Hartigan Highlights Busy Day for Wyoming Swimming and Diving

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Nov. 22, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams concluded a busy day at the Arizona Diving Invite, UNLV Fall Invite and duals against New Mexico, Grand Canyon and Nevada on Friday. Senior Morgan Hartigan was the highlight for Wyoming earning two top-ten marks in Cowgirl history.

The women were in action against New Mexico, Nevada and Grand Canyon in the opening day of two- day duals. Wyoming leads New Mexico 109-77 and they also lead Nevada 108-79. The scores do not include diving scores that will be added after the completion of the Arizona Diving Invite.

"The medley relay came out firing and it was a great," UW head coach Tom Johnson. "But tomorrow we need to get a little more pop in our swim."

Hartigan was Wyoming's top swimmer once again earning two individual titles and helped the 200 medley relay team to a victory. She opened her day with an impressive win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.48, which is the second fastest in school history. In the 200 individual medley, she raced past the competition with a time of 2:00.54, the third fastest time in school history.

"Morgan did a great job in both of her wins as she was blazing fast for us all day," Johnson said.

The 200 medley relay team of Hartigan, senior Stephanie Young, sophomore Molly Coonce and junior Melanie McDonough picked up a won in their event with a time of 1:43.79. Another solid race for the Cowgirls came in the 1000 freestyle. Sophomore Nicole Hlavacek won the event with a time of 10:22.37. Fellow sophomore Emma Dow followed in second at 10:27.14.

The Cowboys also raced against the Grand Canyon on Friday. Sophomore Kevin Waller earned a win in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:41.57. Junior Rudi Hanekamp won his first event as a Cowboy against Grand Canyon picking up a win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.20.

"The guys raced really hard today with a short team against some good competition," Johnson said.

At the UNLV Fall Invite junior Adam Kalms won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:35.23 after finishing in fifth-place during the preliminaries. Senior Ethan Griffel swam a career-best finishing third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:36.74. Sophomore Ryan Nelson finished fourth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:51.22.

The Divers were also in action on Friday afternoon at the Arizona Diving Invite in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Amanda Fay was the Cowgirls' top finisher with a score of 276.60 to finish fourth in the 3-meter springboard consolation event. Cowboy diver senior Derek Campbell finished sixth in the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 281.30. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier placed eighth with a 234.35.

Wyoming continues action tomorrow in duals against Grand Canyon, New Mexico and Nevada as well as the Arizona Diving Invite and UNLV Fall Invite.