Swimming and Diving faces UNLV and Nevada on Saturday

Jan. 29, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams head to Las Vegas on Saturday for the final swimming events before the Mountain West and Western Athletic Championships. The Pokes will dual with UNLV, while the Cowgirls are scheduled to compete against UNLV and Nevada. The duals will begin in Buchanan Natatorium at 1 p.m. MT.

On the women's side, Wyoming will be looking to build upon a 152-146 win at Arizona State on Jan. 16. Senior Molly Coonce was named the MW Swimmer of the Week for her efforts against the Sun Devils. Coonce won both the 100 and 200 fly events with times of 55.25 and 2:03.96, respectively. She was also a part of the winning 200 medley relay team (1:42.31). Senior Kari Campbell won the MW Diver of the Week award after competing against the Sun Devils. She took second place in both the 1 (282.30) and 3-meter (294.30) diving events. Maria Harutjunjan also brought home two individual victories for the Brown and Gold. The sophomore won the 100 breast (1:03.38), and the 200 breast (2:16.26). Senior Emma Dow won the 400 IM (4:28.04) for the Cowgirls, while senior Emily Ridout touched the wall first in the 50 free (22.86).

Wyoming's men also swam well against Arizona State. They fell just short in a well-fought dual, 152.5-145.5. Senior Ryan Nelson and junior Gabe Rooker were the stars of meet for the Pokes, each picking up two individual wins. Nelson won the 500 free (4:33.61), and the 400 IM (3:57.11), as Rooker won the 100 and 200 breast events, with marks of 1:03.38 and 2:00.13, respectively. Senior Bryce Carter was dominant in the 50 free for Wyoming. His time of 20.28 is fifth best in the WAC and the fourth-fastest in UW history.

The Pokes defeated UNLV last season, 153-145, for their first win against the Rebels since 2005. The Cowgirls bested the Rebels, 181.5-103.3, a year ago and last competed against Nevada in 2013. Last weekend, the UNLV women won against Air Force by a score of 196-104, while the men fell to both Harvard (105-188) and Air Force (117-181). UNLV is scheduled to dual with Pacific on Friday before hosting UW, while Nevada defeated San Jose State last weekend, 173-120.