- October 13, 2017
- Denver, Colorado
- Meet Stats
- Denver 136, New Mexico 105
Courtesy of Denver Athletics
The University of Denver women’s swimming and diving team won five individual events and two relays en-route to their first dual meet victory of 2017-18, topping New Mexico on Friday afternoon at El Pomar Natatorium.
- Denver – 136
- New Mexico – 105
Senior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) led the way for the Pioneers with three event wins, recording a victory in the 100 butterfly (55.18), and relay wins in the 200 medley and the 400 free. Classmate Morgan McCormick (Golden, Colo.) added a victory in the 100 back (55.64) and teamed up with Bradley in the 200 medley. Junior Bailey Andison (Smiths Falls, Ontario) and freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario) also swam on the 200 medley relay that finished in 1:44.28, while Andison won the 100 breast and Leckie was a part of the 400 free relay to round out Denver’s multi-event winners on Friday.
Prior to the swimming events on Friday, sophomore Sammy Walker(Los Gatos, Calif.) earned an event win in her season opener, producing a 235.95 in the 1-meter dive. Walker was second in the 3-meter dive, turning in a 242.63.
Following the opening-relay win, Denver took nine of the 19 points in the 200 free with a 2-3-4 finish for senior Maddie Myers (Arvada, Colo. – 1:52.73), sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo. – 1:55.35) and sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo. – 1:56.92).
Freshman Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario) won Denver’s first individual event of the campaign, touching the wall first in the 400 IM. Vandenberg won the event by 3.16 seconds with a 4:31.23. Classmate Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) made it a 1-2 finish with her 4:34.39.
Sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass. – 57.29) and Andison (57.56) combined for five points in the 100 fly to add to Bradley’s victory for the Pioneers.
Denver’s freestyle swimmers finished 2-3-4 in the 100 free. Leckie touched second with a 52.62, junior Lauren Moden(Parker, Colo.) finished third in 52.98 and senior Morgan Wice-Roslin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned a fourth-place finish with a 53.01.
In the lone distance swim of the afternoon, Myers finished second, touching in 5:01.09 in the 500 free.
McCormick won the 100 back, and Denver earned 15 of the 19 points in the event as junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas), Simon and freshman Avery Stackle (Austin, Texas) all finished within a second of each other to sweep positions 2-5.
Andison and junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.) swam a competitive 100 breast, but Andison extended her lead in the final 25 yards to finish in 1:04.78.
To close out the meet, Denver won the 400 free relay as Moden, Bradley, Wice-Roslin and Leckie combined for a 3:29.57.
During the women’s meet on Friday, Denver’s men’s program took part in an intersquad before their first dual meet tomorrow at Wyoming. The event winners from the men’s meet are below.
1-Meter Dive: Alex Morgan – 249.90
3-Meter Dive: Turner Dobbs – 248.85
200 Freestyle: Colin Gilbert – 1:41.43
400 IM: Kyle Ewoldt – 4:07.37
50 Freestyle: Sid Farber – 20.09 – NCAA B Standard
100 Butterfly: Peter Webster – 51.05
100 Freestyle: Sid Farber – 44.72
500 Freestyle: Colin Gilbert – 4:39.72
100 Backstroke: Anton Loncar – 49.89
100 Breaststroke: Cy Jager – 58.64
Denver’s men’s and women’s programs will travel to Wyoming on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. in Laramie.
Courtesy of New Mexico Athletics
The University of New Mexico women’s swimming and diving team fell to the University of Denver on Friday in their season-opening dual meet, with a final score of 136 to 105.
Despite the loss, the Lobos had many strong finishes in the event including 16 top-three finishes, six of which were wins, in 13 events. Leading the way was junior Adriana Palomino, who had a hand in three of the Lobos’ wins on the day. Palomino won both the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.01) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.36) while also being a part of the teams that won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:34.70) and placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:30.67).
Freshman Matea Sumajstorcic had an impressive debut for UNM, finishing in third in two events, including the 400-yard individual medley (4:35.19) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.70). Sumajstorcic was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team with Palomino (2nd, 3:30.67).
The Lobos’ other standout performers were senior Madison Burns and junior Konoda Shinada, who had a combined six top-three finishes. Both swimmers were members of the second-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:44.99) and the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team along with Palomino and sophomore Talia Passarelli (1:34.70). Individually, Burns posted a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (23.63) and won the 100-yard freestyle (52.31), while Shinada finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (55.56) and won the 50-yard freestyle (23.57).
“Our goal was to go out and race hard,” head swimming coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker said. “We had a lot of people swimming their better events, but we also had some swimmers that were in events that they weren’t used to. We have a smaller team this year. Some people stepped up, specifically in relays. I’m very happy with those performances. I’m pleased with the effort and pleased with the racing.
“For our first meet, the execution was pretty good and it gives the coaching staff an idea of what to work on and what to improve on, especially since we get to race again tomorrow.
“In terms of individual highlights, Burns’ performances were great to see in her first meet of her senior year, and she gave one of the better relay performances today. Carol De Groote Tavares gave some clutch relay performances and she had one of her best in-season 100-yard back strokes. I’m also really excited about Palomino after seeing her progress through the summer, and it will exciting to see where she goes.”
The diving team also had strong performances with freshman Hannah Tiendasfinishing second (233.85) and junior Madeline Horner finishing third (232.58) in the one-meter dive, while sophomore Valencia McDonald finished third in the three-meter dive for a personal-best score of 242.40. The highlight of the day was from junior Allyson Concepcion, who won the three-meter dive (258.98).
“I was very pleased with the team today,” head diving coach Julie Weddle said. “They showed some really great attributes. I was really excited with Allyson’s performance, and all of the girls dove really well. I’m excited for what the year will bring.
“I also want to recognize freshman Hannah Tiendas for finishing second in the one-meter dive, and we’re looking forward to the competition tomorrow and getting in tower training after Air Force. We don’t have a tower at home, but we still have to compete on them, so it definitely takes extra courage to go out and compete on one.”
The swimming and diving team are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, October 14 at Air Force Academy starting at 10 a.m. For the live video feed, click here.