UW Swimming & Diving to Host Colorado Mesa

LARAMIE, Wyo. Wyoming swimming and diving competes against the Colorado Mesa Mavericks, this Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. MT. The dual will be hosted in Green River, Wyo., at the Green River High School Aquatic Center.

The Cowgirls are coming off their third-straight dual win of the season, a 153-84 victory over New Mexico State last Friday. The Cowgirls claimed the top times in 12 of the 13 events. The 400 medley relay team kicked off the meet, winning by 6.5 seconds with a time of 3:53.90. Freshman Tati Iturbe placed first in the 1000 freestyle (10:50.30), followed by junior Kelly Sheldon in the 200 freestyle (1:55.84), senior Danielle Badger in the 50 free (24.56) and sophomore Samantha Burke in the 200 IM (2:10.24).

Wyoming closed out the meet with wins in the final six events. Sophomore Isobel Ryan led the way with a victory in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 52.90, and then swam the first leg of UW’s 200 free relay which won with a time 1:36.71, beating out the competition by nearly four seconds. Freshman Karla Contreras claimed victory in the one-meter dive (295.58), while senior Keely Bishop won the three-meter (277.88).

“We’ve had good practices this week and we’ll probably do more speed-oriented work heading into Saturday,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “We’re fine-tuning some things. The guys had a really challenging set on Saturday, and it was awesome to see. Green River has an amazing facility, and it’s a really fast pool. The men swam so fast there last year. The people there are very hospitable and they take care of us, and I know they’re excited to have us race there.”

The Cowboys are competing in their second dual of 2016, following a 156.5-143.5 loss to Air Force in their first outing. The UW men fell behind early in the meet by 50 points, and battled their way back before falling short in the 400 freestyle relay. A three-win stretch, kicked off by junior Ryan Ball, brought the Cowboys back within striking distance. Ball placed first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.43. Senior Gabe Rooker continued UW’s streak in the 200 breaststroke, clocking a time of 2:02.55. Junior Eric Oleson capped off the run in the 500 freestyle, blowing away the competition with a time of 4:38.11. The second-place finisher clocked in at 4:43.98. Redshirt-sophomore Ryan Russi mirrored Contreras’ performance on the women’s side, finishing first in both diving events for the UW men. Russi scored a 292.50 in the three-meter and a 274.20 in the one-meter. 

Live results of Saturday’s meet can be found at gowyo.com. Follow the Cowgirls on Twitter (@WYO_SwimDive) for live updates throughout the dual.