Cowgirl Swimmers Battle New Mexico To Close Out 2012-13 Home Slate

Jan. 23, 2013


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming team will return to Corbett Pool on Friday, for its final home dual of the season hosting the New Mexico Lobos. The Cowgirls and Lobos meet is set to begin at 5 p.m.

The Wyoming divers will travel to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday and Saturday to take part in the Air Force Diving Invitational. The diving invite is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, with the women's 1-meter springboard and will continue with the men's 3-meter (2:10 p.m.) and women's platform at 5 p.m. Saturday's diving competition will begin at 9 a.m. with the men's 1-meter springboard, followed by the women's 3-meter at 12:40 p.m. and concluding with the men's platform at 5:30 p.m.

A look at the matchup: The Cowgirls enter the weekend with a 4-1 overall record and 2-1 mark in the Mountain West and are coming off their first dual loss of the season against Boise State. They will be looking to rebound over a New Mexico team they have dominated in the past. They have defeated the Lobos eight-consecutive times dating back to the 2004-05 season. UW has defeated UNM 323.5-114.5 over the team's last two duals, including winning 26 of 32 total events.

About the Cowgirl swimmers: The Cowgirls have 10 individual swimmers with top-10 times in the MW. Leading the way are senior Jessy Badaracco and Jordan Denny who each have four top-10 times. Badaracco has the fourth-fastest time in the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.87), seventh fastest in the 100 butterfly (55.15), fifth-fastest time in the 400 individual medley (4:20.75) and is ninth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.98. Denny is currently ranked No. 3 in the 200 backstroke (1:57.19), No. 4 in the 100 backstroke (54.80), No. 4 in the 200 freestyle (1:49.54) and No. 8 in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:53.48. Junior Morgan Hartigan has three top-10 conference times, ranking second in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.36), sixth in the 100 freestyle (50.55) and fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.05. Junior Stephanie Young and freshman Nicole Hlavacek also have multiple top-10 MW times. Young is currently third in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.61) and 10th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.94. Hlavacek has proven herself as one of the Cowgirls best in the distance freestyle with the fourth-fastest time in the 1650 freestyle (16:39.13) and the fifth-fastest time in the 1000 freestyle of 10:11.31.

Five other Cowgirls are also ranked in the top 10 in the conference in one event. Sophomore Aliyah Mikulski is No. 10 in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:05.08, senior Meghan Swirzcki has the ninth-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:18.84 and freshman Molly Coonce has the No. 9 time in the 100 butterfly of 55.61. In the 200 butterfly, freshman Karen Hendrick and sophomore Claudia Carlson are currently sixth (2:04.38) and eighth (2:04.67), respectively.

About the New Mexico swimmers: The Lobos enter Friday's dual with a 4-3 overall record and are 2-1 in the MW. They are coming off a 131-122 victory over Grand Canyon on Jan. 12. Prior to that New Mexico swam at the UNLV Invitational on Dec. 15-17, finishing first place with 987.5 total points.

Leading the Lobos is senior Marissa Campbell who has three top-five times in the MW. She is currently fifth in the conference in both the 50 (23.23) and 100 freestyle (50.54). She also has the fifth-fastest time in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.89. The Lobos top ranked swimmer is Jorgi Hobson who is third in the conference in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.18. She is also in the top 10 in the 100 butterfly at No. 6 with a time of 54.72. In the 1000 freestyle, Monica Dudley is currently eighth with a time of 10:18.46. Julia Carroll, rounds out the ranked Lobos, in seventh in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.77.

About the UW divers: The Wyoming divers will be competing at the Air Force Diving Invitational for the second-consecutive season. Last season at the AFA meet, junior Derek Campbell qualified for the NCAA Zone "E" Championships on the 3-meter springboard. Campbell has already qualified on the 3-meter for the Zone "E" Championships this season with the fifth-best mark in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation of 328.80. Campbell also has the conference's fifth-best marks on the 1-meter (303.30) and platform of 242.50. Freshman Eric McMillin has the eighth-best mark on the 1-meter (283.58) and the seventh-best mark on the 3-meter of 316.95. Senior Cowgirl Sasha Andrie qualified for her first Zone "E" Championship on the 1-meter with the 10th best mark in the MW of 283.13.