio of Conci, Hartigan and Bull started the meet well for the Cowgirls coming in second in the 200 medley relay, just one second behind the University of Denver team. The Cowgirls next top finish came in the 4x25 relay, UW's Conci, Kenzie Hewson, Bull and Hartigan defeated the DU A relay team by just four-hundredths of a second with a time of 43.26. The Cowgirls other top finish of the day was in the 400 freestyle relay, the UW A team consisting of Bull, Conci, Hewson and Hartigan placed second just two seconds behind the DU A team with a time of 3:32.08. The final scores of today's women's events saw the Cowgirls place second with a score of 150, behind Denver who scored 178.

On the men's side, coach Johnson was a little disappointed but he felt the Cowboy's Tyler Kybartas and their 4x100 freestyle relay team preformed well.

"On the men's side we were very thin as we had to leave a lot of guys home for various reasons, but Tyler Kybartas and the 4x100 free relay showed tremendous improvement," Johnson added.

The Cowboys started the meet well with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay with the team consisting of Nathan Fuller, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey. The Cowboys did not place again in the top five until they swam in the 3x500 relay when they placed first. The relay team consisting of Kybartas, Ethan Griffel and Brett Henehan defeated the DU A team by almost 20 seconds. The 500 free relay team of Frey, Griffel, Christian Johnson and Tyler Kybartas also swam well placing second just two seconds off the pace of the DU A team. Wyoming's 4x100 team of Johnson, Griffel, Frey and Kybartas also placed fourth for the Cowboys with a time of 3:09.80. The Cowboys placed third in the final standings with a score of 102, behind the DU Pioneers and the Air Force Falcons.

Wyoming Swimming and Diving will be off until the first week of November when they host their first conference dual against the University of New Mexico on Nov. 5 beginning at 5 p.m.