LARAMIE, Wyo. – Wyoming men’s and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Air Force for their first road duals of the 2016 season this Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m. MT. The Cowgirls will then return home for a dual against New Mexico State at the Corbett Pool on Friday, also slated for 5 p.m.
The women’s team is coming off a 167-132 win over New Mexico on Oct. 14. Standout performances in the diving and relay events led the way for the Cowgirls. The men’s team is competing in its first dual of the season, most recently racing at the DU Relays on Oct. 8.
“I think it’s good for the women’s team to have to race on Thursday and then turn around and compete again on Friday,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “It prepares them for the Missouri Invite and the conference championship. We’re looking forward to Air Force, it’s been a great rivalry and our meets have been really close over the past couple years. I know the guys want the helmet back too. Their women are much improved and they have a great freshman class.”
Last season, the Cowboys took on Air Force at home, narrowly falling to the Falcons by a score of 156-144. Junior Ryan Ball led UW with victories in the 1000 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 I.M. Each year, the winner of dual between Air Force and Wyoming brings home a helmet with a Cowboy design on one half and Falcon design on the other. The Cowgirls compete against New Mexico State following last season’s 178-122 victory in Las Cruces, N.M. The UW women won 10 of the 16 events on their way to the dual win.
“We have to be able to turn around and come back on Friday with the same energy that we go in with on Thursday,” senior Lauren Puglisi said. “This past week we’ve all been putting in really hard work and we get to see that pay off in competitions. We go into every meet looking to do the best that we can. Last year that earned us a win over New Mexico State, and if we go into this week with the same mentality we’ll be able to win both duals.”
The live stream of Thursday’s dual will be available through GoWyo.com, and will also be available for viewing on the Mountain West Network at TheMW.com and on Campus Insiders at CampusInsiders.com. Live results of Friday’s meet can be found at gowyo.com. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter (@WYO_SwimDive) for live updates throughout each match.