Swimming and Diving Set to Open Season with Busy Weekend

Oct. 7, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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A busy opening weekend awaits the University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams. The Cowgirls get the season started with a dual against Mountain West foe New Mexico on Thursday at 5 p.m. MT. in Corbett Pool. The divers open the season Friday at 5 p.m. MT, and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. MT at the second-annual Wyoming Diving Invite. The weekend wraps up with the Denver University Relays that will feature both the Cowboy and Cowgirl swimmers as they take part in the event that opens at noon MT.

It will be the second time in four years that the Cowgirls will open the dual schedule with New Mexico. UW defeated the Lobos 190-110 on Oct. 29, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. Last season at the DU Relays, the swimmers won 11 of the 23 events with both the Cowboys and Cowgirls taking home the team titles.

On Friday, UW hosted the Brown and Gold Meet in Corbett Pool, as the Gold Team defeated the Brown Team 314 to 264.  The women's events featured an impressive debut for the Gold Team's  Maria Harutjunjan , as she won the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She set a Corbett Pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.13, the fastest mark Corbett Pool since 2010. Senior  Jordan Denny   also won two events for the Gold Team, the 100 and 200 backstroke.

The men's events featured another newcomer leading the charge with freshman  Ryan Ball   winning the 200 backstroke and 1,000 freestyle for the Gold Team. He recorded a time of 9:49.48 in the 1,000 freestyle and wrapped up the day with a mark of 1:57.75 in the 200 backstroke. Juniors  Kyle Scalise   and  Kevin Waller   also won a pair of races for the Gold Team. Scalise took the title in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Waller won the 200 and 500 freestyle. 

The divers were led by junior  Kari Campbell   for the Gold Team, as she won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. She recorded a score of 197.47 in the 3-meter event. Sophomore  Jacob Rehmeier   won the 3-meter event for the Gold Team with a tally of 257.47. Freshman  Ryan Russi   won the 1-meter springboard for the Brown Team with a mark of 226.35.

The Wyoming Diving Invite will feature three events: 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard and 1-meter synchronized dive. UW won the Wyoming Diving Invite last season on both the men’s and the women’s side.

Fans can follow all the action against New Mexico by vising the live results link above or downloading the Meet Mobile App.