Nov. 19, 2011
HOUSTON, Texas -
The Wyoming swimming teams competed at the final day of the Houston Cougar Classic with both teams finishing the meet in second place. The Cowboys finished with a final team score of 909, while the Cowgirls finished with 496 points. Cowboys Joseph Ferreri, Marshall Dilworth and Brandon Fischer won events for the Pokes. Cowgirl Kelsey Conci put up her second NCAA `B' cut time of the weekend in the 100-yard freestyle.
"I am pleased with how our kids swam this weekend," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We set a lot of personal best times this weekend, which is a really good step in the right direction. I think this is the best we have ever swam in season. I think this is a testament to how hard our kids have worked throughout this season."
Individual events swam on day three of the Cougar Classic were the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 free, 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly. Today's relay event was the 400 freestyle.
In the 1650 freestyle, Kasey Robinson finished the highest for the Cowgirls taking eighth with a time of 17.10:70. Her swim was the seventh fastest time in Cowgirl history. Paige Fischer was the Cowgirls next highest finisher in 13th place, finishing with a time of 17:33.88. On the men's side, Cowboys Joseph Ferreri and Jayce Calhoon placed first and second, respectively, in tonight's finals. Ferreri took first with a time of 15:57.51, while Calhoon took second with a final time of 15:57.84.
"Kasey's swim was just amazing from beginning to end today," Johnson said. "Joey and Jayce both had great swims. Joey's time was his life-time best. Both of them really swam their tails off."
The 200 backstroke was the night's next event. Cowgirl freshman Jordan Denny finished the highest in ninth place, but first of the `B' final with a time of 2:00.59. Denny's time was the third-fastest time in Cowgirl history. Cowboys Marshall Dilworth, Calhoon and Daniel Bradford all swam in the evenings `A' final. Dilworth took first with a time of 1:49.79, while Calhoon finished right behind him in second with a time of 1:51.49. Freshman Bradford finished the final in eighth with a personal-best time of 1:57.27.
"Jordan had a great swim today," Johnson said. "I was really pleased with her overall day today. On the men's side I don't think I have ever seen Marshall under 1:50 during the season."
Cowgirl Kelsey Conci grabbed her second NCAA `B' cut time in the 100 freestyle. Conci took third in the evening's final with a time of 49.56 which is an NCAA `B' cut time. On the men's side, Cowboys Jeff Frey, John Dowd and Ethan Griffel swam in the evenings `A' final. Frey finished the highest in third with a time of 45.68. Dowd took sixth (46.48), while Griffel finished eighth with a time of 46.82.
"Kesley's swim in the 100 free was great tonight." Johnson said. "Jeff Frey also had a really nice swim in a really good field."
The next event of the evening was the 200 breaststroke. Swimming in the women's `A' final were Cowgirls Lauren Hewson and Morgan Hartigan. Hewson finished in sixth with a time of 2:16.91, while Hartigan finished right behind her taking seventh with a time of 2:17.26. Cowboy Fischer grabbed another NCAA `B' cut time in the men's 200 breast. Fischer won the evening's final with a time of 1:55.75, which is the second fastest time in UW history. Freshman Michael McCormick took fifth touching the wall with a time of 2:09.26.
"Our women's breaststrokers were awesome today," Johnson said. "Morgan's time was a personal best and I have never seen Lauren that fast in season. Brandon's swim was just unbelievable tonight swimming the second fastest time in school history."
The final individual event of the evening was the 200 butterfly. Two Cowgirls in Claudia Carlson and Jessy Badaracco swam in the `A' final. Carlson touched the wall in second with a time of 2:03.48, while Badaracco took sixth with a time of 2:05.03. On the men's side, three Cowboys in Trevor LeValley, Jordan Turner and Ferreri all swam in the `A' final. LeValley and Turner finished in fourth (1:54.19) and fifth (1:56.24), respectively, while Ferreri finished eighth (1:57.65).
The final event of the Cougar Classic was the 400 freestyle relay. The Cowgirls `A' squad of Conci, Hartigan, Caroline Wells and Nikki Finnesand finished second with an NCAA `B' cut time of 3:23.94. On the men's side Cowboys Jeff Frey, Ryan O'Leary, Dowd and Griffel also touched the wall in second with a time of 3:03.86.
"I don't think I have ever seen either 400 freestyle relay teams swim that fast during the season," Johnson said. "With the women behind I was really pleased with how they responded."
The final men's scores of the Cougar Classic are as follows, SMU in first with 1474 points, Wyoming in second with 909 points and Texas A&M in third with 604 points. On the women's side, SMU won the meet with 855 points. Trailing the Mustangs were the Cowgirls in second (496), New Mexico State in third (493), Houston in fourth (434.5) and Colorado State in fifth (429).
The Wyoming divers are competing at the Wildcat Diving Invite in Tucson, Ariz. Today's diving was on the men's 3-meter springboard and women's 1-meter. Cowgirl Amanda Fay was the Cowgirls highest finisher taking 22nd on the 1-meter with a final mark of 221.85. Cowboys Valentin Schwarz and Derek Campbell took 22nd and 23rd with score of 248.85 and 245.30, respectively.
"I was really proud of my kids today," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "We made a few mistakes that hurt us, but I think those mistakes are correctable. Amanda really had the best day for us she was just a few points away from finishing in the top 16."
Complete results of the Wildcat Diving Invite can be found at the following link:https://secure.meetcontrol.com/divemeets/system/meetresultsext.php?meetnum=1725
The Wyoming divers will conclude action at the Wildcat Diving Invite on Sunday. The UW swimming teams will be off until Jan. 7, 2012 when they take part in the Citrus Classic in Mesa, Ariz.