AUSTIN, Texas/Grand Junction, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming teams wrapped up action at the Texas Invite and Colorado Mesa Invite on Saturday. It was the last action for UW until January. Junior Molly Coonce led Wyoming swimming the third-fastest time in school history in the 200 butterfly.
"I thought we had a great session this evening," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "I was proud of the effort all weekend and it was great racing against some of the best in the country."
Coonce recorded a time of 1:59.42 in the 200 butterfly to finish 11th. It was the third fastest mark in Cowgirl history. It was also an NCAA "B" Cut mark. Freshman Maria Harutjunjan also recorded a NCAA "B" Cut time in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:15.87. It was the fifth fastest time in Wyoming history. Junior Emily Ridout recorded the fourth fastest mark in Wyoming history in the 100 freestyle at 50.03, finishing in 17th. Junior Nicole Hlavacek finished ninth in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 2:00.13. Sophomore Abby Sullivan finished 14th in the 200 backstroke at 2:00.13.
Senior Adam Kalms finished 11th in the 100 freestyle with the fourth fastest mark in school history at 43.62 to lead the Pokes. Junior Ryan Nelson finished 19th in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:34.76. Junior George Eglesfield put in a time of 1:48.41 in the 200 butterfly to finish 22nd. Freshman Ryan Ball recorded the ninth fastest time in school history in the 200 backstroke at 1:48.31 to finish 29th.
At the Colorado Mesa Invite, senior Aliyah Mikulski won the 1,650 freestyle at 17:07.75. She was followed in order by sophomore Casey Duckworth and junior Lauren McClure. Freshman Rachel McKivigan won the 100 freestyle at 51.86. She was also followed in order by sophomore Mary Uselmann and junior Sarae Dydo. Senior Karen Hendrick won the 200 butterfly at 2:04.78.
The Cowboys dominated the 200 backstroke with sophomore Patrick Jones winning the event with a time of 1:50.95. He was followed by junior Matt Cook, junior Austin Layman and freshman Slade Sheaffer. Freshman Jacob Porter won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.75. Senior Michael McCormick finished second in the 200 breaststroke at 2:06.37.
"We swam some good events tonight and I thought Patrick and Aliyah had some excellent swims," UW assistant coach Kirk Ermels said.
The Cowgirls won the team title with 991 points. The Cowboys finished third with 722 points.
Wyoming returns to action on Jan. 17 with the Cowboys and Cowgirls hosting Denver University.