June 29, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving program and head coach Tom Johnson would like to announce the 2011-12 schedule.
"Because of what happened in the Mountain West, we had to scramble around this year to put a schedule together," Johnson said. "In some ways, this schedule is maybe not as tough as it has been in the past, but we have some tough road trips."
The 2011-12 season will begin for UW on Oct. 8 with the annual Brown and Gold dual in Corbett Pool.
Following the Brown and Gold dual UW will be on the road for the next four events. They will travel to the Denver Relays on Oct. 15, followed by a trip for Albuquerque, N.M., for the Cowgirls to take on the Lobos, Oct. 29.On Nov. 4-5 Wyoming swimming and diving will travel to Texas to take on Southern Methodist University on Nov. 4 in Dallas and TCU on Nov. 5 in Fort Worth. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will host their first dual of the season in Corbett Pool on Nov. 11 against Air Force.
"Going to SMU and TCU on consecutive days will not be easy," Johnson added. "Facing Air Force twice in one season will be very tough for our men's team."
The final competition before the winter break for UW will be Nov. 17-19 when the swimmers travel to the Houston Invitational in Texas. The UW divers will attend the Arizona Diving Invite the same weekend.
"I think we will be able to take better squads to Houston because it doesn't fall on the weekend before finals," Johnson said. "We will give our kids more opportunity to swim in a full conference format before we get to a conference meet. This will give us a better gauge of where we are at."
Following the winter break Wyoming will travel to Mesa, Ariz., to take part in the Citrus Classic on Jan. 7.
Wyoming swimming and diving will then travel to take on Denver on Jan. 14 and stay on the road for the next three events. After traveling to Denver the Cowboy swimming and diving team will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to dual Air Force for the second time on Jan. 20. The following week the UW divers will take part in the Air Force Diving Invite on Jan. 27-28. On Jan. 28 the Cowgirls will take on the University of Northern Colorado while the Cowboys will take on the Colorado School of Mines. Both will be in Greeley, Colo.
The final home event of the season will be the Cowgirls hosting Colorado State for Senior Day on Feb. 3 in Corbett Pool.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Swimming Championships will be in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 15-19. The diving portion of the meet will be in Colorado Springs on the campus of the Air Force Academy.
"The men's meet is really early this year which I am not really happy with," Johnson added. "We are going to probably have to go to a last chance meet for some of our men to make it to NCAAs. The one thing about the MPSF is it is going to much more competitive than it ever has been before."
The Mountain West Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be the following week, Feb. 22-25 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
"On the women's side, while we lose BYU, we pick up Boise State, who has been the WAC champion the last few years," Johnson added. "I feel like the women's side is going to be very strong as well."