Wyoming Swimming Earns Sweep Against UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA – Wyoming swimming swept UC Santa Barbara on Friday night.  The men won a 132-130 contest, while the women went to 5-0 this year with a 154-106 win.

Wyoming Press Release

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams opened its weekend in the Golden State with a pair of wins over UC Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Cowboys earned their first dual win of the season with a 132-130 win. The Cowgirls moved to 5-0 on the season picking up a 154-106 victory.

“It was a good dual and swimming outdoors is a different challenge for our kids,” UW associate head coach Matt Leach said. “We did a really good job of changing and adapting showing we are getting stronger.”

The Cowgirls won 11 events on the afternoon. Eight different swimmers won an event with junior Emily Ridout winning two. She won the 50 freestyle at 23.41 and the 100 freestyle at 52.11. Redshirt junior Emily Stucky added a win in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:52.60. She transferred to UW from UC Santa Barbara. California native Junior Keara Chang won the 500 freestyle clocking in at 5:03.01. In the 1,000 freestyle, junior Nicole Hlavacek won the event at 10:19.81. She was followed by senior Aliyah Mikulski and junior Lauren McClure.

Senior Claudia Carlson won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.61. She was followed by junior Molly Coonce and senior Karen Hendrick. Coonce added a win in the 100 butterfly at 55.90. Sophomore Abby Sullivan won the 200 backstroke with a time of 55.90. Junior Emma Dow had a great race winning the 400 individual medley with a mark of 4:28.99.

The Cowgirls won both relays. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Sullivan, freshman Maria Harutjunjan, Coonce and Ridout clocked in at 1:45.83. In the 400 freestyle relay the team of Ridout, sophomore Danielle Badger, junior Sarae Dydo and Stucky finished at 3:28.05.

The Cowboys won eight events with three swimmers winning two events. Freshman Ryan Ball won the 1,000 freestyle at 9:27.83. He added a win in the 200 backstroke at 1:51.43. Senior Adam Kalms added wins in the 100 backstroke at 50.46 and 100 freestyle with a time of 45.00.

Junior Ryan Nelson returned to his home state adding wins in the 500 freestyle at 4:36.01. Junior Kevin Waller finished right behind Nelson. Nelson then won the 400 individual medley at 3:57.54. Junior Kyle Scalise won the 100 breaststroke with an impressive mark of 56.82.

The Cowboys took the final race of the day in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of freshman Kyle White, senior Ryan O’Leary, junior Bryce Carter and Kalms. They finished the event with a time of 3:02.51.
“It was great for our distance swimmers have a great day,” Leach said. “I also felt our guys really turned the corner today.”

Wyoming returns to the pool tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. MT taking on Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

UC Santa Barbara Press Release

The UCSB men’s and women’s swim teams faced off against Wyoming today at Campus Pool in their final home meet of 2014. Both teams swam hard against a strong Wyoming team, with the men finishing 130-132, and the women finishing 106-154.

The men started off their day with a win in the 200 medley relay. Senior Wade Allen (20.58) out-touched Wyoming’s Ryan O’Leary (20.62) to seal a crucial relay win for the Gauchos.

Billy Mullis (1:41.77) took first in the men’s 200 freestyle, with Eddie Sanchez (1:42.76) finishing third, and Clayton Young (1:42.92) finishing fourth.

Julia Mikota took home the first win of the day for the women in the 100 backstroke, coming in at a time of 57.83.

The Gauchos went one-two in the women’s 100 breaststroke with Katie Records (1:03.62) taking first and Charis Hoppe (1:05.45) taking second.

The Gaucho men would follow suit in the men’s 200 butterfly with Mickey Mowry (1:47.64) taking first and Chris Nolan (1:49.07) taking second.

Wade Allen took first in a close heat of the men’s 50 freestyle, coming in at a time of 21.11.

Lauren Vosseler took second in the both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, with times of 24.04 and 52.85, respectively.

The women would take one-two in the second breaststroke event of the day, with Katie Records (2:18.68) taking first and Alyssa Shew (2:21.83) taking second in the 200 breaststroke.

Andy Castilleja (2:04.52) redeemed himself with a win in the men’s 200 breaststroke, finishing almost a second before Wyoming’s Kyle Scalise (2:05.49).

Mickey Mowry (49.53) out-touched Wyoming’s George Eglesfield (49.61) for a crucial win in the men’s 100 butterfly.

The Gauchos will be back in the pool at the Arena Invitational Nov. 20-22 at East Los Angeles College.

Results: Wyoming vs. UC Santa Barbara

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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