UW Swimming and Diving Splits Road Dual with Denver

Nov. 3, 2007


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In their first dual meet of the season, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team beat the Denver Pioneers 178-122 while the Cowboys fell 160.5-127.5, Saturday afternoon at El Pomar Natatorium in Denver, Colo.

"This meet was everything we thought it would be. It was one of the finest college dual meets that we, as a team, have had," said veteran UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I am so proud of our kids. Our girls were great today and turned in one special performance after another. While I am disappointed with the men's outcome, they swam their hearts out and have nothing to hang their heads about. We had a big group of parents, fans and alumni here and the kids and I really enjoyed having them come out and support us."

The Cowgirls won 12 of 16 events on the day including three individual victories each from junior Aimee Stinson and sophomore Megan Evans.

After winning the first individual event of the day, the 1000 freestyle in 10:32.73, Stinson stepped onto the blocks in the very next event and won the 200 freestyle (1:52.75). She rounded out the day by winning the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:07.15. Evans had a record day in winning the 100 breaststroke (1:05.06), the 200 breaststroke (2:19.71) and the 200 IM (2:06.53). Her time in the 100 is the fourth best in UW history, her 200 time is the fifth best and her 200 IM time is the fourth fastest.

Senior Brittany Wainwright and sophomore Cassie Stelow each chipped in greatly and won two events apiece. Wainwright led the UW divers and won both the one- and three-meter events with respective scores of 264.53 and 240.90. Stelow won both the 50 (23.91) and 100 (52.79) freestyles.

The Cowgirls also earned a big relay win in the final event of the day, the 400 freestyle relay. In the event, Stelow, freshman Stephanie Vint, junior Krista Jones and Stinson turned in a time of 3:31.94.

The other first place finish for the Cowgirls came from Vint in the 200 butterfly (2:06.72).

The Cowboys had some great times but won just seven of 16 events in falling to a very tough Denver team. With the win, Denver's men remained undefeated on the young season. Junior Matt Urich led the way for the Cowboys by winning both the 100 (50.33) and 200 (1:53.20) butterfly events. Senior Sam King won the 200 IM in a time of 1:55.44, junior Eli Bell won the 100 freestyle in 46.38 and junior Alex Larkin won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:04.68.

The Cowboys also won both diving events as Denver did not compete in men's diving. Freshman Kyle Bogner had the top score in the one-meter event (267.23) and junior Tyler Miller did so in the three-meter event (292.50).

The UW swimming and diving team will take to the road next weekend as they travel to Texas for a busy weekend. On Friday, both teams will dual against SMU while the Cowgirls also dual with North Texas. On Saturday, both teams will open Mountain West Conference action as they take on TCU.