Utah Women, Denver Men Victorious In Split Dual

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January 19th, 2020 College

Utah vs Denver

  • January 18, 2020
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Results

Courtesy: Utah Athletics

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Swimming split a dual meet with Denver on Senior Day as the women rolled to a 160-102 result and the men faltered, 183-79.

Just like last night, the women’s team set the tone by starting the event with four-straight wins in individual events. Sara McClendon won the 1000 free in 10:15.24 and would later take the 500 free in 5:00.94.

“I am really proud of the women today,” head coach Joe Dykstra said. “They put things away pretty early. They were sharp, had great touch outs and finished their races. I am very proud of them and the seniors.”

After Kyla Yetter notched the top time in the 200 free, Audrey Reimer rolled in the 100 back. The sophomore was back in the pool to win the 200 back later in the day.

Charity Pittard was the top performer for Utah, winning the 100 breast (1:04.62), 200 breast (2:18.05) and 400 IM (4:29.89). Leyre Casarin was another winner of multiple events, capturing the 50 free (24.06) and 100 free (52.07). Reimer, Casarin, Maddie Woznick and senior Sarah Lott closed the afternoon with a win in the 400 free relay (3:27.06).

The men struggled against the Pioneers with only Ben Waterman winning the 100 fly in 49.38

Both teams are off for a couple of weeks before taking on BYU in their annual rivalry meet in Provo.


Luke McDivitt, the reigning Pac-12 Diver of the Month, turned in the outstanding performance on Saturday for the Utes. The freshman placed third in the finals of the platform event.

After winning the 3m yesterday, Tony Chen finished one spot out of qualifying for today’s finals, placing 13th.

On the women’s side, two competitors reached the finals of the 3m as Emma Ruchala finished 13th and Regan Caufield placed 16th.

“Luke bounced back really well today so I was happy to see him be able to put yesterday behind him and set a new personal best, moving into fourth all-time at Utah on platform,” diving coach Richard Marschner said. “Emma is really learning how to compete at these large meets as these are the best two days she has ever had at an invite. Regan making finals is a huge accomplishment for a freshman and her best event is coming up tomorrow on tower.”

Courtesy: Denver Athletics

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Denver men’s swimming program defeated nationally ranked Utah in a dual on Saturday afternoon, taking the road match-up 183-79. Denver’s women dropped the dual 160-102 before the two program’s return to the state of Colorado to take on Air Force next month.

Denver vs. Utah Dual Scores
Team Scores Through 28 of 28 Events
[-/21] Denver 183
[21/25] Utah 79

[-/45] Utah 160
[-/-] Denver 102

Denver opened Saturday’s meet with a similar start to Friday’s action at BYU, sweeping the two 200 medley relays. For the Denver women, Natalie Arky (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brandi Vu (Longmont, Colo.), Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) and Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) finished in 1:43.77, while Denver’s men’s quartet of Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.), Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) and Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) clocked in at 1:30.23.

In the first individual event of the morning, Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) won the 1000 free with a time of 9:35.57. Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.) led Denver in the women’s race with a second place finish in a time of 10:33.08.

Valette took second in the women’s 200 free with her time of 1:53.42. Auchinachie won the men’s race in 1:40.63, finishing just ahead of Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) who took second with a 1:41.56.

Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas) was the next Pioneer to reach the wall first, taking the 100 back after his 48.83.

Denver’s women’s took the second and third spots in the 100 breast on Saturday afternoon, as Vu and Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) finished with times of 1:04.87 and 1:05.12.

Sanes led a Denver trio that swept the podium in the 100 breast. The event winner finished in 56.40, followed by Anthony Nosack’s (Beaverton, Ore.) 57.15 and Jager’s 57.40.

Cronin got the Denver women back in the win column with a victory in the 200 fly, taking the race in 2:03.96.
In one of his three event wins of the afternoon, Gilbert completed a Pioneer sweep of the 200 fly with his 1:52.04.

In the back and forth between Auchinachie and Farber this season, it was Farber’s turn to win the 50 free, clocking in at 19.90, followed by Jackson Gainer’s (San Jose, Calif.) 20.84 that was good for second place.

Auchinachie did finish first in the 100 free, reaching the wall in 44.42 for his seventh win in the event this season.

Sofia Nosack (Beaverton, Ore.) led Denver’s women in the 200 back with a second place finish in a time of 2:04.07. Wachtler won the event for the men to continue to pad the Pioneers lead in the dual after being timed at 1:48.77.

Simon led a trio of Pioneers that took the 2-4 places in the 200 breast. The Denver junior clocked in at 2:19.37, followed by a 2:24.16 from Ally Yancy (Cave Creek, Ariz.) and a 2:25.18 from Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario).

Sanes once again led a trio of Pioneers that included Anthony Nosack and Blayze Jessen (Denver, Colo.) to a sweep of the podium in the men’s 200 breast. A 2:01.23 won the event for Sanes, 2:06.53 from Nosack earned second and Jessen reached the wall in 2:08.02.

Gilbert completed his distance free sweep with a 4:38.75, while Johnston once again finished second in the event for the Denver women with her 5:09.21.

Valette and Cronin provided a 1-2 punch in the 100 fly with times of 55.52 and 55.78, respectively.

David Mihalic (Ljubljana, Slovenia) completed the Pioneers individual events of the afternoon with a 4:06.42 in the 400 IM.

In the final relay and final event of the road trip, Denver’s men captured the 400 free relay as Farber, Sanes, Sykes and Auchinachie combined for a time of 2:59.84 to win the program’s fourth 400 free relay this season.

Diving completed at BYU on Saturday to complete the Pioneers sweep in that dual that started yesterday.

Denver vs. BYU Dual Scores
Team Scores Through 32 of 32 Events
Denver 159.5
BYU 139.5

Denver 167
BYU 132

Saturday Afternoon’s Event Wins
Women’s 200 Medley Relay – Natalie ArkyBrandi VuKylie CroninJosie Valette – 1:43.77
Men’s 200 Medley Relay – Cameron AuchinachieCy JagerAdriel SanesSid Farber – 1:30.23
Men’s 1000 Free – Colin Gilbert – 9:35.57
Men’s 200 Free – Cameron Auchinachie – 1:40.63
Men’s 100 Back – Neil Wachtler – 48.83
Men’s 100 Breast – Adriel Sanes – 56.40
Women’s 200 Fly – Kylie Cronin – 2:03.96
Men’s 200 Fly – Colin Gilbert – 1:52.04
Men’s 50 Free – Sid Farber – 19.90
Men’s 100 Free – Cameron Auchinachie – 44.42
Men’s 200 Back – Neil Wachtler – 1:48.77
Men’s 200 Breast – Adriel Sanes – 2:01.23
Men’s 500 Free – Colin Gilbert – 4:36.17
Women’s 100 Fly – Kylie Cronin – 55.52
Men’s 400 IM – David Mihalic – 4:06.42
Men’s 400 Free Relay – Sid FarberAdriel SanesHugo SykesCameron Auchinachie – 2:59.84

NCAA Standards
Sid Farber – 50 Free – 19.90

UP NEXT: Denver will be back in action on February 1st when the Pioneers head down I-25 to take on Air Force.

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