DENVER, Colorado, January 19. THE University of Denver set two new pool records in the opening 400 medley relays en route to a sweep of rival Wyoming on Saturday. Andrew Torres added an individual pool record in the 200 fly for DU, while Wyoming divers Kari Campbell and Amanda Fey took down the pool records in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, respectively.
Denver Press Release
The University of Denver swimming and diving teams were victorious by 40-plus point margins over Wyoming Saturday at El Pomar Natatorium.
After falling to the Cowboys at the Denver Relays event in September 2013, the Denver men responded by defeating Wyoming 173.5 – 127 while the DU women won 173 – 126.5.
“It was a great day for our team,” head swim coach Brian Schrader said. “We have a great rivalry with Wyoming and they’re always well coached and well prepared. It was great head-to-head racing.”
DU got off to a good start with both the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay teams breaking pool records. The women’s team of Johanna Roas (Munich, Germany), Amanda Sanders (Littleton, Colo.), Drew Matthews (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Samantha Corea (Vancouver, British Columbia) claimed first place with a time of 3:45.61. The time shattered the old pool record of 3:48.59 set by Madsen, Johansen, Hughey and Wicks (BSU) in 2013. For the men, Kyle Milberg (Littleton, Colo.), Tanner Krall (Pueblo, Colo.), Patrick Guillory (Meadows Place, Texas) and Kyle Robrock (Savage, Minn.) also came in first place in 3:19.69. Their time broke the 2006 El Pomar pool record of 3:20.49 set by Pinto, Parker, Bartell and Onurlu (FAU).
Denver’s men were again led by Milberg and Dylan Bunch (Boulder City, Nev.) who each posted three individual wins each. Milberg dominated the 100 back (49.58), the 200 back (1:48.63) and the 100 fly (49.67) while Bunch succeeded in the 200 free (1:40.46), the 1000 free (9:34.97) and the 500 free (4:32.91).
Fellow Pioneers Luke Williams (Scottdale, Ariz) and Matt Absher (Knoxville, Tenn.) joined Bunch as top finishers in both the 1000 and 500 free. Williams claimed second in the 500 free (4:40.33) and Absher got third in the 500 free (4:41.34) and second in the 1000 free (9:43.20).
Swimming to a pair of individual wins for the DU men was senior Krall, who came out on top in the 100 (56.75) and 200 breast (2:04.66). Andrew Torres (Arvada, Colo.) and Robrock also garnered individual wins for Denver. Robrock got the top spot in the 50 free (20.85), while Torres claimed first in the 200 fly (1:48.79). Torres’ time broke the El Pomar pool record previously set by Sean Ledford (AFA) of 1:49.74 in 2013.
On the women’s side, Bridgette McNally (Lone Tree, Colo.), Corea and Sanders gathered three first-places each. McNally won the 200 back (2:03.96) and the 400 IM (4:26.91), Cora the 100 back (55.18) and the 100 fly (55.54) and Sanders the 100 breast (1:04.24) and the 200 breast (2:19.38).
Roas again posted two wins in the 50 free (23.85) and the 100 free (51.09). Also winning individual events for Denver were Clara Jenck (Phoenix, Ariz.), Matthews and Morgan Mullenix (St. Louis, Mo.). Jenck dominated in the 1000 free (10:29.20) while Matthews won the 200 free (1:52.10) and Mullenix the 500 free (5:03.27).
Right behind Jenck in the 1000 free were DU’s Nicole Cassou (Castle Rock, Colo.) (10:31.69) and Jaclyn Best (Boulder, Colo.) (10:31.80).
Ross Edfort (Somerset, N.J.) and Dana Gau (Waukesha, Wis.) posted big socres in diving. Edfort claimed first in the 1-meter dive with 348 points and second in the 3-meter dive with 326.45. Gau placed third in both events with 273.25 points in the 1-meter and 250.15 in the 3-meter.
Next weekend, Denver’s men travel to Las Vegas to face UNLV while the women head to Boise, Idaho to compete with Boise State.
Wyoming Press Release
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams returned to competition after a 56-day break falling to Denver University on Saturday afternoon in El Pomar Natatorium. The Cowboys (4-3) fell to the Pioneers 173.5 to 126.5 with the Cowgirls (6-2) falling to DU 173-127. Cowgirl divers Kari Campbell and Amanda Fay didn’t miss a beat during the break setting El Pomar Natatorium pool records on their way to titles in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
“It didn’t turn out the way we wanted today, but we had great fan support,” said Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson. “It was just really hard for us to get in rhythm after such a long break, but we had a great finish to the meet.”
Fay got the Cowgirls divers off to a fast start with a win in the 3-meter springboard. The Jackson, Wyoming native won the event with a personal-best score of 306.45. Campbell followed in second place at 278.70. Campbell took the 1-meter springboard crown with personal-best and NCAA Zone diving qualifying mark of 280.40. Fay finished second in the event with a score of 279.00.
In the men’s diving events senior Derek Campbell, the Western Athletic Conference leader in the 3-meter springboard won the event with a score of 331.05. He finished second in the 1-meter with a tally of 343.75, a personal-best mark.
“The divers did a great job and we are on the right track,” said UW diving coach Yahya Radman. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m excited to see what we can do the rest of the season.”
The Cowboy swimmers were paced by sophomore Ryan Nelson and junior Adam Kalms. Nelson won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:59.75, it was a season-best for the school record holder in the event. Kalms was Wyoming’s other winner on the day taking the crown in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.26.
The Pokes’ 200 freestyle relay squad of Kalms, senior Ethan Griffel, sophomore Bryce Carter and junior Ryan O’Leary won the event with an impressive time of 1:22.78. The 400 medley relay team of Kalms, sophomore Kyle Scalise, sophomore George Eglesfield and Griffel finished second with a time of 3:21.60.
“Ryan and Adam had excellent days for us,” Johnson said. “Our relay teams were also great with the medley relay team putting up a great time for this part of the season.”
The Cowgirl swimmers were led by junior Claudia Carlson, as she took the title in the 200 butterfly at 2:05.92. Fellow junior Karen Hendrick finished second at 2:07.12. She was followed by senior Leah Roesler in third with a mark of 2:07.13.
“Our butterflyers did a great job for us today, they were our strongest event,” Johnson said.
The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Morgan Hartigan, junior Melanie McDonough, freshman Abby Sullivan and sophomore Emily Ridout finished the meet strong for UW taking the event with a time of 1:34.40.
The Cowgirls return to action next Saturday afternoon hosting Border War rival Colorado State at noon in Corbett Pool.