Wyoming Swimming Opens Season With Victories At The DU Relays

Oct. 13, 2012

DENVER, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming swimming team opened the 2012 regular season with victories at the Denver University Relays on Saturday, in Denver, Colo. The Cowgirls won the meet against Denver by a score of 201-173. The Cowboys downed Denver by a score of 172 to 170, while defeating Air Force by a score of 172 to 94. On the day, the Cowgirls swimmers won seven events while the Cowboys touched the wall first in six events.

"This is a great win for our program," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "The last time we came down here in January, Denver beat us pretty handily, but we came out and swam great today. This was a very positive effort and I am proud of how we swam today."

The victories started for the Cowgirls with the 1500 freestyle relay with the "A" squad which touched the wall first with a time of 15:29.80. The Cowgirls next win came two events later in the 300 breaststroke relay, again with the "A" team touching the wall in first with a time of 3:17.50. Following the 300 breast victory the Cowgirls never looked back winning every event from that point on. The 100 freestyle team of Emily Ridout, Morgan Hartigan, Emily Stucky and Melanie McDonough took first with a time of 43.20. In the 400 medley relay, Cowgirls Hartigan, Claudia Carlson, Jessy Badaracco and Molly Coonce finished first with a time of 3:59.80. The 500 freestyle relay team of Ridout, Stucky, Jordan Denny and Nicole Hlavacek followed the 400 medley with a victory of their own touching the wall in 4:37.30. Cowgirls Denny, Hartigan, Badaracco and Ridout won the 100 medley relay with a time of 48.30. The final event win of the day for the Cowgirls came in the 400 freestyle relay with Hartigan, Stucky, McDonough and Denny touching the wall first with a time of 3:30.10. In other women's action the 200 medley relay Cowgirl "A" team of Denny, Hartigan, Badaracco and McDonough finished second with a time of 1:44.80. The 300 butterfly team also finished second with a time of 2:51.60, while the 300 backstroke team was touched out, also finishing second with a time of 2:52.20.

"Morgan and Emily (Stucky) swam wonderful for us today," Johnson said. "We had a lot of new kids swam very fast."

On the men's side, the Cowboys also won their first event in the 1500 freestyle with a time of 13:59.90. The Pokes 300 butterfly team followed that up with a victory with a winning time of 2:30.80. After a second-place finish in the 300 backstroke relay (2:36.70) and a fourth-place finish in the 300 (2:59.00) breaststroke, the Cowboys once again took first place in the 100 freestyle. Cowboys Adam Kalms, Nick Rutecki, Ryan O'Leary and Jeff Frey touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle relay with a time of 37.30, nearly one second faster than their nearest competition. In the next event the 400 medley relay Cowboys Kalms, Ryan Nelson, Jordan Turner and Jayce Calhoon were touched out taking second with a time of 3:34.00. From that point on, the Cowboys won every event on their way to victory in the relays. The Pokes 500 freestyle team of Frey, Kalms, Tyler Kybartas and Ethan Griffel took first with a time of 4:00.10 nearly six seconds ahead of the second place Wyoming team of Rutecki, O'Leary, Brendan Costello and Kevin Waller (4:06.00). Following the 500 freestyle relay, was the 100 medley relay with Cowboys O'Leary, Frey, Rutecki and Kalms winning with a time of 41.40. The 400 freestyle relay was the final event of the meet with Cowboys Kalms, Griffel, O'Leary and Frey taking first with a time of 3:02.70.

"The men's meet was close all the way today and we really dropped the hammer in the 500 freestyle to pull away," Johnson said.

Wyoming swimming will be off until Oct. 27 before the Cowgirls travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on Colorado State. Both teams will be back in action on Nov. 10 with a trip to the Air Force Academy to take on the Falcons.