Wyoming Swimming and Diving Swims Past UC Santa Barbara

Nov. 14, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams opened its weekend in the Golden State with a pair of wins over UC Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Cowboys earned their first dual win of the season with a 132-130 win. The Cowgirls moved to 5-0 on the season picking up a 154-106 victory.

"It was a good dual and swimming outdoors is a different challenge for our kids," UW associate head coach Matt Leach said. "We did a really good job of changing and adapting showing we are getting stronger."

The Cowgirls won 11 events on the afternoon. Eight different swimmers won an event with junior Emily Ridout winning two. She won the 50 freestyle at 23.41 and the 100 freestyle at 52.11. Redshirt junior Emily Stucky added a win in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:52.60. She transferred to UW from UC Santa Barbara. California native Junior Keara Chang won the 500 freestyle clocking in at 5:03.01. In the 1,000 freestyle, junior Nicole Hlavacek won the event at 10:19.81. She was followed by senior Aliyah Mikulski and junior Lauren McClure.

Senior Claudia Carlson won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.61. She was followed by junior Molly Coonce and senior Karen Hendrick. Coonce added a win in the 100 butterfly at 55.90. Sophomore Abby Sullivan won the 200 backstroke with a time of 55.90. Junior Emma Dow had a great race winning the 400 individual medley with a mark of 4:28.99.

The Cowgirls won both relays. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Sullivan, freshman Maria Harutjunjan, Coonce and Ridout clocked in at 1:45.83. In the 400 freestyle relay the team of Ridout, sophomore Danielle Badger, junior Sarae Dydo and Stucky finished at 3:28.05.

The Cowboys won eight events with three swimmers winning two events. Freshman Ryan Ball won the 1,000 freestyle at 9:27.83. He added a win in the 200 backstroke at 1:51.43. Senior Adam Kalms added wins in the 100 backstroke at 50.46 and 100 freestyle with a time of 45.00.

Junior Ryan Nelson returned to his home state adding wins in the 500 freestyle at 4:36.01. Junior Kevin Waller finished right behind Nelson. Nelson then won the 400 individual medley at 3:57.54. Junior Kyle Scalise won the 100 breaststroke with an impressive mark of 56.82.

The Cowboys took the final race of the day in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of freshman Kyle White, senior Ryan O'Leary, junior Bryce Carter and Kalms. They finished the event with a time of 3:02.51.

"It was great for our distance swimmers have a great day," Leach said. "I also felt our guys really turned the corner today."

Wyoming returns to the pool tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. MT taking on Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.