Denver Men and Women Open Season With Wins at Relay Meet

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October 10th, 2016 College

Meet Facts

  • Meet Results
  • Hosted by Denver
  • October 8th, 2016
  • 25 yards
  • Women: University of Denver 316, University of Wyoming 278
  • University of Denver 322, University of Wyoming 268, University of Northern Colorado 158

Denver Press Release

DENVER The University of Denver men’s and women’s swimming programs opened the 2016-17 campaign with wins in the 2016 Denver Relays on Saturday at El Pomar Natatorium.

Denver’s women scored 322 points in the event to claim the victory, over Wyoming (268) and Northern Colorado (158). The Pioneers’ men tallied 316 points on Saturday afternoon to defeat Wyoming’s men’s program (278).

DU won 19 of the 23 events in its home opener, nine each for the men and the women, in addition to Denver’s 200 Yard Mixed Medley Relay victory in the 23rd and final event of the day.

“I thought that both teams swam very well this afternoon,” head coach Brian Schrader said. “It’s always nice to get in the pool for the first event of the year, and I thought we saw some very great performances out there today. We also saw a few things that we can work on as a group, but this meet provides a great bench mark for where we are at, and now it’s about getting back in the pool during the week and working on those things.”

On the day, 22 women’s swimmers saw action, while 29 swimmers swam for the men’s team.

Sophomore Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.) and senior Johanna Roas (Munich, German) led Denver in event wins on Saturday, each playing their part on six winning teams, on eighth and seven appearances, respectively. Freshman Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore All-American Bailey Andison (Smith Falls, Ontario) each won five of their six races at El Pomar this afternoon.

Junior Anton Loncar (Hillsboro, Ore) led the men’s team with six wins in six appearances, followed closely by five wins in five from classmate Ray Bornman (Mackay Queensland), senior Tim Cottam(Sydney, Australia/six appearances) and redshirt senior Kyle Robrock (Savage, Minn./seven appearances). 

Denver’s women head to Houston next week for a two-day meet at Rice, while the men host an intersquad Saturday at 12 p.m. MT at El Pomar.

University of Wyoming Press Release

DENVER, Colo. – Wyoming men’s and women’s swimming each placed second at the DU Relays on Saturday afternoon in Denver, Colo.

The UW women finished with 268 points, behind Denver with 322 points and ahead of Northern Colorado with 158 points. The UW men ended the day with 278 points, behind first-place DU with 316 points. Each UW squad recorded two relay victories.

“It started out a bit rough in the first couple races, but we got things going with the 3×500 relays,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “I was really proud of the way they raced in those events, both the men and the women. We just couldn’t win enough events today. It seemed like every event that was close, we ended up on the wrong end of it. Maria [Harutjunjan] and Daniela [Luna Rocha] swam really well today and I thought Gabe [Rooker] had a great performance in the breaststroke relay.”

The men placed first in the 3×500 freestyle relay with team comprised of Ryan Ball, Seth Borgert and Eric Oleson, finishing in 14:04.31. The women’s 3×500 freestyle relay team, comprised of Kelly Sheldon, Daniela Luna Rocha and Tati Iturbe, earned the victory with a time of 15:23.51. The UW men also claimed first in the 4×100 IM Relay (Wade Nelson, Kyle White, Ball and Dylan Sether) with a time of 3:29.61. The UW women notched their second first-place finish of the day in the 4×25 Medley Relay (Emily Stevens, Maria Harutjunjan,Samantha Burke and Danielle Badger) with a time of 48.31.

Wyoming women’s swimming and diving will compete in its first dual of the 2016-17 season against New Mexico on Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. MT.

University of Northern Colorado

Denver, Colo – Northern Colorado, Wyoming and the University of Denver met Saturday afternoon for the annual Denver Relays. In a meet designed to ease teams into the season, the Bears finished in third place with a total of 158 points.

The Breakdown
The afternoon kicked off with one of the more conventional relays in swimming, the 200 yard medley. UNC’s team of Valeria Mihhailova, Leilani Herrera, Laura Ramirez andKarlie O’Connell narrowly edged out their teammates Brianna Salanitro, Courtney Chrzas, Kim Kuni and Jessica Sanford for sixth place in the heat.

Then, the relays consisted of every possible combination one could think of.

The Pioneers threw in 3×500 relays, 3×100, 4×25, 4×100, 500 crescendo and even a mixed boys and girls relay.

Northern Colorado competed in each women’s relay as well as a couple of mixed races, teaming up unofficially with other schools. More importantly, first year head coach Lisa Ebeling was able to get good looks at her new squad, including some of the eight freshmen debuting as Bears this season.

Best Performance
UNC’s best individual relay finished came in the 3×100 yard backstroke. A team comprised of Valeria Mihhailova, Brianna Salanitro and Sydney Kimura finished in fifth place with a time of 3:03.60.

In Their Words
Lisa Ebeling, Head Coach
“Im really proud of the way our girls came together as a team and put their hearts into some tough racing today. We have great momentum to build on going forward as we continue to work on the technical aspects of our races.”

UP NEXT
Northern Colorado Swimming and Diving will head off to Grand Forks, North Dakota, for a meet against both the Fighting Hawks and the South Dakota Coyotes on October 14-15.

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