UW Swimming and Diving Chalks Up Victory Over DU

Dec. 13, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team stayed perfect on the season as they swept Denver University on Saturday afternoon in Laramie. The Cowboys defeated the Pioneers 178-117, while the Cowgirls beat the DU women 186-112.

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls stay undefeated on the season with today's wins. The Pokes improved their record to 9-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cowgirls are now 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the MWC.

"I am happy with today's win over a good team in Denver," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Our relay teams swam well and our divers were amazing as usual. Our freshman really stepped up today and helped with this victory."

The UW divers continued to be dominant as Stephanie Ortiz won both the one-meter (276.82) and three-meter (284.93) diving events. A pair of sophomores led the way on the diving boards for the Cowboys. Kyle Bogner had a score of 329.10 at one-meter dives, and Mark Murdock won the three-meter event with his score of 318.83.

The Cowgirl swimmers were paced by Aimee Stinson, Kelsey Conci, and Lesley Young who one multiple events. Stinson was victorious in the 1000 freestyle (10:36.36) and the 500 freestyle (5:10.12) while freshman Kelsey Conci won the 100 backstroke (58.31) and 100 freestyle (54.21). Lesley Young continued her dominance in the breaststroke events by winning both the 100 (1:05.29) and 200 (2:25.30) events.Other Cowgirls winning events were Caroline Wells (200 freestyle in 1:57.14), Cassie Stelow (50 freestyle in 24.41), and Kenzie Hewson (200 backstroke in 2:07.89).The Cowgirl relay teams won both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay as well.

For the Cowboys, two freshman won multiple individual events. Marshall Dilworth won both the 100 (50.87) and 200 (1:54.47) backstrokes while Brandon Fischer was victorious in the 100 (57.71) and 200 (2:07.51) breaststroke. Matt Urich also won two events by winning the 100 (51.13) and 200 (1:55.25) butterfly. Tommy Gregory (50 freestyle in 21.59), and Eli Bell (100 freestyle in 47.02) also added victories.

"The women's team is continuing to get better and are becoming a tough team to beat," Johnson continued. "The men swam well today even though some didn't have as good of times as they are used to. We will get back to work after the break and continue to work hard so we can get better the second half of the season."

With Christmas break here, the UW swimming team will travel to Irvine, California on December 29 for Christmas training. The divers will also be training over the break in Minneapolis, Minnesota starting December 31.