LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team dominated its senior day against Colorado State on Friday evening. The Cowgirls won 14 of the 16 events during the dual meet including the first seven en route to a 196-104 victory.
“This is a great senior class,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “They have done really well and guided us through today. I was really proud of the amount of work they put in this week. Like always, we find some small things to work on, but now that the blocks are setup we will be able to sharpen up a bit. It was a great swim today.”
To begin the meet, a team of Emily Stevens, Emily Ridout, Molly Coonce and Samantha Burke kicked off the night with a win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.91. Up next, senior Nicole Hlavacek took first place in the 1000 free with a time of 10:33.70.
Keara Chang followed with a time of 1:55.27 in the 200 free to take her first of two victories on the day. Chang also swam the best time in the 500 free with a mark of 5:10.11. Emily Stevens touched the pads first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.99, while the Cowgirls added significant points to their lead in the 100 breaststroke. Maria Harutjunjan won with a time of 1:05.24, while Emma Dow (1:05.61) and Susanna Schumann (1:06.36) came in second and third, respectively.
Kelly Sheldon continued the momentum with a first-place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:08.80). UW went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle. Emily Ridout posted a 23.35, which is the ninth fastest time in Cowgirl history. Danielle Badger came in second posting a 24.50.
Isobel Ryan won her only event in the 100 freestyle. She came away with a final mark of 53.11, while Abby Sullivan followed with another victory in the 200 backstroke (2:04.93). Emma Dow took home the 200 breaststroke title (5:10.11), as Coonce once again moved her name into the top-10 for the 100 butterfly. Coonce recorded a 56.05 in the 100 fly, the tenth-best time in Cowgirl history.
Wyoming closed out the meet with Emily Sticky taking the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.93, while a tandem of Burke, Sarae Dydo, Ryan and Ridout claimed first in the 200 free relay.
In diving, Kari Campbell finished second in both the 1 and 3-meter events. She posted a score of 277.35 on the 1-meter and a 273.53 for the 3-meter. Keely Bishop placed third in both events as well. Ryan took second in the 100 backstroke, while Kara Guenther came away with a second-place finish in the 500 free.
UW swim and dive competes next as the Pokes welcome Air Force on Thursday and both Northern Arizona and Air Force will compete against the Cowgirls on Friday.