LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team will begin its 2014-15 campaign with the annual Brown and Gold Dual on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. in Corbett Pool. The dual will feature the Cowboys and Cowgirls split into two co-ed teams to compete against one another. The dual is free and open to the public.
"This is a great event that allows us to see what we need to work on," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "The kids always swim hard at this meet and this year will be no different."
A Look at the Cowboys: The Cowboys return a veteran core to go along with a talented freshmen class. The Pokes return 11 All-Western Athletic Conference honorees from a season ago. Wyoming also returns two swimmers in senior Adam Kalms and junior Ryan Nelson, who competed at the 2014 NCAA Championship. It was the first time in 65 years that two Cowboy swimmers have competed at an NCAA Championship. Kalms is UW's top returner after earning Honorable Mention All-America for the second- consecutive season. He also earned a conference championship last season, as did Nelson and junior George Eglesfield. The Cowboys finished last season ranked seventh in the CollegeSwimming.com/Endless Pools Mid-Major rankings. The 2014-15 Wyoming roster features 27 student-athletes with 17 returners and 10 newcomers.
"We have a great mix of veterans and newcomers to this team and we are very excited to get the season going" Johnson said.
A Look at the Cowgirls: The Cowgirls return eight All-Mountain West performers this season. UW is coming off a fourth-place finish at the MW Championship a season ago. The Cowgirls have finished fourth or higher in eight-straight MW Championships. Wyoming set six school records at the MW Championship last season. This season's roster will be highlighted by a pair of veterans in seniors Claudia Carlson and Jordan Denny. Carlson was an All-MW honoree last season in the 200 butterfly. Denny, an extremely versatile swimmer, earned All-MW in the 200 and 500 freestyle and 200 backstroke and was also a part of an All-MW 400 medley relay team. Wyoming finished last season ranked eighth in the CollegeSwimming.com/Endless Pools Mid-Major rankings. The Cowgirls 2014-15 roster features 39 student- athletes with 25 returners and 14 newcomers.
"We are excited about how our team looks right now," Johnson said. "We added some new girls and our veterans are ready to step up and lead."
The Cowgirls host their first regular-season meet of the season in Corbett Pool against New Mexico on Oct. 9 at 5 p.m.