LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team battled the Denver Pioneers in its first dual of the season, which ended on Friday afternoon.
The Cowboys won six of the 15 events at the Laramie Recreation Center, including the 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 500 freestyle, 3-meter diving and 200 breaststroke. A number of swimmers contributed to the victory, but Gabe Rooker and Bryce Carter stood out, winning the 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, respectively.
"I felt we swam better as the meet went on this afternoon," UW head coach TJ Johnson said. "The best events for us today were the last events. We were able to hang with their 400 relay, but with freshmen and sophomores, it's a learning experience. We will work on some technical stuff during practice and continue to get better every day."
Rooker claimed the top time in the 50 breaststroke with a final mark of 25.90, while Carter swam the 50 freestyle with a 21.10. Sophomore Ryan Ball had an impressive meet for UW as well, winning the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:42.62. Liam Holt and Wade Nelson went one-two for the Pokes in the 200 breaststroke. Holt finished with a time of 2:08.32, as Nelson finished close behind with a time of 2:08.34.
The Cowboy divers also did their part in helping UW on Friday evening. Ryan Russi took home the title in the 3-meter event, while Austin Rettinghouse won the 1-meter. Russi won with a score of 335.93 and Rettinghouse earned a 316.95 on the 1-meter. Russi also finished second on the 1-meter event, while Rettinghouse claimed second place on the 3-meter. Jacob Rehmeier took third in both the 1 and 3-meter events for the Pokes.
"Wade (Nelson) had a great day. Kyle (Scalise) raced hard for us, really no different than he ever does," Johnson added. Bryce (Carter) had an unbelievable meet as well. The divers did great also, they took all three top spots in both boards and helped our team tremendously today."
Senior Kyle Scalise finished second behind Rooker in the 50 breaststroke and Sam Loescher claimed second in the 50 free behind Carter. Rooker took home the third place finish in the 50 freestyle and Eric Oleson took second in the 1,000 freestyle. Wade Nelson also claimed second in the 50 butterfly, while Slade Sheaffer finished second in the 200 freestyle with a final mark of 1:42.14.
The Cowboys will take two weeks to continue practice before they hit the road to face Northern Arizona and Louisiana State on Oct. 30-31.