UW Swimming and Diving Opens New Year at Denver on Saturday

Jan. 7, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


The Wyoming swimming and diving teams return to competition against Denver on Saturday at the El Pomar Natatorium. Competition begins with diving events at 11 a.m., MT, while the swim events will follow at 1 p.m.

It will mark the second time this season the Cowboys will face off against the Pioneers. UW claimed six of the 15 events against Denver on Oct. 16 in the first dual meet against DU. The most recent CollegeSwimming.com National Poll has Denver ranked 16th on the men’s side, and 28th for the women.

Prior to the winter break, the Wyoming men’s squad competed against then-No. 14 Utah in Green River, Wyo. The Pokes won ten of the 16 events against the Utes to claim victory by a score of 173-127. A tandem of George Eglesfield , Gabe Rooker , Kyle White and Bryce Carter took 200 Medley Relay with a final time of 1:30.68. Slade Sheaffer won the 200 free for the Pokes, while Rooker brought home victories in the 100 breast with a final time of 54.68 and also won the 200 breast with a top mark of 2:02.05. The Pokes went 1-2-3 in the 50 free, as Carter, White and David Murphy had the top times, respectively.

Carter claimed the 100 free with a time of 46.54, as Ryan Ball won the 200 backstroke for UW. Austin Rettinghouse won the 3-meter diving event for the Pokes just before Ryan Nelson won the 200 IM (1:53.30). Wyoming completed the dual with a victory in the 400 free relay. A team of White, Rooker, Liam Metzsch and Carter swam a 3:03.71 to help seal the victory for the Pokes.

The Cowgirls last competed at the Purdue Invite Nov. 22-24. UW ended the three-day invitational in third place behind host Purdue and Notre Dame with 515 points. On the final day of the event, Molly Coonce had the sixth-best time in school history in the 200 fly (2:00.42), while Maria Harutjunjan had an NCAA “B” Cut time in the 100 breaststroke. Emily Ridout finished second in the 100 free with a time of 49.92. It was not only the third-best mark all-time for Wyoming but also qualified as an NCAA-qualifying time. Freshman Isobel Ryan brought home the fourth-fastest time in Wyoming history with a fourth place finish in the 100 free.