LAS CRUCES, N.M. -
The Wyoming women’s swimming and diving team recorded 10 first-place finishes against New Mexico State on Friday afternoon. The Cowgirls came away with the victory by a score of 178-122 at the NMSU Swimming and Diving Complex.
“We have improved a lot from the Brown and Gold and the DU Relays earlier this month,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “We still have a few holes that we’ll deal with, but for the most part I thought we raced and swam well today. We had a number of individuals that posted great times for us. Emily (Ridout) seemed to do well in every event and Samantha (Burke) had a breakout meet as a freshman, she looked great and had an outstanding day.”
To open the meet, UW won the 400 medley relay with a team of Abby Sullivan, Emily Ridout, Molly Coonce and Danielle Badger. They claimed UW’s first event with a time of 3:51.64. Nicole Hlavacek brought home her first of two victories in the second event of the dual. She won the 1,000 freestyle with a mark of 10:37.97 and then also the 500 freestyle with a final time of 5:10.79.
Along with the 400 medley relay win, Sullivan won two other events for Wyoming. She won the 100 backstroke with a mark of 57.29 and the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.38. Ridout won four total events, two of which were a part of relays for the Cowgirls on the afternoon. Her first title came in the 100 breaststroke with a final time of 1:04.62. With a mark of 52.82, she claimed the 100 freestyle as well. She opened up the 200 freestyle relay that claimed first place with a time of 1:30.55. Ridout was joined in the 200 freestyle relay with Burke, Sarae Dydo and Emily Stucky.
Burke also won the 50 freestyle, as Dydo came in a close second. Burke finished with a time of 24.17, while Dydo posted a 24.58. Sophomore Keely Bishop claimed first place in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 271.05. She also placed third in the 3-meter competition, as Kari Campbell took third in the 1-meter.
“We were able to practice and lift this morning, so I am proud of the effort they put forth today,” Johnson added. “We will need to be a little sharper tomorrow. We have already seen New Mexico once this year, so we know they will be a tough opponent tomorrow.”
The Cowgirls will continue on to face New Mexico tomorrow. The dual is set to begin at 12 p.m., MT at Seidler Natatorium.