Jan. 17, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams will return to action this weekend with the Cowboys traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Cowgirls traveling to Boise, Idaho. The Cowboys will travel to the Air Force Academy on Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 for a quadrangular meet against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foes Air Force, North Dakota and Seattle. The meet is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Cowgirls will travel to Boise on Saturday, to take on the defending Mountain West Champion Boise State Broncos. The Cowgirls and Broncos meet is set to begin at 11 a.m. with diving followed by the swimming portion at noon.
"I am glad the guys have the opportunity to be a part of this weekend at Air Force," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We are looking forward to seeing some teams that we don't get to see normally. I think this is the first time we have swam against Seattle in a dual meet.
On the women's side, I hope they avoid a let down from last weekend because it is Boise's senior night and I know they will be ready to swim. I think going down in altitude will help us, but I feel great how we match up with them. This weekend should be a lot of fun with a lot of good racing."
Entering Friday and Saturday's duals the Cowboys are currently 2-0 in duals this season and 2-0 against MPSF competition. They are coming off a 164-136 victory over No. 25 Denver on Saturday. UW won eight total events against the Pioneers, with sophomore Adam Kalms leading the way winning two events. Kalms won the 100 freestyle with a Corbett Pool record time of 44.99. He also took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:52.63.
The Cowgirls also enter Saturday's meet with an undefeated dual record of 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the MW. They are coming off a 195-105 dominating victory over Denver on Saturday, winning 13 of 16 events. Three Cowgirls in Nicole Hlavacek, Jessy Badaracco and Morgan Hartigan, won multiple events. Hartigan led the way winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle while also helping the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay to victories. Hartigan's effort earned her MW Swimmer of the Week honors.
This Week's Scouting Report:
About Air Force: The Air Force men are currently 4-3 overall and 0-1 in MPSF duals. The Falcons conference loss came against the Cowboys on a Nov. 10 in Corbett Pool. Air Force has three swimmers ranked in the top five of the MPSF standings with Ryan Dunne leading the way with three top-five times in the 100 freestyle (third, 44.47), 200 free (fourth, 1:38.67) and 100 butterfly (fifth, 48.91). Max Evans-Nolan has the fifth-fastest time in the 1650 freestyle of 15:39.78 and Matt Millikin has the third-fastest time in the 200 backstroke of 1:45.85.
About North Dakota: UND is currently 1-3 overall in duals this season and will be competing in their first MPSF duals on Friday and Saturday. Leading North Dakota is Aaron Chanas-Larue who has the fifth-fastest MPSF time in the 500 freestyle (4:29.49) and the eighth-fastest in the 200 free of 1:39.50. Also in the top 10 of MPSF times is Adam Gannon who is 10th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.85.
About Seattle: The Redhawks enter Saturday's meet with a 3-2 overall record and 0-1 mark in the MPSF. Freshman Andy Cunningham leads SU with the second-best conference time in the 1000 freestyle of 9:22.14.
About Boise State: The Broncos are currently 5-2 overall on the season and will be swimming their first MW dual meet against the Cowgirls. BSU is coming off a top-25 upset of Wisconsin on Jan. 4. Eight Bronco swimmers have top-10 times in the MW, with junior Rachel Heaney leading the way with the fastest time in the 200 fly (1:58.50) and the fourth-fastest time in the 400 IM of 4:19.92. Two Broncos in Chelsea Miller and Emily Campbell are ranked in the top 10 of the 200 breaststroke, with Miller in second (2:14.12) and Campbell in fourth with a time of 2:17.11. In distance freestyle, senior Jenn Cahill has two top-five times. She is fourth in the 500 free (4:50.41) and fifth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:40.01. Also with two top-10 times is sophomore Sydney Johansen who is has the fourth-fastest 100 breaststroke (1:02.63) and the fifth fastest 200 IM with a time of 2:02.49. Freshman Devin Madsen is currently fifth in the MW in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.78. Two other Broncos are ranked in the top 10 of the MW standings in the butterfly events. Senior Stevie Hughey is fifth in the 100 fly with a time of 54.59 and Brooke Balogh is second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:03.08.