COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, November 11. THE Wyoming swimming and diving teams traveled to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday afternoon and both defeated the Air Force Falcons. The Cowgirls handily defeated the Falcons 189.5-110.5 and the Cowboys also won going away by a score of 180-120. The Cowgirls improved their record to 2-0 overall in duals and 2-0 in Mountain West duals. The Cowboys won their first dual meet of the season. Leading the teams were sophomore Cowboy Adam Kalms and junior Cowgirl Morgan Hartigan, who both won three events for their respective teams.
“Both teams swam very well today,” Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. “I was very impressed with our performances. We came out a looking a little rusty but really improved as the meet went on. Both teams were able to take an early lead and never look back.”
The Cowboys and the Cowgirls opened the meet with a victory in the 400 medley relay. Cowgirls Jordan Denny, Morgan Hartigan, Jessy Badaracco and Emily Stucky touched the wall first with a time of 3:52.47. For the Cowboys, Adam Kalms, Mike McCormick, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey also finished first with a time of 1:32.37.
In the first individual event the 1000 freestyle, freshman Nicole Hlavacek won the event for the second meet in a row with a time of 10:29.31. Hlavacek's teammate Aliyah Mikulski finished just behind her with a time of 10:46.96. On the men's side sophomore Joseph Ferreri (9:57.35) and Ethan Griffel (10:00.32) finished second and third, respectively, in the 1000 free.
“Nicole's 1000 freestyle was outstanding,” Johnson said. “She has been swimming at a very high level for us.”
Freshman Keara Chang won the fifth event of the day in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.07. In the men's 200 freestyle, Cowboys Kalms (1:39.17), Tyler Kybartas (1:42.23) and Kevin Waller (1:43.27) finished first, second and third, respectively.
“Adam's 200 freestyle was an unbelievable swim at 7,200 feet,” Johnson said.
Cowgirl Denny grabbed her first individual win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57.91. Melanie McDonough finished second behind Denny with a time of 59.37. Junior Jayce Calhoon touched the wall first in the men's 100 back with a time of 51.73.
In the 100 breaststroke, junior Stephanie Young finished first with a time of 1:05.70. On the men's side of the 100 breast, McCormick and Jordan Turner touched the wall in second and third with times of 58.89 and 59.05, respectively.
The Cowgirls took first, second, third and fourth place in the 200 butterfly. Claudia Carlson led the way in first with a time of 2:06.27, Badaracco finished second (2:08.98), Karen Hendrick took third (2:09.96) and Molly Coonce finished fourth with a time of 2:12.41. On the men's side the Cowboys went one, two, three with George Eglesfield winning his first collegiate event with a time of 1:51.38. Ryan Nelson followed Eglesfield in second with a time of 1:54.68 and Trevor LeValley finished third (1:55.61).
Hartigan won her first individual event of the day in the 50 freestyle touching the wall with a time of 23.70. Freshman Stucky finished second behind Hartigan (24.69). The Cowboys also took first and second in the 50 freestyle with Bryce Carter winning his first collegiate event with a time of 20.98. He was followed by Frey in second with a time of 21.15.
At the first diving break the women dove on the 1-meter springboard and the men dove off the 3-meter. For the Cowgirls, senior Sasha Andrie finished first with a mark of 253.80 followed by Amanda Fay in second with a mark of 232.73. The Cowboys highest finisher was freshman Eric McMillin in third with a mark of 284.40.
Following the diving break, Hartigan came out and won her second event of the day in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.61. Cowboy Kalms also won his second event of the day in the 100 free with a time of 44.92. Ryan O'Leary finished second behind Kalms with a time of 46.64 and Carter touched the wall in third with a time of 46.84.
In the 200 backstroke, Denny won her second event of the meet with a time of 2:08.02. Calhoon won his second event of the day in the men's 200 back with a time 1:51.19. Freshman Brendan Costello touched the wall in second behind Calhoon with a time of 1:54.77.
Cowgirl Young continued the UW winning in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.31. The victory was Young's second of the day. On the men's side, Air Force snapped the Cowboy's streak of victories, but Cowboys McCormick (2:09.21), Turner (2:11.45) and Kyle Scalise (2:13.57) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
Hlavacek completed the sweep of the distance freestyle events winning the 500 free with a time of 5:09.49. Cowboys Waller, Griffel and Tyler Kybartas finished first, second and third, respectively. Waller finished first with a time of 4:42.89, Griffel was second place (4:43.78) and Kybartas was third with a time of 4:46.28.
Carlson swept the butterfly events winning the 100 fly touching the wall with a time of 57.27. For the Cowboys, Rutecki won the 100 fly with a time of 51.38.
At the second diving break, the men dove on the 1-meter and the women competed on the 3-meter. Cowboy McMillin finished second with a mark of 263.33. For the Cowgirls, Fay was the highest finisher in third with a mark of 230.85.
Hartigan came out of the second diving break the way she did the first and became Wyoming's first three event winning touching the wall first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:07.27. Kalms also won his third event of the day in the men's 200 IM with a time of 1:54.19. Cowboys Nelson and Turner finished behind Kalms in second and third with times of 1:58.06 and 1:58.24, respectively.
The Cowgirls closed the meet with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.70. UW's Ridout, Chang, McDonough and Stucky combined for the Cowgirl victory. The Cowboys also finished the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:04.86. Cowboys Carter, Griffel, O'Leary and Kybartas combined for the Pokes victory.
Wyoming swimming and diving will now travel to Houston for the Houston Invitational beginning Thursday, Nov. 15 and continuing to Saturday, Nov. 17.
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