Cowgirls Face Border War Rival Colorado State on Saturday

Jan. 23, 2014


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team welcomes Border War rival Colorado State to Corbett Pool on Saturday at noon. The event will mark the final home dual for Wyoming this season. UW will honor its eight seniors before the first race of the afternoon.

Wyoming returns to Corbett Pool for the first time since it defeated Boise State on Nov. 16. Junior Jordan Denny was the key cog for UW against the Broncos, setting a pool record in the 200 backstroke and helping set a pool record in the 400 freestyle relay.

The Cowgirls divers found success last weekend at Denver University. Senior Amanda Fay got UW off to a fast start with a win in the 3-meter springboard. The Jackson, Wyo., native won the event with a personal-best score of 306.45. Sophomore Kari Campbell followed in second place at 278.70. Campbell took the 1-meter springboard crown with a personal best and NCAA Zone diving qualifying mark of 280.40. Fay finished second in the event with a score of 279.00.

The UW swimmers struggled early in the dual after their 56-day break from competition. Junior Claudia Carlson led the Cowgirls, as she took the title in the 200 butterfly at 2:05.92. Fellow junior Karen Hendrick finished second at 2:07.12. She was followed by senior Leah Roesler in third with a mark of 2:07.13.

Despite the tough day in the pool the 200 freestyle relay team of senior Morgan Hartigan, junior Melanie McDonough, freshman Abby Sullivan and sophomore Emily Ridout finished the meet strong for UW taking the event with a time of 1:34.40.

Colorado State comes into the Border War with a 5-3 dual record on the season and is off to its best start since 2009-10. The Rams are hitting their stride winning four of their last five duals. CSU earned a 185-113 victory over New Mexico last Saturday in Fort Collins. CSU sophomore Jessica Shepard was named Mountain West Women's Swimmer of the Week after her performance against New Mexico. Shepard earned wins in the 100 Backstroke (56.94) and 200 IM (2:10.04).