Nov. 5, 2011
DALLAS, Texas -
The Wyoming swimming and diving teams traveled to Dallas, Texas on Friday, Nov. 4, for the Cowgirls to dual North Texas and SMU, while the Cowboys dueled SMU. The Cowgirls defeated North Texas 57-56 and fell to SMU 74-39. The Cowboys fell to SMU 139-104.
"I feel like we swam a solid meet," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I was really impressed that the ladies came back and won the meet on the last race."
On the women's side the Cowgirls started the meet off with an excellent swim in the 400 medley relay. Cowgirls Kelsey Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Claudia Carlson and Nikki Finnesand took second place with an all-time top-10 time of 3:48.08.
Following the 400 medley relay, Cowgirl Kasey Robinson picked up the Cowgirls only win of the day in the 1000 freestyle. Robinson touched out her nearest competitor by almost one second swimming a time of 10:22.51.
"Kasey just had an awesome meet today," Johnson said. "She was probably our MVP today, I was really impressed with how she came out and completed today."
The Cowgirls did not pick up any more wins the rest of the way through the meet, but they had some swims that Johnson was impressed with. Hartigan swam an excellent race in the 200 individual medley placing third with a time of 1:35.81. In the 200 fly, Carlson swam a good race placing third with a swim of 2:05.71. In the 100 freestyle, Conci took second place just being touched out by one-hundredth of a second swimming a 50.80.
Trailing North Texas by six points going into the final race the Cowgirls needed to defeat UNT in the 200 freestyle relay. Cowgirls Conci, Finnesand, Kenzie Hewson and Jehan Atoe defeated the North Texas squad by swimming at 1:35.59. The victory gave the Cowgirls seven points sealing their 57-56 victory.
In diving, Cowgirl Carolyn Wallace was UW's highest finisher on both the 1-and 3-meter springboards. She placed third on the 1-and 3-meter with scores of 238.10 and 233.20, respectively.
Men's results against SMU have not become available at this time, however Johnson was very pleased with the swims of some of his Cowboys.
According to Johnson, the Cowboys really dominated the distance events. He was very pleased with the swims of Jayce Calhoon and Joey Ferreri in the 1000 free.
"I think we really dominated the 1000 free," Johnson added. "I was really pleased with how Jayce swam the 1000 he really was able to pull away in the end. Joey also came back from behind in the 1000 and finished strong."
In the 200 and 500 freestyle, Johnson was very pleased with the swim of sophomore Ethan Griffel. In the breaststroke and individual medley Johnson said that senior Brandon Fischer had a great meet dominating both events.
"Overall I was very pleased with how the men swam today," Johnson added. "We didn't get blow out of the water by SMU which is really encouraging. I felt our times on the men's side today were really fast in-season times. I am pleased our men are really working their tails off and that is all I can ask for."
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will take the shot trip to Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 5 to take on the TCU Horned Frogs with the meet start set for 12 p.m. MT.