Wyoming Swimming And Diving Falls To TCU

Nov. 5, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas -

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The Wyoming swimming and diving teams were defeated by the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Cowboys fell to the Frogs 193.5-106.5 and the Cowgirls lost to TCU 166-134. The loss drops the Cowgirls dual record to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West. The Cowboys loss drops them to 0-2 overall.

"I thought our kids swam hard today," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I really feel like we didn't prepare our kids well enough to swim on back-to-back days."

Starting off the meet in the 200 medley relay the Cowgirls came away with a victory. Wyoming's `A' group of Kelsey Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Claudia Carlson and Kenzie Hewson took first with a time of 1:45.52. The Cowboys `A' squad of Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey took second place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:32.66.

Three Cowgirls recorded first place finishes including three by Hartigan, Paige Fischer and Caroline Wells. Fischer picked up the first win for the Cowgirls in the 1000 freestyle swimming a 10:30.35. Hartigan touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.48) for her first win of the day. She also won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.12. Her final win of the day was in the 200 individual medley touching the wall first with a time of 2:06.14. The other Cowgirl victory came from Wells in the 200 backstroke defeating the Frogs with a time of 2:04.78.

Other Cowgirls having good days placing second were Atoe, Conci, Meghan Swirzicki and Kasey Robinson. Atoe placed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.58. Conci placed second in the 50 free (23.75) and the 100 free (51.82). Swirzicki took second behind Hartigan in the 200 breast with a time of 2:23.30. In the 500 freestyle, Robinson also placed second with a time of 5:06.27.

"I thought the ladies swam alright," Johnson said. "We moved some people around thinking we could win in events without them, but our gambles did not pay off four us."

In today's diving, Cowgirl Carolyn Wallace was UW's highest finisher on both the 1-and 3-meter springboards with scores of 237.08 and 238.73, respectively.

On the men's side of today's meet, Cowboy Ethan Griffel had an excellent day winning two separate events. Griffel's first victory came in the 200 freestyle touching the wall first with a time of 1:40.98. He also won the 500 freestyle for UW with a time of 4:37.05. Also winning for the Cowboys was Jeff Frey in the 50 free with a time of 21.03. Brandon Fischer took second in three separate events. In the 100 breaststroke he swam a 56.52, in the 200 breast he took second with a time of 2:02.58 and in the 200 IM he swam a 1:56.95.

The Cowboy relay teams both placed second in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Cowboys Marshall Dilworth, Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Frey placed second in the 200 medley with a time of 1:32.66. The 400 free team of Frey, Ryan O'Leary, Griffel and Rutecki also took second with a time of 3:07.37.

"I thought our men were a lot sharper yesterday," Johnson said.

In the men's diving, Cowboy Valentin Schwarz took first place on the 1-meter with a mark of 260.55. On the 3-meter Schwarz took second with a score of 275.18. Sophomore Derek Campbell placed third on the 3-meter with a mark of 269.18.

Wyoming swimming and diving will return to Laramie on Friday, Nov. 11 when the Cowboys and Cowgirls host the Air Force Falcons. The meet on Friday against Air Force will be senior day for the Cowboys.

"I think we just need to keep pressing forward and keep improving," Johnson said. "We really need to be ready for Air Force because they are a much improved team."