Denver Sweeps Colorado Mesa with 28 Swimming Race Wins

Denver vs. Colorado Mesa

  • Oct. 12, 2019
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Men: Denver def. Colorado Mesa 210-88; Women: Denver def. Colorado Mesa 202-77
  • Results

Courtesy: Denver Athletics

DENVER – The University of Denver men’s swimming and diving team defeated Colorado Mesa 210-88 to open its dual schedule on Saturday evening at El Pomar Natatorium.

2019 men’s NCAA qualifier Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.)  and junior Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) earned two individual wins and were a part of both of Denver’s relay victories on Saturday. Distance specialist Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) led the Pioneers with three individual event victories, reaching the wall first in the 1000 free, 200 fly and 500 free.

In all, eight different Pioneers earned individual event wins with Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas), Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.), Patrick Groters (Santa Cruz, Aruba), Graham Walker (Nairobi, Kenya) and David Mihalic (Ljubljana, Slovenia) earning top points in their events to lead Denver to a clean sweep of the 14 swimming races.

Saturday Evening’s Event Wins
Event 1 – 400 Medley Relay – Neil Wachtler, Cy Jager, Adriel Sanes, Cameron Auchinachie – 3:22.67
Event 2 – 1000 Free – Colin Gilbert – 9:39.73
Event 3 – 200 Free – Hugo Sykes – 1:42.00
Event 4 – 100 Back – Neil Wachtler – 51.26
Event 5 – 100 Breast – Adriel Sanes – 56.49
Event 6 – 200 Fly – Colin Gilbert – 1:52.76
Event 7 – 50 Free – Cameron Auchinachie – 20.36
Event 9 – 100 Free – Cameron Auchinachie – 45.16
Event 10 – 200 Back – Patrick Groters – 1:52.53
Event 11 – 200 Breast – Adriel Sanes – 2:02.58
Event 12 – 500 Free – Colin Gilbert – 4:42.74
Event 13 – 100 Fly – Graham Walker – 51.06
Event 15 – 200 IM – David Mihalic – 1:54.74
Event 16 – 200 Free Relay – Cameron Auchinachie, Hugo Sykes, Adriel Sanes, Jackson Gainer – 1:21.73

UP NEXT: Denver’s men will be back in action next Saturday against Air Force at 1 p.m. MT at El Pomar Natatorium. The meet will serve as the men’s Senior Day meet.

The University of Denver women’s swimming and diving program earned its second dual victory of the weekend, this time defeating Colorado Mesa 218-80 on Saturday evening at El Pomar Natatorium.

Denver’s women had 12 different swimmers earn event wins on Saturday, led by three wins from Natalie Arky (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.). In addition to Arky’s two individual victories, Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.), Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) and Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) earned a pair of individual event wins as well.

The Pioneers won 15 of the 16 events on Saturday, the 14 swimming races and the 3-meter dive, which was won by Sammy Walker (Los Gatos, Calif.).

Saturday Evening’s Event Wins
Event 1 – 400 Medley Relay – Natalie Arky, Brandi Vu, Josie Valette, Sarah Lingen – 3:48.57
Event 2 – 1000 Free – Andi Johnston – 10:37.86
Event 3 – 200 Free – Andi Johnston – 1:55.07
Event 4 – 100 Back – Natalie Arky – 57.54
Event 5 – 100 Breast – Charlotte Simon – 1:05.71
Event 6 – 200 Fly – Kylie Cronin – 2:04.31
Event 7 – 50 Free – Erika Remington – 24.29
Event 9 – 100 Free – Josie Valette – 52.51
Event 10 – 200 Back – Natalie Arky – 2:03.71
Event 11 – 200 Breast – McKayla Sanchez – 2:24.54
Event 12 – 500 Free – Sofia Nosack – 5:09.08
Event 13 – 100 Fly – Kylie Cronin – 55.02
Event 14 – 3-Meter Dive – Sammy Walker – 237.75
Event 15 – 200 IM – Charlotte Simon – 2:08.48
Event 16 – 200 Free Relay – Sarah Lingen, Aysia Leckie, Erika Remington, Josie Valette – 1:35.70

UP NEXT:. Next weekend, the Denver women head to Miami for the 2019 Dual-A-Pool-Ooza. The three-dual weekend will begin on Friday at 3 p.m. MT.

Courtesy: Colorado Mesa Athletics

DENVER— The Colorado Mesa University Mavericks won three of the four diving events to highlight their efforts in inter-divisional men’s and women’s swimming and diving duals at the University of Denver Pioneers on Saturday afternoon here at the El Pomar Natatorium.

On the men’s side, both senior Noah Macomber and junior Ammar Hassan won events and set NCAA Division II championship qualification marks.  Meanwhile, Brittany Dixon won the women’s 1-meter and took second on the 3-meter board after setting an NCAA qualifying mark during last week’s season-opening Intermountain Shootout.

However, those diving victories would not be enough to stop the defending Summit League and NCAA Division I Pioneers, who claimed a 202-77 women’s victory and a 210-88 men’s triumph.

Hassan made his season-debut and won the men’s 1-meter diving competition with 290.18 points on six dives to surpass the NCAA qualifying standard of 285 points.  Macomber was second in that event with 270.90 points while Chandler Livingston took third with 225.30.

Meanwhile, Macomber won the 3-meter with 322.20 points while Hassan was second with 316.05 as both easily surpassed the NCAA standard of 295.  Livingston also took third in that event with 287.25.

The Mavericks also went 1-2 on the women’s 1-meter board as Dixon took the event with 226.80 points to edge teammate Natalya Dahlke by three points.  In the 3-meter, Dixon scored 236.78 points, less than one shy of Denver’s Sammy Walker, who won the event with 237.75.  CMU’s Ali Lange place third with 235.43 points.

In the swimming events, the Mavericks managed 16 top-three finishes while Torsten Rau and Samantha White both turned in a pair of runner-up finishes to lead the Mavericks.

Rau placed second in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:45.29 and then came back to take second in the 200 backstroke at 1:52.63, just a tenth of a second slower than DU’s Patrick Groters.  Freshman Alex Bruce also took third for the Mavs in 1:56.31.

Meanwhile, White finished second in both breaststroke events finishing the 100 in 1:06.08 and the 200 in 2:25.03.

Elsewhere, Lane Austin took second in the men’s 100 back with a time of 51.81 while Sarah Fillerup finished second in the women’s 200 back at 2:08.95.

Pedro Terres Illescas also tallied a second place finish in the 100 butterfly at 51.21 after finishing third over the 200-yard distance with a time of 1:55.07.

Rau also finished third in the 500 free, touching in 4:45.83 while Mahmoud Elgayar placed third in the 100 breast after touching in 57.87 seconds.

Junior Noah Vallee, a transfer from Wayne State (Mich.) also placed third in the 50 free at 21.72.

The Mavericks will continue to face Division I opposition on Friday (Oct. 18) when they travel to Provo, Utah for an encounter with the BYU Cougars.

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