Cowboys get swim win in home finale

Leah Roesler

LARAMIE, Wyo.-(Jan. 25, 2013)-The University of Wyoming women's swimming team closed out the 2012-13 home season with a 130-69 victory over the New Mexico Lobos (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West), on Friday in Corbett Pool. The victory advances the Cowgirls record to 5-1 and 3-1 in MW duals. On the day they won 10 of 11 swimming events, with freshman Emily Ridout leading the way with two event victories in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle. The Cowgirls won the dual's first event the 400 medley relay jumping out to a 13-4 lead and never looked back.



"We dominated pretty well early today and swam faster than we did at Boise," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We wanted to see our seniors out on a good note and I think we did. We have talked all season about progressing week-to-week and this week we were a lot better than last."



Seven different Cowgirls won events in the dual with Ridout as the only multiple event winner. Ridout touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle (24.09) and 100 freestyle with a time of 52.89. In the 1000 freestyle, freshman Nicole Hlavacek touched the wall first with a time of 10:33.92. Senior Paige Fischer followed Hlavacek's victory with a win of her own in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.50. Junior Morgan Hartigan picked up her first victory of the night in the 200 individual medley winning with a time of 2:07.07. The following event, junior Leah Roesler took first in the 200 butterfly touching the wall in 2:08.64. In her best event, sophomore Jordan Denny won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:07.84. Following a Lobo victory in the 500 freestyle, junior Stephanie Young got the Cowgirls back in the win column taking first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:24.20.



The Cowgirls also took first in both the relays. In the 400 medley relay the "A" group of Denny, Hartigan, Claudia Carlson and Emily Stucky won with a time of 3:51.80. In the meet's final event, the 400 freestyle relay Cowgirls Hartigan, Stucky, Fischer and Ridout touched the wall in first with a time of 3:29.48.



In diving competition at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Cowgirls competed on the 1-meter springboard and the platform, while the Cowboys went on the 3-meter. Wyoming's highest finisher on the day was junior Derek Campbell who finished second on the 3-meter with a mark of 338.55. Behind Campbell on the 3-meter, were freshmen Garrett Kirk who finished 12th with a mark of 266.00 and Eric McMillin who finished 20th with a score of 240.60.



"Derek had a tough preliminary today, but he really battled back in the final to take second," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "Garrett did a phenomenal job today and I think he is really starting to buy into this program. As a team we are really at a turning point and we are slowly getting to where we need to be."



For the Cowgirls, junior Amanda Fay finished the highest on both the 1-meter and the platform. Fay finished the 1-meter in 12th with a mark of 254.65. She took 17th on the platform with a final score of 177.90. Senior Sasha Andrie was the Cowgirls next highest finisher taking 20th on the 1-meter (228.40) and 30th on the platform with a score of 157.30.



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