Feb. 2, 2012
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team will host its final dual meet of the 2011-12 season on Friday, Feb. 3, as they welcome Colorado State to Corbett Pool for Senior Day. The first round of diving is set for 3:30 p.m. in Corbett with swimming to begin at 5 p.m. Senior Cowgirl swimmers, Shelby Bull, Kelsey Conci, Caroline Wells and Kenzie and Lauren Hewson will be honored before the racing begins.
"The CSU meet has always been a big meet for us," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We have beat them three of the last four years and I know they are really wanting to come up here and beat us. We feel with the depth and quality and how front ended we are with Kelsey and some of our other girls that would should be able to handle them pretty easily. They just don't have an answer for our talent and depth."
A Look At The Matchup:
Last season, the Cowgirl swimmers and divers dominated the Rams in the pool. Wyoming won 14 of 16 events on its way to a 189-111 rout of Colorado State. Three Cowgirls including Bull, Conci and Jessy Badaracco return with individual event wins, with Bull and Conci winning two events each. Bull won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.25 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.58. Conci touched the wall first for the Cowgirls in the 100 backstroke (55.24) and the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.99. Junior Badaracoo won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.92.In their last five meetings with the Rams, the Cowgirls are 4-1, winning the last two duals and outscoring CSU 351-149 in those duals.
About Colorado State:
The Rams are currently 4-6 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West meets this season. Their last outing was a 186-105 loss to Boise State. CSU is led by senior Jennifer Lamb who has three top-10 times in the MW in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles. She has the second-fastest time in the 1650 free in the conference at 16:46.51. She also has the fourth-fastest MW 500 free time (4:52.88) and the sixth-fastest 1000 free time (10:15.35). Sophomore Yana Garvey also has two top-10 MW times in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Her 100 back time (56.47) is fast enough for seventh in the MW and her 200 back time of 2:01.42 is the eighth-fastest time in the MW this season. Junior Kelly Mathews has the fourth-fastest conference time in the 100 breaststroke of 1:03.22.
A Look At The Cowgirl Seniors:
Bull, a native of Livermore, Calif., proven herself as one of the best sprint freestyle swimmers in Cowgirl history sitting in the top-three all-time in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. She has the fastest 200 free time of 1:48.45 in Cowgirl history. Her time in the 100 free of 49.97 is second all-time in Cowgirl history while her 50 freestyle time (22.89) is third-fastest all-time. She also has the fifth-fastest 100 butterfly time of 56.66 in Cowgirl history. Adding to her individual accolades, Bull is also a member of the recording holding 200 and 400 medley relay teams as well as, the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. She is a three-time All-MW performer.
Conci, a native of Craig, Colo., is one of the best swimmers in Cowgirl history. She earned a bid to the 2011 NCAA Championships and was the first Cowgirl in 19 years to earn Honorable Mention All-America. She earned All-America honors in the 100 backstroke placing 10th with a MW and UW record time of 52.20. She currently has three top-two all-time Cowgirl swims in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 backstroke. She has the fastest time in the 100 backstroke in Cowgirl history as well as MW history with a time of 52.20. She also has the fastest 100 free time in Cowgirl history of 49.51. Her 50 free time of 22.69 is the second fastest in UW history. She is also a member of the record holding 200 and 400 medley relay as well as, the 200 and 400 freestyle relay team. Conci is a three-time All-MW performer and has qualified for the NCAA Championships once in her Cowgirl career.
Kenzie Hewson, a native of Estes Park, Colo., has placed herself in the top-five all-time in four different individual events for the Cowgirls. She is currently in third on the 100 backstroke all-time list with a time of 55.89. She also has the fifth-fastest time in the 200 backstroke of 2:02.53. She has proven herself as an excellent sprint freestyle swimmer sitting in fourth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 23.18 and 51.69, respectively. Kenzie Hewson is also a member of the record holding 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. She is a two-time All-MW performer and three-time Cowgirl letterwinner.
Lauren Hewson, the twin sister of Kenzie, also a native of Estes Park, Colo., and has positioned herself in the top-two all-time for the Cowgirls in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Her time of 1:02.09 in the 100 breast is the second fastest in Cowgirl history. Her time in the 200 breast is also the second fastest in Cowgirl history at 2:13.43. Lauren Hewson is a three-time All-MW performer.
Wells, a native of Corvallis, Ore., is a very versatile swimmer for the Cowgirls and has proven herself as one of the best Cowgirls of all-time in numerous events. She currently has three all-time Cowgirls individual times and is a member of a record holding relay team. She is currently second on the UW all-time 200 backstroke list with a time of 2:00.69. She also is in fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.79. Her time of 2:05.45 in the 200 individual medley is also good enough for fifth all-time for the Cowgirls. She is also a member of the record holding 800 freestyle team. Wells is a three-time Academic All-MW and Scholar Athlete award winner as well as a two-time All-MW performer.