Columbia, Missouri (Nov. 19, 2016) – Wyoming swimming and diving concluded the Mizzou Invite on Friday, with each squad placing third. The Cowgirls tallied 619 points while the Cowboys finished the evening with 635.5 total points.
After three days of competition, the Missouri women claimed victory with 1,332 points, followed by Illinois with 637 points and the Cowgirls just behind with 619. On the men’s side, the Tigers also won the invite with a total of 1,355. Drury placed second with 685 points, just ahead of Wyoming with 635.5.
“All in all, I thought it was a pretty good weekend and we showed a lot of improvement,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “We had great performances in the women’s mile race. Eric Oleson had a fantastic day. Kelly Sheldon and Abby Sullivan were terrific in the 200 backstroke final. Kyle White keeps improving and had a very nice swim in the 100 freestyle. Our divers were great once again.”
Freshman Daniela Luna Rocha kicked off the Cowgirls’ evening with a second-place finish in the mile race, clocking in at 16:48.78, the third-best time in Wyoming history. Sullivan and Sheldon placed sixth and seventh in the 200 backstroke, with times of 1:58.94 and 2:00.29, respectively. Junior Maria Harutjunjan earned second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:11.85, more than three seconds faster than her qualifying time. Freshman Karla Contreras placed third in her first platform dive event as a Cowgirl with a score of 238.65.
Oleson began the day for the Cowboys, placing fourth in the men’s mile race in 15:42.75. Senior Gabe Rooker and sophomore Liam Holt logged times of 1:57.45 and 1:58.6 in the 200 breaststroke for third and fourth place finishes. Jacob Porter logged a personal-best time of 1:48.48 in the 200 butterfly to finish sixth. Freshman Scotia Mullin had a standout performance in his first platform dive event for Wyoming, scoring a 384.75 for a second-place finish.
Wyoming swimming and diving will be back in action Dec. 1 and 2 at the Colorado Mesa Invite in Grand Junction, Colo.