LARAMIE, Wyoming, November 6. THE University of Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl Swimming and Diving teams split with the Denver University Pioneers on Saturday in Corbett Pool. The Cowgirls defeated the Pioneers 193-104, and the Pioneer men defeated the Cowboys 152-146.
The victory brings the Cowgirls’ dual record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference standings. The loss drops the Cowboys record to 1-1 in dual meets on the season.
For Denver, the victory brings the Pioneer men’s record to 3-1, while the loss drops the Pioneer women’s record to 2-2 on the season.
“I was very happy with how the ladies swam today and the divers were amazing again,” Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnson said. “This was a complete team win today.”
The Cowgirls won the 200-yard medley relay and never looked back, winning every event against the Pioneers. Following the 200 medley relay, freshman Cowgirl Lizzie Justice won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:47.44. Wyoming had several multiple event winners in the meet, including Lesley Young in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Claudia Carlson in the 100 and 200 butterfly, Shelby Bull in the 100 and 200 freestyle and Kelsey Conci won the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
Conci broke the Corbett Pool record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.80. Stephanie Vint also won the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley for the Cowgirls. The combination of Conci, Morgan Hartigan, Carlson and Bull won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.73. The Cowgirls `A’ 400 freestyle relay team consisting of Conci, Hartigan, Kenzie Hewson and Bull won with a time of 3:29.96.
“I am very pleased with how Kelsey raced today and I am very excited for her to get the pool record,” Johnson said. “That is not an easy record to break.”
The Cowboys and the Pioneer men battled all meet coming down to the final race in the 400 freestyle relay. The `Pokes started off winning the 200 medley relay by less than a second over the Pioneers, but could not hang on the rest of the meet. Event winners for the Cowboys include Ethan Griffel in the 200 and 500 freestyle with a time of 1:41.38 in the 200 and 4:40.74 in the 500. Brandon Fisher won the 100 and the 200 breaststroke, giving the Cowboys much-needed points. Fischer won the 100 breast with a time of 57.13 and the 200 with a time of 2:04.43. The contest between the Cowboys and the Pioneers came down to the final race, which was the 400 freestyle relay. Wyoming led DU 140-139 with the 400 free relay to go, but it was unable to hang on. The Pioneer `A’ relay team defeated the Cowboy `A’ relay team consisting of Christian Johnson, Griffel, Jeff Frey and Tyler Kybartas, by just two seconds to seal the victory for the Pioneers.
“On the men’s side, I was happy with how the divers performed,” Johnson said. “They really kept us in the meet. We just are not deep enough to really pull away from a team like Denver, but our guys are getting better.”
In diving action, the Cowboys and Cowgirls swept all four diving events. The highlight for the Cowgirls in the diving action was Allie Smith, who broke her own Corbett Pool record on the 3-meter springboard with a mark of 329.70. Smith also won the 1-meter springboard with a score of 296.03. On the men’s side, Mark Murdock took home the win for the `Pokes on the 3-meter with a score of 369.00. Cowboy Kyle Bogner won the 1-meter with a score of 327.75.
Next up for the Cowboys and Cowgirls will be a trip to Lincoln, Neb., on Friday Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. MT. In Lincoln the Cowgirls will dual the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. The Cowboys will take on the North Dakota men.
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