Wyoming Swimming and Diving Opens MWC Dual Season by Sweeping TCU on the Road

Nov. 10, 2007


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Both the Cowboy and Cowgirl swimming and diving team opened their Mountain West Conference dual seasons with a road win over TCU, Saturday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas. The Cowboys swam past TCU by a final score of 172-128 and the Cowgirls beat the Horned Frogs 173-123.

With today's win, both Wyoming teams improve to 1-0 in the MWC while the Cowgirls are now 3-1 overall and the Cowboys are 1-2. TCU's men fall to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the MWC and their women fall to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

"We had a good day and started the conference season off on a good note," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I am really proud of our kids for their hard work as I always am. I thought the breaststroke and diving events were key to both wins."

The Cowboys won nine of 16 events and picked up some big second and third place finishes to seal their first dual win of the season. Senior Sam King and junior Alex Larkin led the way as they each won two events. King won both the 200 butterfly (1:56.41) and the 200 IM (1:54.74) and Larkin won the 100 breaststroke (56.93) and 200 breaststroke (2:02.62).

The most dominant event of the day for the Cowboys was the 200 IM where junior Sam Shook (1:57.28) and senior Will McCallum (1:57.35) followed King to sweep the top-three spots in the event.

The other first place finishes for the Pokes came from freshman Robbie Hilton, junior Eli Bell, junior Tyler Miller, sophomore Matt Jones and freshmen James Rigg. Hilton won the 1000 freestyle (9:46.28), Bell won the 200 freestyle (1:42.12), Miller won the one-meter diving event (280.05), Jones won the 500 freestyle (4:43.45) and Rigg won the 100 butterfly (51.50). The Cowboy wins in the 100 and 200 butterfly were key as the Pokes had to do without the services of junior Matt Urich, the Cowboys top butterfly swimmer, who was under the weather.

"Our guys did a great job of filling in for Matt Urich who woke up sick this morning, especially the three freshmen (James Rigg, Christian Verbrugghe and Nathan Fuller) who swam the 100 fly. I also thought that Matt Jones did a great job by getting a first and second place finish in the distance freestyle events," added Johnson. "As for the women, I thought they just had a great meet from top to bottom."

The Cowgirls had a very dominating win as they placed first in 12 events including both relays. They opened and closed the meet with those relay wins in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle with respective times of 1:48.30 and 3:35.50.

Individually, junior Aimee Stinson and freshman Erin Wagner each won multiple events. Stinson won the 100 (52.75), 200 (1:52.35) and 500 (5:04.75) freestyles and Wagner won both the 200 backstroke (2:08.27) and 200 IM (2:12.00).

The Cowgirls swept the diving events as senior Brittany Wainwright won the one-meter event (256.43) and sophomore Stephanie Ortiz won the three-meter (258.60).

The other individual first place finishes came from freshman Lesley Young in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.12), sophomore Cassie Stelow in the 50 freestyle (24.25), sophomore Megan Evans in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.19).

Next weekend, the Cowboys will travel to Golden, Colo. to take on the Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Nov. 16. The meet will begin at 5 p.m. The Cowgirls will not return to the pool until they join the men to travel to the Washington Husky Invite which will be held from Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Seattle, Wash.