Denny Leads Wyoming's Late Surge in Win Over Boise State

Nov. 16, 2013


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Junior Jordan Denny's push to finish the 400 freestyle relay helped the University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team defeat Boise State 154-146 on Saturday afternoon in Corbett Pool. Denny was the leader for the Cowgirls all afternoon, as she helped set a pool record in the 400 freestyle relay, after setting her own pool record in the 200 backstroke.

"These girls were prepared today and it was the toughest meet I have seen in this pool," head coach Tom Johnson said. "It was a great atmosphere in Corbett, it was just a great college dual meet."

Denny, a native of Billings, Mont., broke the Corbett Pool record in the 200 backstroke by over two seconds with a time of 2:02.14. She was also the leg of the 400 freestyle relay that broke the pool record with a time of 3:28.28. Joining her in the relay were junior Melanie McDonough, junior Claudia Carlson and sophomore Emily Ridout.

"Jordan had a monster day and it was just a gritty performance by her," Johnson said. Senior Morgan Hartigan added a pair of wins for UW. She swam a 55.62 in the 100 backstroke to open her day, a mark that ranks in the top-five in Cowgirl history. Hartigan added another win later in the meet in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.37, which gave the Cowgirls' a late three-point advantage over the Broncos.

Another big victory for the Cowgirls came in the 500 freestyle, as sophomore Emma Dow finished in first-place with a time of 5:10.47. Sophomore Keara Chang finished right behind Dow at 5:10.66, as UW earned 13 points in the race.

"It was a big win for us in the 500 freestyle and both Emma and Keara swam brilliant races," Johnson said.

Other winners for the Cowgirls included sophomore Nicole Hlavacek in the 1,000 freestyle at 10:44.50, as she won by over five seconds. Junior Halie Lacey took the crown in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.08. McDonough earned a big win in the 500 freestyle with an impressive time of 23.96.

In the diving events, senior Amanda Fay was Wyoming's top finisher finishing second in the 1-meter springboard at 285.95 and third in the 3-meterspringboard at 289.73.

"Boise State is a great team, but it was a great test for us and we know what we will be up against at the conference meet."

Boise State also broke a pool record in Saturday's dual. The Bronco's Felicity Cann swam a 1:51.83 in the 200 freestyle to earn the fastest time in Corbett Pool since 2010.

The Cowgirls return to action next week with duals against New Mexico, Nevada and Grand Canyon in Albuquerque N.M., next Friday at 3:00 p.m. MT.