Feb. 3, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming Swimming and Diving will close out the regular season this week against two Front Range rivals. On Thursday, the Cowgirls will host Colorado State at Corbett Pool with diving starting at 4 p.m. Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for the final dual meet of the season against Air Force on Saturday at 1 p.m.
With wins this weekend, the Cowgirls can clinch second place in the conference dual meet standings. The Cowboys will secure third place with a win over the Falcons on Saturday. Currently the Cowboys and Falcons are tied for third in the standings.The Cowgirls own an overall record of 12-1 and 5-1 in the MWC while the Cowboys are 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Last season in Ft. Collins, the Cowgirls fell to their arch-rival in the Border War. However, the Cowgirls have won two of the last three meetings against CSU.
The Rams this season have an overall mark of 8-1 and 6-1 in the conference. The only loss CSU has suffered this season came against undefeated and league leading BYU. Last week CSU won their final home meet of the season by taking down UNLV 185-115. Thursday night will be the final dual meet of the season for the Rams.
"Thursday might be the most competitive meet we have had this year on the women's side," said UW head swimming coach Tom Johnson. "The Border War in swimming and diving is just as intense as it is in any other sport. Both teams are very evenly matched and we are very excited for an excellent meet."
Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action on Saturday against Air Force in Colorado Springs. The Falcon men are currently 3-3 overall and are tied at third with the Pokes with a 2-2 MWC dual meet record. The last action in the pool for the Falcons came two weeks ago when they defeated both Utah and BYU. The UW men have won the past two meets against Air Force.
"The men's meet on Saturday will be much like the dual on Thursday. Both teams are very evenly matched," Johnson said. "Air Force is a good, tough team and they wont quit on themselves. Its going to come down to who wants it more."
Air Force's men are coached by Rob Clayton, a former UW swimming letterwinner from 1988-91.
On the women's side, the Falcons have struggled this season going 2-8 overall and 0-7 in the league. The Cowgirls will also look to extend a winning streak over the Falcons. Currently the Cowgirls have won six straight against the Falcons.
"Saturday will be a chance for the Cowgirls to finish the season on a high note and give some of the younger swimmers a change to compete," Johnson added. "We are going to leave a few of our girls at home so they can rest and focus on the upcoming conference championships."