Denver Pioneers Sweep BYU, New Mexico

Photo Courtesy: University of Denver Athletics

DENVER, Colorado, January 17. THE University of Denver swimming and diving teams won 24 of the 32 events contested this evening en route to a sweep of BYU and New Mexico on Friday night. Samantha Corea and Amanda Sanders each had three wins apiece for the Pioneer women, while Kyle Milberg and Dylan Bunch picked up three wins each for the men’s team.

Denver Press Release

Winning 24-of-32 events, the University of Denver swimming and diving teams defeated BYU (M/W) and University of New Mexico (W) at the El Pomar Natatorium on Friday.

Denver’s men (175 points) defeated BYU (125 points). The women swam to the top spot with 199 points, beating BYU (158 points) and University of New Mexico (140 points).

“We’re really pleased with our results tonight,” head swimming coach Brian Schrader said. “I know our kids were motivated to come in and race hard, and they did. I’m really impressed with our team’s effort from top to bottom.”

Denver started out with a win in the women’s 200 medley relay. The team of Johanna Roas (Munich, Germany), Amanda Sanders (Littleton, Colo.), Drew Matthews (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Samantha Corea (Vancouver, British Columbia) posted the top time in the event.

The women continued strong with a one-two-three sweep in the 100 free. Clara Jenck (Phoenix, Ariz.) claimed first with a time of 10:31.25 with Jaclyn Best (Boulder, Colo.) coming in second (10:34.22) and Nicole Cassou (Castle Rock, Colo.) in third (10:34.39).

Leading Denver’s women were Corea and Sanders who each came away with three individual wins. Corea placed first in the 100 back (56.03), the 200 back (2:01.56) and the 100 fly (55.83), while Sanders was victorious in the 100 breast (1:04.03), the 200 breast (2:19.85) and the 200 IM (2:08.80).

Also successful for the women were Bridgette McNally (Lonetree, Colo.) and Roas who both posted two individual wins each. McNally won the 200 free (1:53.44) and the 500 free (5:04.08), and Roas beat the competition in the 50 free (23.97) and 100 free (51.00).

Closing out the meet with yet another win, the team of Roas, Zoe Huddleston (Rothschild, Wis.), Matthews and Kacie Van Buskirk (South Lyon, Mich.) won the 200 free relay (1:35.45).

Kyle Milberg (Littleton, Colo.) and Dylan Bunch (Boulder City, Nev.) lead DU’s men with three individual wins each. Milberg claimed victories in the 100 back (49.49), 200 back (2:47.00) and the 100 fly (49.29) while Bunch won the 500 free (4:35.18), the 1000 free (9:33.52) and the 200 free (1:41.07). Posting two wins for the Pioneers was Tanner Krall (Pueblo, Colo.) who placed first in the 100 breast (56.61) and the 200 breast (2:05.87).

Andrew Torres (Arvada, Colo.) and Kyle Robrock (Savage, Mich.) swam to top spots as well. Torres came in first in the 200 fly (1:49.98) and Robrock was victorious in the 100 free (46.27)

Denver’s divers also brought in big scores for the Pioneers. Junior Ross Edfort (Somerset, N.J.) came away with a first place in the 1-meter (318.4) and a second in the 3-meter (310.25). For the women, Cat Badillo claimed third in the 1-meter dive (262.65).

“The divers did well getting back into the routine of competition,” head diving coach Channing Kimball said. “They were able to score significant points against two strong diving teams. I look forward to another competition tomorrow in which the divers can improve upon their work from today.”

DU swimming and diving hits the water again on Saturday when it hosts Wyoming at El Pomar Natatorium.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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