Nov. 17, 2012
After three days of racing and diving competition, the University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams concluded competition at the Phill Hansel Invitational in Houston, on Saturday. The Cowboys finished the event in second place with 999 total points which was just behind first place LSU who had 1,047.5 total points. The Cowgirls finished the meet in sixth place with a final tally of 243 points.
"I am very proud of how both teams swam this weekend," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "The guys were unbelievable this weekend. I am so happy with how we came out and really performed this weekend with our kids being unshaved and unrested."
The final night's individual events started with the 1650 freestyle. For the Cowgirls, freshman Nicole Hlavacek finished the highest in seventh with a time of 16:39.13. Her time was the second fastest in school history. Sophomore Aliyah Mikulski finished in 12th with a time of 17:05.08. For the Cowboys, freshman Ryan Nelson finished in second place with the sixth-fastest time in school history of 15:37.77. Fellow freshman Kevin Waller finished one place behind Nelson in third with a time of 15:53.53. Sophomore Joseph Ferreri finished in fourth with a time of 15:57.90 and freshman Evan Oleson followed in sixth with a time of 16:07.03.
"Nicole's swim in the mile tonight was unbelievable," Johnson said. "Ryan also had a great swim to put himself in the top 10 all time."
In the 200 backstroke, Jordan Denny earned her way into the championship final with an eighth-place finish in the preliminaries (1:59.21). In the final she swam a 1:57.19 and moved up three places to finish fifth. On the men's side three Cowboys, Jayce Calhoon, Brendan Costello and Tyler Kybartas, earned their way into the championship final finishing first (1:47.48), fourth (1:50.14) and sixth (1:50.76), respectively, in the preliminaries. In the final, Calhoon was the Pokes highest finisher in third place (1:47.66), followed by Costello in fifth (1:48.53) and Kybartas in eighth (1:50.65).
The following event was the 100 freestyle. For the Cowgirls, Morgan Hartigan finished the preliminary in 18th place with a time of 50.86. In the finals, she moved up five places to finish 13th with a time of 50.55. On the men's side four Pokes made the championship final by finishing in the top eight of the preliminaries. Adam Kalms led the way in third with a time of 45.06, followed by Jeff Frey in fifth (45.42), Ethan Griffel in seventh (45.56) and Bryce Carter in eighth with a time of 45.64. In the final, Kalms moved up one place to finish second with a time of 44.17, which is the fastest time in school history. Griffel made the biggest move taking fourth place with a time of 44.99. Frey finished the final where he started in fifth (45.07) and Carter moved up one place to finish seventh (45.77).
"Adam's 100 free was the highlight of tonight's finals for us," Johnson said. "He was so fast and he had an incredible meet this weekend. Ethan's and Bryce's swims were also excellent and both in the top 10 all time in school history."
Next up on the lineup was the 200 breaststroke. Three Cowgirls made their way into the consolation final. Meghan Swirzcki finished the preliminaries in 14th (2:18.84), with Stephanie Young following in 15th (2:18.94) and Haley Lacey finishing 17th with a time of 2:20.00. Young moved up two places in the final to take 13th place with a time of 2:19.72. Swirzcki finished the final in 14th (2:19.82) and Lacey finished one place behind in 15th (2:20.00). On the men's side, three more Cowboy's swam their way into the championship final. Sophomore Mike McCormick finished the preliminary in third place (2:06.39), followed by Jordan Turner in fourth (2:07.43) and Evan Oleson in ninth (2:09.52). In the championship final, McCormick stayed in third place dropping two seconds off his time to finish in 2:04.55. Turner finished the final in fifth place also dropping time to finish with a time of 2:04.79. Oleson finished the final in eighth with a time of 2:11.84.
In the 200 butterfly, Cowgirls Badaracco and Karen Hendrick earned spots in the consolation final with 11th (2:04.28) and 12th (2:04.38) place finishes, respectively. Badaracco finished the final in 13th with a time of 2:03.87 and Hendrick finished 15th touching the wall in 2:05.43. The Cowboys again returned multiple competitors into the championship final. Pokes George Eglesfield (1:49.12), Kybartas (1:50.15), Nelson (1:50.82), Trevor LeValley (1:53.97) and Joseph Ferreri (1:54.05) all finished in the top eight to take a place in the championship final. After taking first in the preliminary, Eglesfield fell to second in the final finishing with a time of 1:48.75. Nelson finished the preliminary in fourth and came back to finish in the same place in the final with a time of 1:51.39. Kybartas, who finished second in the preliminary, took fifth in the final with a time of 1:52.74. LeValley moved up one place from the preliminary to finish the final in sixth place with a time of 1:54.21. Ferreri finished the final in the same place as the prelim taking eighth (1:56.52).
The meet's final swimming event was the 400 freestyle relay. The Cowgirls "A" group of Hartigan, Emily Stucky, Denny and Melanie McDonough finished the highest in 10th with a time of 3:25.35. For the Cowboys, the "A" squad of Kalms, Griffel, Carter and Frey finished second with a school-record time of 2:58.01. The Cowboys "B" group of Ryan O'Leary, Kybartas, Waller and Nick Rutecki finished sixth with a time of 3:07.11.
"Our 400 freestyle relay on both sides was much faster this season than last season," Johnson said.
The meet's final diving competition was the platform dive. The Pokes highest finisher was junior Derek Campbell who finished 14th with a final tally of 213.55. Freshman Eric McMillin finished three places behind Campbell in 17th with a final mark of 165.25. The Cowgirls highest finisher was sophomore Holly Heussner who finished 26th with a mark of 169.55.
Wyoming swimming and diving will have nearly a month off before returning to the pool on Saturday, Dec. 15 with a meet against Northern Colorado in Corbett Pool. The meet is set to being at 1 p.m.