LARAMIE, Wyoming, November 11. THE Cowgirl swimming and diving team remained undefeated by beating TCU 146-97, while the Cowboys took TCU to the final relay of the day before losing 126-115, Saturday afternoon at Corbett Pool. The Cowgirls improve to 3-0 overall and in Mountain West Conference duals while the Cowboys fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the MWC. TCU's men improve to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the MWC while their women fall to 6-3 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
En route to their dual win, the Cowgirls won nine of 13 events, including both relays. The 400 medley relay team started the dual with a bang as freshman Olena Moher and seniors Erin Spadinger, Heidi Thorson and Katie Bigger won the event by over seven seconds, touching the wall in 3:57.49. The Cowgirl 400 freestyle relay team then followed suit, swimming a first place time of 3:35.86 in the final event of the day. Swimming the freestyle relay was Thorson, sophomores Aimee Stinson and Krista Jones and senior Tamara Lehnertz.
Individually, the Cowgirls were paced by Spadinger and Stinson who each won two events in the dual. Spadinger won two very tight races, the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. She touched out TCU in both races, finishing with a time of 2:12.54 in the IM and 1:07.06 in the breaststroke. Stinson won both distance freestyle events, cruising to the wins by over a combined ten seconds. She turned in a time of 10:44.73 in the 1000 and 5:12.11 in the 500.
Other individual winners for the Cowgirls included Lehnertz in the 200 freestyle (1:55.91) and Thorson in the 100 butterfly (58.21).
"The girls raced really well and deserved this win. They dominated from the get go," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I was very pleased with the way we came back after competing just over 12 hours ago. It was a big day for Erin, she took it upon herself to not lose to a team from her home state of Texas and made it very clear with her two close wins that she was not going to lose. Aimee also had another fantastic dual. Overall, it was a good win for our girls. It is nice to be unbeaten at this point in the dual season."
The Cowboys fate came down to the final relay of the day where a first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay would have meant a dual win for the Pokes. Unfortunately, the Cowboys were unable to win that race and fell to the Horned Frogs. Other races that turned out being key were the 200 and 500 freestyles. The Pokes were touched out in both events, losing by .65 in the 200 and by .11 in the 500.
Despite the loss, several Cowboys had solid days in the water. Leading the way was senior John Lynch who won both diving events, finishing with a score of 298.43 in 1-meter and 333.45 in 3-meter. Senior Dan Jones had a great swim in the 200 IM and won the event with a time of 1:57.49. Sophomore Alex Larkin also had a good day and won a close 100 breaststroke by turning in a time of 57.89.
"This is a tough loss for our guys and I feel for them. They raced hard and came up just short in a couple of places," said Johnson. "Getting touched out in both the 200 and 500 freestyles really cost us a chance of winning this dual but it wasn't due to a lack of effort. We never quit and took it down to the last event."