LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming swimming teams will officially open the season this weekend at the Denver University Relays. The swimmers begin action in the El Pomar Natatorium on Saturday in Denver, Colo., at noon.
“This meet is another good assessment point,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “It helps us shake out our lineup to make some decisions on a few meets coming up. I’m glad we were able to get a lot out of our meet in Cheyenne, but looking ahead this weekend will also help us continue to see where we are at with our training.”
Last Friday, UW hosted the Brown and Gold Meet at South High School in Cheyenne. The Brown team defeated the Gold team 302.5-292.5. Some of the highlighted events from the men’s team came from sophomore Ryan Ball, as he won two events for the Gold Team. Ball won the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:43.24 and the 200 backstroke with a 1:52.24. Gabe Rooker also won two events for the Gold Team. He claimed the 100 and 200 breaststroke at 56.33 and 2:05.19, respectively. Molly Coonce, also of the Gold Team won two events as well. She took the top time in the 100 butterfly with a final time of 56.64 and the 100 breaststroke with 1:05.84. Eric Oleson won the 1,000 freestyle for the on the men’s side at 9:56.70. Emily Ridout won both the 50 and 100 freestyle with 23.45 and 52.51, respectively, while Abby Sullivan (2:05.88) won the 200 backstroke.
For the Brown Squad, George Eglesfield won the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:51.77 and was also on the winning 200 medley relay team with Wade Nelson, Kyle Scalise and Kyle White. With a time of 10:38.06, Nicole Hlavacek brought home the 1,000 freestyle for the Brown Team. Wade Nelson was the top performer in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.09, as White won the 100 freestyle at 47.03. Emma Dow came away with the 200 breaststroke on the women’s side with a final time of 2:27.13.
The Gold squad won three of the four diving events on the night. Kari Campbell (277.12) won the 1-meter dive and Austin Rettinghouse of the Gold squad, won both the 1 and 3-meter dives on the men’s side. Rettinghouse marked a 305.70 on the 1-meter and a 234 on the 3-meter. Keely Bishop took home the 3-meter dive for the Brown team with a mark of 205.5.