DENVER, Colorado, February 7. UNIVERSITY of Denver men's and women's swim teams defeated visiting Colorado School of Mines on Friday evening in the El Pomar Natatorium in the final home meet of the regular season for the Pioneers. The Pioneer men defeated the Oredigger men 146-82, while the women won 144.50 to 72.50.
Senior Blake Worsley (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) set a new El Pomar Natatorium pool record in the men's 200 free as he broke the previous record of 1:39.38 by posting a time of 1:38.95. The previous mark was set by Lucasz Herbst of Western Kentucky during the 2005-06 season.
"It was a great meet for our team and a great showing by our seniors," said head coach Brian Schrader. "We have had a great group of four-year athletes that will be leaving us at the end of the season and they have set the standards for future Pioneers. Their leadership and contributions in and out of the pool have made this program what it is today."
In the women's 400-yard Medley Relay, Denver's B team of Kristin Schmid (Aurora, Colo.), Dara Wong (Boulder, Colo.), Lisa Ginder (Southlake, Texas) and Hayley Ettelson (San Diego, Calif.) grabbed first place with a time of 3:59.81, ahead of DU's A team of Katy Motsinger (Charleston, S.C.), Megan Foley (Portland, Ore.), Shannon Sullivan (Wichita, Kan.) and Amanda McNally (Lone Tree, Colo.) who took second with a time of 4:03.81. CSM's team of Chelsea Fagan, Bexxas Walthall, Andrea Casias and Sabrina Norton finished in third with a time of 4:20.59.
On the men's side, the Pioneer's B team of Jay Giddens (Carlsbard, Calif.), Daniel Vollmer (Ajax, Ontario), Austin Fowler (Litchfield Park, Ariz.) and Gannon Totura (Castle Rock, Colo.) took first place with a time of 3:29.71, while Denver's A team of Garth Summers (Portland, Ore.), Clayton Myers (Aurora, Colo.), Andy Sigfusson (Hindsdale, Ill.) and John Austin (Terrace Park, Ohio.) took second with a time of 3:36.96.
In the 1000 free event, the Pioneer women swept the top three spots as junior Olivia Dean (Aurora, Colo.) took first with a time of 10:45.29. Finishing close behind were freshmen Michelle Needham (Portland, Ore.) and Samantha Case (Park City, Utah) as they both posted times of 10:53.39 and 11:20.00, respectively.
In the men's event, freshman Tyler Pennington (Scottsdale, Ariz.) grabbed first place with a time of 10:01.13, while Giddens took second with a time of 10:15.37. CSM's Matthew Lemke took third place with a time of 10:41.02.
In the women's 200 free, the Pioneers once again swept the top three spots as freshman Jackie Leung (Gresham, Ore.) finished first with a time of 1:54.63, while Ginder and McNally rounded out the top three with times of 1:57.91 and 1:58.05, respectively.
To go along with Worsley's pool record on the men's side, freshman Andrew Grassano (Boca Raton, Fla.) took second place in the men's 200 free with a time of 1:44.51, while Myers finished third (1:45.37).
In the 50 free event, both the men's and women's teams swept the top three spots once again. Motsinger (24.89), senior Caitlin Summers (Portland, Ore.) (25.51) and Sullivan (25.76) placed for the women, while sophomore Scott Madaras (Yorktown, Va.) (21.10), Fowler (21.61) and sophomore Joseph Welnhofer (Wilmette, Ill.) (21.97) swept for the men.
The women continued to dominate in the 200 IM as freshmen Megan Foley (Portland, Ore.) and Emily Kuhr (Littleton, Colo.) grabbed first and second with times of 2:12.13 and 2:15.44, respectively. Junior Lindsay Brown (Allen, Texas) rounded out the top three with a time of 2:17.41.
Summers led the way for the men as he posted a time of 1:55.01 for first place, while Pennington finished in third with a time of 2:01.03. CSM's Kevin Shaw finished second with a time of 1:59.67.
In the women's 100 fly, the Pioneers once again impressed as Leung (1:00.02), Needham (1:00.46) and senior Michele Lowry (Hailey, Idaho) (1:00.53) swept the top three spots. On the men's side, Austin (52.14), senior Nicholas Brunger (Castle Rock, Colo.) (52.18) and Sigfusson (54.51) grabbed the points as they swept the top three places.
In the 100 free, both the men and women took first through third as Worsley (45.62), sophomore Caleb Severns (Fairbanks, Alaska) (48.86), Grassano (49.17), Case (53.44), Ginder (54.62) and Summers (55.72) finished ahead of their respective packs.
In the 100 backstroke, the final event that the Pioneers counted, the duo of Schmid and sophomore Melissa Greeves (Melbourne, Australia) took first and second with times of 1:00.06 and 1:00.17, respectively. For the men, Tortura (53.04) and sophomore Chase Torgerson (Lawrence, Kan.) (54.45) grabbed the top two spots, ahead of CSM's Andrew Zerwick, who posted a time of 55.90.
Both teams will head Nashville, Tenn., to take part in the Sun Belt Conference Championships from Wednesday, Feb. 18 to Saturday, Feb. 21.
Special thanks to Denver for contributing this report.