Wyoming Swimmers Finish Weekend Strong

Nov. 23, 2013

Albuquerque, N.M. -

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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams continued their weekend triple header on Saturday. The Cowgirls shined taking duals against New Mexico (224-127), Nevada (209-144) and Grand Canyon (268-77). The shorthanded Cowboys fell to Grand Canyon 198-141, as the remainder of the Cowboys made a statement in the final day of UNLV Fall Invite. The Wyoming divers also competed in the second day of the Arizona Diving Invite.

"We swam a lot better today and we took a different approach and changed our mentality," UW head coach Tom Johnson said.

At the UNLV Invite junior Adams Kalms won his second event of the weekend in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.82, as he continues to establish himself as one of the best swimmers in the country. Sophomore Ryan Nelson also had a great day placing fifth in both the 1650 freestyle at 15:31.08 and the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.76.

"Adam did well late yesterday and today and I was very proud of his effort," said UW assistant Manny Noguchi. "Ryan Nelson also had some great swims and his effort was outstanding."

The 400 freestyle relay team also posted an impressive final day of the invite. The team of Kalms, senior Ethan Griffel, junior Ryan O'Leary and sophomore Kyle Scalise placed third in the event with a time of 3:00.30. The Cowboys finished third in the meet overall with only eight swimmers.

"Our guys swam like Cowboys today and I want to thank the senior leadership all weekend long," Noguchi said. "We only have eight guys and we did the best we could and what that group did at the end was an ideal finish."

The Cowgirls relay teams got it done in the duals on Saturday at New Mexico. The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Morgan Hartigan, freshman Abby Sullivan, sophomore Emily Ridout and junior Melanie McDonough swam a 1:34.14 to earn a win in the event.

The Cowgirls also won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:46.34, as Hartigan, sophomore Molly Coonce, junior Claudia Carlson and Ridout helped earn the win.

"Morgan was lightning in the 400 medley relay as her time was one of the best in the country," Johnson said.

Hartigan continued her roll for the second consecutive day winning the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.02. Carlson picked up a win in the 100 butterfly with a season-best time of 56.18. Other winners for UW included Abby Sullivan in the 200 backstroke at 2:04.00. Sophomore Emma Dow wrapped up a solid weekend in the distance events winning the 500 freestyle at 5:06.83.

"Abby swam well all weekend and continues to get better every time she gets in the water," Johnson said.

Sophomore Kevin Waller led the Cowboys attack against Grand Canyon on Saturday with a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle at 4:42.55. Senior Jeff Frey was second in the 100 freestyle at 46.28. Freshman Pat Jones earned second-place in the 400 individual medley. Sophomore Matt Cook added UW's final second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke at 1:52.00.

"Our guys battled today and tried to stay in it, but missing our top guys hurt," Johnson said.

The Wyoming divers were in action in the second day of the Arizona Diving Invite in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Amanda Fay was Wyoming top finisher placing fourth in the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 259.55. Senior Derek Campbell placed seventh in the men's finals of the 3-meter springboard with a score of 317.90.

"We are doing really well here against some great teams," UW diving coach Yahya Radman said. "I was impressed at Amanda's consistency today and I expect some big things from her."

The divers wrap up the fall portion of the schedule tomorrow afternoon as they compete in the platform event at the Arizona Diving Invite.