Feb. 7, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. - This weekend, the Wyoming swimming and diving team will host two Front Range rivals in their final regular season dual meets before the Mountain West Conference Championships. The Cowgirls will host the Border War against Colorado State on Friday at 5 p.m. and both teams will dual with Air Force at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Diving will begin on Friday at 4 p.m. and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
In addition to hosting two rivals, this weekend will also be a memorable one for six Wyoming seniors who will compete for the final time in Corbett Pool. Prior to Saturday's dual, Angela DeWolf, Rachel Leyes, Brittany Wainwright, Levi Bell, Sam King, and Will McCallum will be honored.
"This is a special weekend with two rivals coming to town and a great senior class being honored," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This senior class has meant so much to this program, everyone really wants to send them out on a high note. Ange, Rachel, Brittany, Levi, Sam and Will have all given so much hard work and dedication to this university, a good send off would only be fitting. They are tremendous group of men and women."
With winning weekends, both the Cowboys and Cowgirls would secure third place finishes in the MWC dual meet standings. The Cowgirls are currently 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the MWC while the Cowboys are 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the league. Both teams are currently in third place and would remain there with wins this weekend.
After picking up a big road win over the Rams last season in Ft. Collins, the Cowgirls will be looking to break a four-year streak of visiting teams winning the Border War. In last year's dual, the Cowgirls came from behind and won the final five events to clinch a 150-131 win. Amazingly, the last time a home team came away with a win in this series was during the 2002-03 season. The Cowgirls have won two of the past three meetings with Colorado State.
After an undefeated start to the 2007-08 season by Colorado State, the Rams have dropped three consecutive meets to fall to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the MWC. Those three losses have come at Utah (169.5-130.5) and BYU (158.5-136.5) and against UNLV (176-123) in Ft. Collins.
"Colorado State is our arch-rival and we are excited to get in the water against them," said Johnson. "Everyone who wears the bucking horse understands the magnitude of this rivalry. This should be a very exciting and emotional meet."
Air Force will close out an up and down 2007-08 dual season in Laramie on Saturday. The Falcon men are currently 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the MWC after a 167-131 win over Utah two weeks ago. That same day, the Falcon women fell to Utah, 174-118 to drop to 2-10 overall and 0-7 in the MWC.
The Cowgirls have won four consecutive dual meets with Air Force while the Cowboys have dropped their past two meets with the Falcons. Air Force's men are coached by Rob Clayton, a former UW swimming letterwinner from 1988-91.
"The guys meet with Air Force will be another classic Air Force-Wyoming meet that could very well come down to the last relay," added Johnson. "Air Force has the traveling trophy right now and our guys are hungry to get it back. The women's meet should also be a fun meet and a good learning tool for our girls."