Nov. 9, 2011
The Wyoming swimming and diving teams will return to Laramie on Friday, Nov. 11, to host Air Force in their first home dual meet of the season. It is set to begin at 5 p.m. in Corbett Pool, while the first round of diving against the Falcons will begin at 3:30 p.m. With a shortened home schedule this season Friday's dual against Air Force will be Senior Night for three Cowboys. Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer and Valentin Schwarz will be honored prior to.
A season ago the Cowboys defeated the Falcons 165-135 winning eight of 16 total events. Returning winners for UW are Fischer who won three events at last season's dual (100 and 200 breaststroke, 200 individual medley), Ethan Griffel (200 freestyle), Dilworth (100 backstroke) and Tyler Kybartas (500 freestyle).
"Against Air Force on the men's side it always comes down to the last couple races," Wyoming associate head coach Matt Leach said. "It has been that way on the guy's side the past couple years and it is always an exciting dual meet for us."
"I am really excited for the meet this weekend," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "The divers keep getting better with every meet and this early in the season that is what I am looking for. Air Force has a great diving team and we are going to need to dive really well to get a win."
Last season the Cowgirls defeated the Falcons by a score of 175-112 and won 14 of 16 events. Returning Cowgirls who won events in last season's dual are Kasey Robinson (1000 freestyle), Mackenzie Norlin (100 backstroke), Leah Roesler (100 and 200 butterfly), Shelby Bull (50 free), Nikki Finnesand (100 free), Meghan Swirzcki (200 breaststroke), Jessy Badaracco (500 freestyle) and Morgan Hartigan (200 individual medley). In diving, Carolyn Wallace took second behind teammate Allie Smith on both the 1-and 3-meter springboards.
"On the women's side, Air Force is much improved," Leach added. "They have some swimmers who are really going to come in and challenge our women."
Prior to Friday's dual, Wyoming swimming and diving will honor its three Cowboy seniors in Dilworth, Fischer and Schwarz.
"Our three seniors have had a great four years at UW," Leach said. "They have put up an excellent dual meet record and have recorded some of the best finishes at conference in our history. Marshall and Brandon have also put up numerous top-10 all-time swims. We are really looking forward to dueling Air Force and sending our seniors out in the right way."
Dilworth, a Mountain West Conference champion his freshman year has yet to rise to that level since, but has proven himself as a leader for UW during his four years. His freshman year in 2009 he won the MW championship in the 100 backstroke with a Wyoming all-time fastest time of 48.33. He is also a member of the record-holding 200 (1:28.35) and 400 (3:15.66) medley relays teams, with both setting the records in 2009. In 2010, he put up the Cowboys second-fastest all-time time in the 200 IM swimming a 1:48.73. In the 200 backstroke Dilworth currently sits in second all-time with a time of 1:46.84. Dilworth has earned All-MW honors all three years he has been a Cowboy, while also earning Academic All-MW all three years.
"We are trying to get Marshall back to his conference championship form from his freshman year," Leach said. "He is a very consistent performer for us always in the top six at the conference championships and we really want to get him back to his freshman year form."
Fischer has proven himself as one of the best breaststrokers in Cowboys history and is one of the Cowboys most experienced swimmers. A season ago Fischer recorded three top-five finishes and posted two NCAA `B' cut times at the MW Championships. In the 100 and 200 breaststrokes he placed second and fourth, respectively. Fischer currently sits in second place all-time in the 100 (54.13) and 200 (1:56.54) breaststroke for the Cowboys, trailing former Cowboy and Olympian Scott Usher. Fischer is a member of the 400 medley relay team that holds the Cowboys all-time record of 3:15.66, which was set in 2009. In the 200 IM, Fischer sits in third place just behind Dilworth with a time of 1:48.73 (2010). Fischer is a three-time All-MW performer as well as an Academic All-MW performer.
"Brandon had an outstanding performance at TCU and SMU swimming very well," Leach added. "We are looking for him to get over that hump and win conference and represent Wyoming swimming at the NCAA's which he is more than capable of doing."
Schwarz has been an excellent diver for the Cowboys during his four year career. He recently took first place against TCU on the 1-meter springboard, which was the first collegiate event win of his career. Schwarz has also dove well at the MW Championships during his career. He is a three-time Academic All-MW performer for the Pokes.
"Tino has been a great asset to the program and is diving really well this year," Bukowski said. "I was really impressed with him against TCU picking up his first win of his college career."
"I have seen Tino doing dives this year that I have never seen from him before," Leach said. "It is good to see him continue to grow even into his senior year. We are really looking forward to having him on both boards this weekend and into conference."