LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams are back in action this week as the Cowboys will host Air Force on Thursday for senior day, while the Cowgirls will welcome Northern Arizona and Air Force on Friday afternoon. The action is set to begin at the Laramie Recreation Center at 2 p.m. MT on Thursday and 5 p.m. on Friday. The men's diving team will compete at Air Force on Thursday, as the women will face off on Friday. Both diving events will begin at 4 p.m. at the Academy.
The Pokes hold multiple top-five times in the Western Athletic Conference this season. Slade Sheaffer sits atop the 200 freestyle event with a mark of 1:40.56, while Ryan Ball is fifth in the 500 freestyle with a 4:35.62. Ball is also second in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:30.68 and fourth in the 200 backstroke with a 1:50.82. Kyle Scalise has the fifth-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke, and fourth-best in the 200. Ryan Nelson is fourth in the 200 butterfly and second in the 400 IM.
Most recently, Air Force defeated Arizona State on Nov. 7 by a score of 158-142 to improve their record to 8-0 on the season. The Falcons own several top times in the conference this season. Kevin Jackson has a top-time of 4:31.70 in the 500 freestyle, while Andrew Faciszewski is second. Jackson also holds the top spot in the 1,650 freestyle. Michael Bamosky has the best times in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. For the second time this season, Jordan Dahle and Nathanael Zillweger were named the WAC swimmer and diver of the week for Nov. 2-8.
The Cowgirls defeated Border War rival Colorado State on Friday by a score of 196-104. UW won 14 of the 16 events on the evening, including the first seven on way to its victory. Keara Chang won two events for Wyoming. She posted top times in the 200 and 500 freestyle. A team of Samantha Burke, Sarae Dydo, Isobel Ryan and Emily Ridout claimed first in the 200 free relay with a new Corbett Pool record and final mark of 1:34.48.
Northern Arizona has been off since it hosted a double dual with Wyoming and LSU on Oct. 31. NAU won three overall events on the final day of the meet. Kendall Brown won the 400 freestyle, Urte Kazakeviciute claimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke, while Chelsea brought home the victory in the 1-meter diving event. Air Force last competed against Denver on Nov. 7. The Falcons fell to the Pioneers 183-113 in Denver. Air Force had three overall winners in the dual, as Genevieve Miller won the 1,000 freestyle, Maria Schroeder won the 100 fly and Isabella Farrell bested the 3-meter diving competition.