Wyoming Swimming And Diving Set For Final Tune-Up Before Conference Championships

Feb. 1, 2013

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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team will travel to Las Vegas on Saturday to battle the UNLV Rebels in its final tune-up before the conference championships later this month. It will be the first meeting between Wyoming and UNLV since the 2010-11 season. Both duals are set to begin at noon MT in Buchanan Natatorium.

About the matchup:
Saturday's men's dual will pit the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation-leading Cowboys (8-0 overall, 8-0 MPSF) against the second-place Rebels (8-1 overall, 6-0 MPSF) as both squads enter with unbeaten conference records. The Cowboys will aim for their first dual victory over the Rebels in their last four tries.

On the women's side, the Cowgirls and the Rebels will battle for position in the Mountain West standings with both teams looking to make improvements in the final dual of the regular season. The Cowgirls enter the meet with a 5-1 overall record and 3-1 mark in the MW, while the Rebels are 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the MW. The Cowgirls have defeated the Rebels in two-consecutive duals dating back to the 2009-10 season.

A look at Wyoming:
The Cowgirls are coming off a 142-95 victory over the New Mexico Lobos, in which they won 10 of 11 swimming events. The Cowboys have not raced since defeating Air Force, North Dakota and Seattle on Jan. 19-20.

Leading the Cowgirls are sophomore Jordan Denny and senior Jessy Badaracco, both of whom have four individual top-10 MW times. Denny is currently third in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.19, and fourth in the conference in both the 100 back (54.80) and the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.54. Her 500 freestyle is eighth in the conference with a time of 4:53.48. Badaracco also has four top-10 times, including her best which is fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.87. She also has the fifth-fastest 400 IM (4:20.75), the seventh-fastest 100 butterfly (55.15) and the ninth-fastest 200 IM with a time of 2:03.98. Junior Morgan Hartigan also has multiple top-10 MW times with three. Her 100 breaststroke time of 1:02.36 is season in the MW, followed by her 200 individual medley which is fourth (2:02.05) and her 100 freestyle which is sixth with a time of 50.55.

Sophomore Adam Kalms leads the Cowboys with three times in the top three of the MPSF standings, including two in the top 50 of the nation. His highest-ranked event is the 200 freestyle, which is No. 12 in the nation and first in the conference of 1:35.53. He is currently No. 40 in the country and third in the MPSF in the 200 IM with a time of 1:47.69. His 100 freestyle is currently second (44.17) in the MPSF, followed by his 100 backstroke which is fourth (48.60), and his 50 freestyle which is seventh with a time of 20.57. Junior freestyle swimmer Ethan Griffel has three times ranked in the top seven of the MPSF standings. His highest ranking comes in the 200 freestyle which is third with a time of 1:38.02. His 500 freestyle is currently fourth (4:28.80) and his 100 freestyle is seventh with a time of 44.99. Freshman Ryan Nelson also has three top-10 MPSF times in the 1650 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 400 IM. His 1650 freestyle (15:37.77) and 400 IM (3:54.50) are both ranked fourth in the conference. His 200 butterfly time of 1:50.82 is good enough for No. 10 in the league.

A look at UNLV:
The UNLV women are currently 4-4 overall and 1-1 in Mountain West duals this season. The Rebels are led by four swimmers who have the fastest times in the MW. Junior Rachel Dixon leads the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.78, fellow junior Jessica Heim leads both the 1000 (9:57.21) and 1650 (16:31.17) freestyle, while senior Carmen Robb leads the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.78 and junior Katelyne Herrington leads the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.94.

The Rebel men enter Saturday's meet with an unblemished 6-0 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and will battle the 8-0 Cowboys for the league lead. The Rebels have five swimmers with top-ranked times in the MPSF. Leading the Rebels is junior Giacomo Gremizzi who has the fastest times in both the 200 and 400 individual medley, with times of 1:46.09 and 3:45.58, respectively. Freshman Samito Lameynardie leads the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.01. Fellow freshman Henrique Machado is atop the standings in the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.45. Junior David Szele has the fastest 100 breaststroke of 53.37. Rounding out the five Rebel swimmers with top times is sophomore Balint Batka who leads the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:45.80.