WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams concluded action at the Purdue Invitational Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys ended the three-day invitational in second place behind host Purdue with 668.5 total points, while the Cowgirls came in third with 515 points.
Connor Tarver started the action for Wyoming in the 200 backstroke event. She finished fifth with a final time of 1:59.48, as Nicole Hlavacek swam a 2:01.35 to take seventh in the event. Tarver’s time was the fifth-best in school history, while Hlavacek’s proved to be the tenth best. Ryan Ball swam away with the title in the 200 back on the men’s side. His victory came with a final mark of 1:44.70, which proved to be an NCAA “B” Cut mark and third-best all-time for a Cowboy.
“Connor (Tarver), Nicole (Hlavacek) and a number of others really swam well today to get us going,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “The freestyle events looked sharp with personal bests and did a tremendous job getting everyone ready to go this weekend. I was also happy with how the relay groups finished the weekend for this team. Overall, it was great to finish where we did.”
Slade Sheaffer took sixth place in the 200 back, just before Emily Ridout finished in second place in the 100 free. Ridout touched the pads with a time of 49.92 for the Cowgirls, the third-best all-time for Wyoming. It also qualified as an NCAA “B” Cut time. Isobel Ryan (50.32) brought home the fourth-fastest time in Wyoming history and came in fourth place in the 100 free, while Danielle Badger finished seventh.
Kyle White had a final time of 45.14 in the 100 free for the Pokes, as Bryce Carter had a 45.89. White finished in fourth and Carter took eighth for Wyoming. Maria Harutjunjan was the top Cowgirl in the 100 breaststroke. Her NCAA “B” Cut time was a 2:14.03.
Gabe Rooker had a final time on Sunday afternoon of 1:59.99 in the 200 breaststroke, and Liam Holt swam the event in 2:01.85. Rooker took third in the event for Wyoming, before Holt finished in the fifth. Kyle Scalise also placed seventh for the Cowboys in the 200 breast.
In the 200 fly, Molly Coonce (2:00.42) had the sixth-best time in school history to take fifth place. Wade Nelson finished in third on the men’s side with a final mark of 1:48.15. George Eglesfield was close behind Nelson, taking fourth and Jack Herron finished in sixth. Ryan Nelson took seventh in the 200 fly, as Jacob Porter came in eighth.
In the relay events, a tandem of Ryan, Badger, Emily Stucky and Ridout came in second place in the 400 free relay. They had a finals time of 3:21.95, while the Cowboys also took second in the event. The Pokes closed out the invitational in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:00.63.