Dec. 15, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team won its fourth-consecutive dual meet over the Northern Colorado Bears, on Saturday in Corbett Pool. The Cowgirls defeated the Bears 185-115 to advance their record to 3-0 in duals meets this season. Wyoming won 13 of 16 total events in today's dual with two individuals winning multiple events. Junior Leah Roesler won both the 100-yard butterfly (59.20) and the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.82. Freshman Nicole Hlavacek also won two events for the Cowgirls, touching the wall first in the 200 freestyle (1:58.54) and 500 freestyle with a time of 5:12.50. Senior diver Sasha Andrie won the 1-meter springboard with a NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championship qualifying score of 283.13.
"I was pretty happy with the way we swam today," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We could tell that it has been awhile since we competed, but this was a great opportunity for us to get some racing in. We left this meet to the freshman and sophomores to win and I thought they did a great job today. There were a couple races that got away from us, which is wasn't thrilled about, but overall I thought we swam well. This was a great time to have a meet coming right out of finals. We have a lot of work to do before we get back after the new year."
The Cowgirls began the meet with four-consecutive event victories and never looked back. In the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, the UW "A" group of Jordan Denny, Morgan Hartigan, Jessy Badaracco and Melanie McDonough touched the wall in first with a time of 1:45.88.
The next event was the 1000 freestyle with Cowgirls Emma Dow and Kasey Robinson finishing first and second, respectively. Dow touched the wall first with a time of 10:50.04, followed by Robinson in second with a time of 10:57.27.
Hlavacek kept the Cowgirls in the win column, winning her first event of the day the 200 free with a time of 1:58.54.
Following Hlavacek's victory, fellow freshman Brooklyn Neubig picked up her first collegiate event victory winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.79. McDonough followed Neubig in second with a time of 1:00.00.
Northern Colorado broke the Cowgirls event win streak when Gina Riggle won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.92. Freshman Molly Coonce finished in second with a time of 1:06.39.In the 200 butterfly, Roesler finished first with a time of 2:08.82, which was her first victory of the day.
Senior Shayna Swanson followed the Roesler victory with her first collegiate event win in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.94. Freshman Sarae Dydo finished second behind Swanson with a time of 25.21.
After finishing second in the 50 free, Dydo came back to win the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.26. The event victory is the first of Dydo's Cowgirl career. Freshman Keara Chang and sophomore Nicole Boyce finished second (55.08) and third (55.35) in the 100 free, respectively.
Northern Colorado's second swimming event victory came in the 200 backstroke with Courtney Van Oost touching the wall first with a time of 2:07.82. Junior Nikki Finnesand finished the race third with a time of 2:12.82.
Senior Meghan Swirzcki came back for the Cowgirls to win the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:24.43.
In the 500 free, Hlavacek won her second event of the day with a time of 5:12.50. The next event, She was followed by Roesler who won her second event of the day in the 100 fly with a time of 59.20.
Junior Mackenzie Norlin won her first event of the afternoon in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:11.84.
The Cowgirls closed the swimming portion of the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay. The UW "A" group of Emily Ridout, Hartigan, McDonough and Badaracco won the event with a time of 1:35.37.
In diving, Andrie won the 1-meter springboard with her zone qualifying score of 283.13. It is the first time in Andrie's career she has qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships. Sophomore Holly Heussner finished the 1-meter in fourth with a mark of 227.55. On the 3-meter springboard, Northern Colorado's Sara Moldenhauer finished first with a mark of 274.73. Heussner and Andrie finished third (229.35) and fourth (209.03), respectively.
"I am proud of the way Sasha dove today," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "It is great to see her qualify for the NCAA Zone Championships for the first time in her career. She had a stellar 1-meter performance. The rest of our team did a decent job. We know now where we need to improve and where some of our weaker places are."
Wyoming swimming and diving will return to training for nearly a month over the winter break before returning to Corbett Pool on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 to host Denver. The dual is set to begin at 1 p.m.