Cowgirl Swimmers And Divers Prepare For Border War

Oct. 25, 2012


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The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team will travel to Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday to take on the Colorado State Rams. It will be the first dual meet of the season for the Cowgirls and the first Mountain West dual for both squads. The meet will begin at noon in Moby Pool.

"It is very weird to have this meet so early in the season," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We will catch them early here and start our conference season with a rivalry. I am a little concerned about how hard we have been training over the last couple weeks, but that is what we have to do to be better later this season. I keep telling our kids that being a good swimmer and a good athlete is performing well when you are tired."

The Cowgirls won the last meeting with the Rams 189-106 on Feb. 3, 2012 in Laramie, Wyo. Wyoming has won the last three meets against Colorado State by a combined score of 540-355. In the previous two meetings, the Cowgirls have won 27 of 32 total events against the Rams.

Wyoming returns two multiple event winners from last season's meet in Jordan Denny (100 and 200 backstroke) and Jessy Badaracco (200 butterfly and 200 individual medley). Other returning winners for the Cowgirls are, Morgan Hartigan (100 breaststroke), Meghan Swirzcki (200 breaststroke), Kasey Robinson (500 freestyle) and Claudia Carlson (100 butterfly).

"The only events I am a little concerned with are the backstrokes, but Jordan is so good and this is a great early test for her," Johnson said. "As far as relays and most of the other events go, I think we should be able to handle them pretty well."

Diving's highest finishers last season were Carolyn Wallace who finished second on the 3-meter springboard and Holly Heussner who finished third on the 1-meter board.

"Going into this meet we are really looking to get something to learn from," diving coach Yahya Radman said. "It is tough to have expectations when this is our first meet of the season. Our divers are getting to know a new coach, new and tougher training system so we are really looking to just go perform on Saturday. We are going to be going up against some stiff competition. (CSU diving coach) Kevin (Witt) has done a great job with his divers."