Jan. 26, 2012
The Wyoming swimming and diving squads will split up this weekend as the swimmers travel to Greeley, Colo., and the divers return to Colorado Springs, Colo. The Wyoming swimmers will travel to Greeley on Saturday, Jan. 28 as the Cowboys take on Colorado School of Mines, while the Cowgirls will swim against Northern Colorado with both duals set to begin at noon MT. The UW divers will travel to Colorado Springs to take part in the Air Force Diving Invitational on Friday and Saturday Jan. 27-28.
A Preview of the AFA Diving Invite:
Competing first will be the Wyoming divers who will take part in the Air Force Diving Invite at the Cadet Natatorium. The UW divers will compete against seven other schools who will be participating in the invitational. Teams at the diving meet will include: Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado School of Mines, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, San Diego State and UNLV. On Friday, competition begins with the women's 1-meter springboard diving at 11 a.m., MT. The men's 3-meter diving is at 2 p.m. and the day concludes with the women's platform diving at 5 p.m. On Saturday at the AFA Diving Invite, the men's 1-meter diving will start the day's competition at 10 a.m. The women's 3-meter diving is set for noon and the meet concludes with the men's platform diving beginning at 3 p.m.
"We need to focus on improving each meet and not get caught up in how high we scored this meet," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "All of my kids are diving really well right now and hopefully we can continue to improve. This being a tower (platform) meet for us is huge to get that under our belts. It helps our guys especially because our conference diving meet is at Air Force this season."
A Preview of Cowboy swimming versus Colorado School of Mines:
The Cowboy swimmers last swam against Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 8, 2008 winning 143-88. Senior Brandon Fischer is the only returning event winner for UW winning both the 100 breaststroke (1:00.23) and the 400 individual medley (4:17.23).
The Oredigger men last swam a dual meet on Jan. 9 picking up two wins against Adams State (60-30) and University of Colorado Mesa (52-41). Leading CSM is Kyle Burt who has the fourth-fastest time in the 500 freestyle (4:43.25) in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Matt Bisping has two RMAC top-10 times for CSM in the 100 breaststroke (eighth, 58.57) and 200 breast (ninth, 2:09.48).
"On the guys side, we are going to leave some kids behind and have our underclassmen responsible for winning this meet for us," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "This will give us an opportunity to have some kids swim off events. For example, we are going to have Adam (Kalms) swim the 500 free which he has not swam since he has been with us. We are looking forward to a good weekend. This will be our guys last meet before conference and their last opportunity to race and tighten some things up."
A Preview of Cowgirl swimming versus Northern Colorado:
A season ago, the Cowgirls hosted Northern Colorado on Dec. 4, 2010. They defeated the Bears 179-117, winning 12 of 16 events. Returning multiple events winners for UW against UNC are Lauren Hewson in the 100 (1:07.21) and 200 (2:26.59) breaststroke and Leah Roesler in the 200 freestyle (1:57.25) and 100 butterfly (58.37). Other returning event winners for the Cowgirls include: Morgan Hartigan in the 50 free (24.36), Nikki Finnesand in the 100 free (54.02) and Kasey Robinson in the 500 free (5:20.36).
This season the Bears are 1-5 in dual meets falling in their last dual to Colorado State by a score of 187-111 on Jan. 20. Leading UNC is Courtney Van Oost who has the sixth-fastest 200 backstroke (2:01.43) time in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The Bears 200 medley relay squad of Van Oost, Renee Stephens, Gina Riggie and J.J. Smith have the fifth-fastest MPSF time of 1:45.87.
"Northern Colorado's head coach Kelley McClanahan is one of my former assistant coaches here so we have some ties there," Johnson added. "Like on the men's side, we are going to leave some kids home to get some kids who have not had a chance to race as much to swim some events. We are also going to give some underclassmen the opportunity to swim some events they haven't swam all season or haven't swam enough of this season. We are also using this as a last opportunity to make the conference squad for some of our younger swimmers."