Nov. 17, 2011
HOUSTON, Texas -
The Wyoming swimming teams both sit in second place at the Houston Cougar Classic after the first day of racing. The Cowgirls sit in second place of the 10-team field with 165 points. The Cowboys are also in second place of the three-team field with a total of 274 points. Individually, Brandon Fischer, Ethan Griffel and Kelsey Conci won events for Wyoming.
"I thought we had a pretty good day," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I thought we were a little flat this morning, but we came ended up swimming some good times. Overall I was really pleased with how the kids swam today. Not having our divers her today hurt us, but I think we held our own."
Today's events at the Cougar Classic included preliminary and final rounds of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle. Today's events also included the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays. The Cougar Classic also features diving, however the UW divers are at the Wildcat Diving Invite and will not compete at the Cougar Classic.
In the 500 freestyle, Cowgirls Paige Fischer and Kasey Robinson placed out of the top eight in the prelims, but swam excellent times in the `B' final. Fischer finished 10th with a time of 5:00.10 and Robinson placed 13th touching the wall with a time of 5:03.14.
"Paige swam her 500 free immensely better tonight swimming a personal best time," Johnson said. "Kasey also swam well right off her personal best time."
On the men's side of the 500 free three Cowboys in Jayce Calhoon, Griffel and Trevor LeValley placed in the top eight of the prelims to make the `A' final. Griffel touched the wall in first place with a time of 4:32.13. Calhoon finished in fifth (4:37.19), while LeValley took seventh place (4:38.68).
"Ethan really dominated the 500 free tonight," Johnson added.
In the women's 200 IM Morgan Hartian and Caroline Wells both swam their way into the `A' final. Hartigan touched the wall in second place of the final with a time of 2:01.90 and Wells took sixth with a time of 2:04.86.
"Morgan and Caroline both swam personal best times in the 200 IM which was just outstanding," Johnson said.
On the men's side five Cowboys in Fischer, Marshall Dilworth, Jordan Turner, LeValley and Calhoon all made the `A' final. Fischer finished first with a time of 1:49.94, which was a few hundredths of a second off an NCAA `B' cut time. Dilworth and Turner finished right behind Fischer in second and third with times of 1:53.91 and 1:54.61, respectively. LeValley and Calhoon finished seventh (1:57.73) and eighth (2:00.17).
"I think that was the first time I have ever seen Brandon under 1:50 in the 200 IM during the season," Johnson said. "Us going one, two, three in that event was stellar."
The final individual event of the night was the 50 freestyle. Conci swept both the prelims and finals for the Cowgirls. In the finals she swam an NCAA `B' cut time of 22.56, which is the second-fastest time in Cowgirl history.Cowboys Jeff Frey and John Dowd both made the `A' final in the men's 50 free. Frey finished the final in third place with a time of 20.74. Freshman Dowd took seventh place (21.28) in the 50 free final.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Cowgirls `A' relay team of Conci, Hartigan, Nikki Finnesand and Kenzie Hewson took second place with a time of 1:33.19. The Cowboys `A' squad of Frey, Ryan O'Leary, John Dowd and Nick Rutecki also took second place touching the wall with a time of 1:22.85.
In the 400 medley relay the Cowgirls took third place and the Cowboys placed fourth. Cowgirls Conci, Hartigan, Jessy Badaracco and Wells combined for a time of 3:44.63 putting them in third. Cowboys Calhoon, Mike McCormick, Turner and O'Leary finished fourth with a time of 3:31.04.
After today's racing the men's scores are as follows, SMU in first (419), Wyoming in second (274) and Texas A&M (193). SMU also leads on the women's sides with 254 points, the Cowgirls are in second (165), Houston is in third (145.5), Colorado State is in fourth (145) and New Mexico State rounds out the top five (142).
Wyoming swimming will continue racing at the Cougar Classic, Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19.