What Are the Odds? A Mid-Season Invite Miracle for University of Wyoming


  • Wednesday-Friday, November 20th-22nd
  • Mizzou Aquatic Center, Columbia, MO
  • Short Course Yards
  • Live Results Link

Courtesy: Kristin Walker

The Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls have had a good meet through 2 days at the 2019 Mizzou Invitational in Columbia, Missouri. That includes a new School Record in the 100 fly for Brayden Love of the men’s team, swimming a 47.20, and another for Katelyn Blattner of the women’s team, who swam 4:46.99 in the 500 free.

Those swims are among almost universal best times for Dave Denniston‘s team through 2 days.

But those things have happened before, and they might happen again.

That’s unlike the synchronization that two Wyoming teammates found on Thursday, which might not ever be seen again in a pool.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Sophomores Phoebe Browne and Andrea Niemann are roommates, training partners, and best friends.
  • Both swimmers are primarily breaststrokers.
  • Both swimmers tied in prelims of the 100 yard breaststroke on Thursday with matching lifetime bests of 1:04.41
  • Both swimmers tied again in finals with matching lifetime bests of…1:04.41.

What does it all mean? Is Wyoming using USRPT to its fullest potential? Are the best friends and roommates secretly long-lost twins who are using their twin powers? Is Mercury in retrograde? (No seriously, is Mercury in retrograde?) Touchpad malfunctions? Are the Ukrainians involved somehow?

I don’t know what it all means, but in all of the meets in all of the world, this is probably a level of order and synchronization that we might not ever see again in swimming. So have a giggle and a “huh, well how about that” with your coffee this morning, and try to recover for what should be another wild day of collegiate invite action.

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3 years ago

Awesome! Reminds me of when in 2012 a pair of 11-12 twin boys tied in the 100m backstroke at TAGS, broke the meet record, then went on to tie for high point.

3 years ago

Stanford Cal meet couple years ago same two swimmers tied for the win in the 100 and 200 breast

Reply to  Taa
3 years ago

Yep. Marina García and Kim Williams tied for first in both breaststrokes in the 2017 Cal v. Stanford dual meet

3 years ago

The Bidens are wrapped up in this somehow, for sure.

Stan Crump
Reply to  Sven
3 years ago

Or aliens. Seriously, that is pretty cool.

Reply to  Stan Crump
3 years ago

Pretty sure it’s actually the Illuminati

3 years ago

Wyoming is really coming into their stride with Dave. The team is really training hard, are a close group of swimmers, and really support each other.

So happy for this Team. This is a great program and they are moving up. Keep up the great work Cowboys and Cowgirls !!!

Go Pokes !!!

Reply to  WYMom
3 years ago

Great to see. What kind of pool does WY have?

Dave D
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

This is actually the high school pool pictured. Our pool is 6 lane 25m by 6 lane 25y. We train scm meters most of the year. Working on upgrading! 🤞🏼

NM Coach
Reply to  Dave D
3 years ago

We had the WAC Championships hosted at Corbett pool in 1984! Having 7 teams on that pool deck was CRAZY…some of those winning times from 1984 ARE STILL POOL RECORDS!!!!! One thing I couldn’t get used to…the stands for spectators are BEHIND the glass! Great memories for sure!

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