UW Men and Women Place Second at DU Relays


DENVER, Colo. – Wyoming men’s and women’s swimming each placed second at the DU Relays on Saturday afternoon in Denver, Colo.

The UW women finished with 268 points, behind Denver with 322 points and ahead of Northern Colorado with 158 points. The UW men ended the day with 278 points, behind first-place DU with 316 points. Each UW squad recorded two relay victories.

“It started out a bit rough in the first couple races, but we got things going with the 3x500 relays,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “I was really proud of the way they raced in those events, both the men and the women. We just couldn’t win enough events today. It seemed like every event that was close, we ended up on the wrong end of it. Maria [Harutjunjan] and Daniela [Luna Rocha] swam really well today and I thought Gabe [Rooker] had a great performance in the breaststroke relay.”

The men placed first in the 3x500 freestyle relay with team comprised of Ryan Ball, Seth Borgert and Eric Oleson, finishing in 14:04.31. The women’s 3x500 freestyle relay team, comprised of Kelly Sheldon, Daniela Luna Rocha and Tati Iturbe, earned the victory with a time of 15:23.51. The UW men also claimed first in the 4x100 IM Relay (Wade Nelson, Kyle White, Ball and Dylan Sether) with a time of 3:29.61. The UW women notched their second first-place finish of the day in the 4x25 Medley Relay (Emily Stevens, Maria Harutjunjan, Samantha Burke and Danielle Badger) with a time of 48.31.

Wyoming women’s swimming and diving will compete in its first dual of the 2016-17 season against New Mexico on Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. MT.