Cowgirl Swimming and Diving Welcomes New Mexico State for Friday Meet
From the Desk of Amy Dambro
LARAMIE – The Cowgirl swimming and diving team will host the New Mexico State Aggies on Friday. The meet will take place at Corbett Pool on the University of Wyoming campus. Diving will begin at 3:30 p.m. MT followed by swimming at 5 p.m. This is the second dual meet for both teams this year.
“We should have some good head to head races in most of the events,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “For the Cowgirls, this will be their second-time swimming in Corbett this season. After this meet UW Swimming and Diving will not be back in Laramie to compete until Nov. 15th.”
Last time out, the Cowgirls competed in the DU relays and placed second out of four teams, scoring 176 points. Denver scored 200 points to win the relays. Three Wyoming relay teams won its events on Saturday.
Katelyn Blattner, Daniela Luna-Rocha and Lainee Jones touched the wall in 8:55.24 to earn first place in the 3x300 freestyle relay. The team of Isobel Ryan, Sani Carsrud, Jones and Blattner won the 500-crescendo relay with a time of 4:34.46. In the last event of the competition, Samantha Burke, Jones, Carsrud and Ryan finished the 400 freestyle Relay in 3:29.41 to earn first place.
To go along with the strong performances in the DU relays, Jones was named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week. Jones swam on each team that one an event at the DU relays and she also swam on a team that earned second. In two of those race victories Jones swam the anchor leg to help close out the two events. Jones is the first UW swimmer to earn the honor since Maria Harutjunjan on Feb.3, 2017.
“On the women’s side, this young class is something special and I think their being guided by a really neat senior class and we will get another opportunity to see what the athletes are capable of.”
This past weekend, New Mexico State traveled to Liberty University, dropping its first dual of the season with a 185-117 loss. Last season, the Cowgirls claimed a victory over New Mexico State with a final score of 157-139.Highlighted by wins in the 400-medley relay, 1000 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breast stroke, 500 freestyle 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle.