Wyoming Swimming And Diving Returns Home To Take On Northern Colorado

Dec. 13, 2012


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After nearly a month away from competition, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimmers and divers will return to Corbett Pool, on Saturday to take on the Northern Colorado Bears. The dual will begin at 11 a.m. with the first diving event with the swimming action to follow at 1 p.m.

A Look At The Dual:

The Cowgirls enter Saturday with a 2-0 dual record this season. Wyoming has 12 individual swimmers in the top 10 of the Mountain West event rankings. Leading the way for the Cowgirls are sophomore Jordan Denny and senior Jessy Badaracco who each have four top-10 MW times. In the 200 backstroke, Denny is currently third with a time of 1:57.19. She also has the No. 4 time in the conference in the 100 backstroke (54.80) and the 200 freestyle (1:49.54). In the 500 freestyle, she is tied for the eighth-fastest time in the conference of 4:53.48. Badaracco also has four top-10 MW times. Her highest ranking is third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.87. She is sixth in the 100 fly (55.15) and fifth in the 400 individual medley (4:20.75), while ranking ninth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.98. Junior Morgan Hartigan has three top-10 MW times. Her 100 breaststroke time of 1:02.36 is second in the MW. Her 100 freestyle (50.55) is currently tied for fifth in the conference and she has the fourth-fastest time in the 200 individual medley of 2:02.05. Junior Stephanie Young has two top-10 conference times in the 100 breaststroke (third, 1:02.61) and 200 breast (ninth, 2:18.94). Freshman Nicole Hlavacek has the fourth-fastest time in the mile (1650 free) of 16:39.13. She also has the fifth-fastest 1000 freestyle of 10:11.31. Sophomore Melanie McDonough is currently ranked No. 9 in the conference in the 50 free with a time of 23.42. Fellow Sophomore Aliyah Mikulski has the 10th-fastest 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:05.08. In the 200 breaststroke, Meghan Swirzcki (2:18.84) and Halie Lacey (2:20.00) have the eighth and 10th-fastest respective times. Freshman Molly Coonce has the No. 8 time in the conference in the 100 butterfly of 55.61. In the 200 butterfly, freshman Karen Hendrick and sophomore Claudia Carlson are fifth (2:04.38) and seventh (2:04.67), respectively.

The Bears have a 1-2 overall dual record this season having won the Intermountain Shootout in Grand Junction, Colo. Northern Colorado is also coming off a meet victory at the Nebraska-Omaha Invitational on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Omaha, Neb. The Bears have five swimmers ranked in the top 10 of their respective events in the Western Athletic Conference. Junior Courtney Van Oost leads the way with a top-10 ranking in two events. She is currently eighth in both the 200 backstroke (2:01.79) and 400 individual medley (4:28.30). Other swimmers ranked in the top 10 of the WAC standings are, Kylie Rathbone who is 10th in the 100 free (51.75), Gina Cernohous is 10th in the 1650 free (17:34.53), Gina Riggle is ninth in the 200 breast (2:21.93) and Jennifer Laporte is ninth in the 100 fly with a time of 56.72.

The Last Meetings With UNC:

The Cowgirls have defeated the Bears three-consecutive years having won 12 events in each of those meetings. Wyoming has also outscored Northern Colorado 511-333 combined in those three victories. The Cowgirls return four multiple event winners from last season led by Young who won three events. Young touched the wall first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as well as the 200 individual medley. Other Cowgirls to win multiple events were, Denny (100 backstroke and 500 freestyle), Nikki Finnesand (100 and 200 butterfly) and Hartigan (50 and 100 freestyle). Also touching the wall first for UW was Mikulski in the 1000 freestyle. The Cowgirls won both relay events and return at least two members from each. Denny, Young and McDonough return from the 400 medley relay squad while Hartigan and Finnesand return from the 200 freestyle relay squad.