Swimming and Diving Opens Season This Weekend

Oct. 9, 2013


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The Wyoming swimming and diving teams will officially open the season this weekend with the diving team hosting the Wyoming Diving Invite, as the swimmers head to the Denver University Relays. The Wyoming Diving Invite is set to kick off on Friday at 5 p.m. MT, in Corbett Pool and continue on Saturday at 9 a.m. The swimmers open action in the El Pomar Natatorium on Saturday in Denver, Colo., at noon.

"It will be a good meet to see where we are at in our training," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "It will also allow us to see our relays and have some fun in some events we normally don't compete in."

The Wyoming Invite will feature three events with two on Friday and one on Saturday. The one and three-meter springboard events will take place on Friday night. A special synchronized diving event is set to be featured on Saturday morning.

"It will be a good opportunity to prepare for competition and a precursor for the rest of the season," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said.

Last Friday, UW hosted the Brown and Gold Meet in Corbett Pool, as the Gold Team defeated the Brown Team 322.5 to 263.5. Some of the highlighted times from the women's team came from sophomore Molly Coonce, as she won three events for the Gold Team. Coonce won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.98, the 200 breaststroke at 1:53.43 and 100 butterfly at 56.64. Senior Morgan Hartigan and junior Claudia Carlson also helped pace the Gold Team with two event wins apiece. Hartigan put up impressive times of 55.97 in the 100 backstroke and 2:06.86 in the 200 individual medley.

Carlson won 200 butterfly at 2:06.37 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.23.The men's team was highlighted by the Brown Team's Adam Kalms, as the All-American took home three events on the evening. Kalms recorded times of 50.45 in the 100 backstroke, 49.66 in the 100 butterfly and 1:54.48 in the 200 individual medley. Sophomore Kyle Scalise was the Gold Team's top performer on the men's side with a pair of victories. Scalise won the 100 breaststroke at 58.60 and the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:11.67.

In the diving events, newcomer Kari Campbell won the 1-meter springboard with a final score of 169.50 for the Gold Team. In the 3-meter springboard, Campbell tied for the top spot with Brown Team member Holly Heussner at 141.00. Senior Derek Campbell shined in the diving events on the men's side taking the title in both events scoring key points for the Gold Team.