Cowgirl Swim & Dive Opens Up with 155-145 Win over Northern Colorado

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September 21st, 2018 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major

“Wyoming vs. Northern Colorado

  • Sept. 20, 2018
  • Wyoming 155, Northern Colorado 145
  • Results

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Courtesy: Wyoming Athletics

GREELEY, Colo. – Wyoming women’s swimming and diving opened up the dual season with a 155-145 victory over the Northern Colorado Bears on Thursday afternoon.

“I think the meet went pretty well. We pulled it off 155-145,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “Our freshmen class really stepped up and swam great. Lainee Jones was a rock star on the freestyle events and Andrea Niemann won the 200 backstroke and did a nice job for us today. Overall, the freshmen class raced hard as well as the whole team.

“The divers scored points for us as well and Kyle (Bogner) continues to do a good job. I was happy with today. Saw some areas where we can improve and looking to get some speed, because they are obviously in great shape.”

The Cowgirls won seven of 16 events highlighted by wins in the freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and sweeps of both boards of diving. In the first win of the day for UW, freshman Lainee Jones took the 200-yard freestyle with time of 1:54.47. That was followed by a one, two, three finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Senior Samantha Burke swam a time of 57.46 for the first spot. Fellow senior Conner Tarver took second with a time of 59:30 while freshman Catri Clarke came in third with a time of 1:00.25.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Wyoming took the three of the top four spots. Sophomore Hannah McLean-Leonard won with a time of 57.13, while freshman Allana Clarke swam a third place time of 59:08 and freshman Kira Crane followed in fourth with a 1:00.65 time.

The Cowgirls posted the top three scores on the 3-meter boad led by senior Peyton Grandpre with a 243.00. Freshman McKenna Houlihan and junior Abigail Zoromski finished second and third with marks of 190.50 and 186.00, respectively. Grandpre also took the 1-meter event with a 226.50 mark, while Houlihan was third with a score of 202.50

Freshman Andrea Niemann claimed the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:07.65 time. Senior Marcela Gramcko was second with her time of 2:09.34 and Tarver came in third with a 2:09.73 time.

In the final event of the day, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Burke, Jones, McLean-Leonard, freshman Katelyn Blattner won with a time of 3:32.48.

Wyoming swimming and diving will be back in action on Friday, September 28 with its annual Brown and Gold scrimmage and alumni meet. It is set for 5 p.m. at Corbett Pool.

Courtesy: Northern Colorado Athletics

GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Colorado swimming and diving opened its 2018-19 season with a back and forth duel against the University of Wyoming, falling to the Cowgirls 155-145 inside the Butler-Hancock Pool. UNC took first in nine of the 16 events and a total of 21 top three finishes.

Freshman Rose Saya had a strong debut for the Bears winning both the 1000 and 500 yard freestyle races. Saya finished the 1000 yard in a time of 10:28.72, a total of five seconds better than second place Daniela Luna Rocha of Wyoming. She later went on to win the 500 yard race by 10 seconds, with a time of 5:03.07. She was also a part of the Bears 400 yard relay that finished third with a time of 3:41.77.

Last year’s WAC Freshman of the Year, Petra Kis started her sophomore season out strong by winning the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:09.77 and finished second in the 200 yard freestyle touching the wall at 1:55.93.

Two other Bears finished first in a pair of events in Maddy Moore and Marna Heymans. Moore won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle with times of 23.87 and 52.35, respectively. Heymans took the title in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke. She clocked in at 1:04.17 and 2:21.08 winning both races by at least three seconds.

On the diving platforms, Celeste Llona led the team with a second place finish in the 1 meter and Allyson Wood had the best finish in the 3 meters at fourth.

Ebeling’s Thoughts
“I’m excited about the way our girls stepped up tonight. Our goals coming into the meet were to race with passion and be the most spirited team on deck. We accomplished both of these and had a lot of fun. Wyoming is a very strong team and we fought hard all the way until the end of the meet. We have a great group of freshmen who are going to continue improving and I’m looking forward to an exciting year.”

What’s Ahead
It’s a quick turnaround for the swimming and diving team, as they return to the pool tomorrow at 4 pm with Colorado School of Mines comes to the Butler-Hancock Pool.

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