Cowgirls Swimming and Diving Opens Border War Wednesday on the Road
LARAMIE – Wyoming women’s swimming and diving will clash with Mountain West rival Colorado State on Wednesday in Fort Collins before both the men’s and women’s squads will head to Denver on Saturday to take on the University of Denver. Wednesday’s dual is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Moby Pool, while Saturday will take place at the El Pomar Natatorium beginning at 12 p.m.
“Our ladies have a big challenge because they are facing both CSU and Denver this week” head coach Dave Denniston said. “The set of meets will serve as another strong challenge for the Cowgirls who have gotten off to a strong start winning their first three duals of the season. Along with the three duals, they placed second out four teams at the DU Relays finish behind the host school Denver.
Last season, the Cowgirls earned a 166-132 win over the Rams to mark their fourth straight victory over CSU. Colorado State enters the week with a 1-2 dual record as it opened the season at the Intermountain Shootout having duals against Colorado-Mesa and BYU. The Rams earned a victory over the Mavericks but lost to the Cougars. CSU dropped a 168-132 contest against the Pioneers.
On Saturday, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will both be in action against Denver University. Last season, the men had a solid showing against the Pioneers but came up short losing 168-138. The meet between the Cowboys and Pioneers this year will not only be a rematch but will also be a matchup between the WAC and Summit League champions from a year ago.
“I know our guys are taking a lot of pride in this meet. They are hungry and want to continue to win at a conference and national level,” Denniston added. “This will be a good test for them. Last season, the women’s team earned a thrilling victory over DU last season beating them by just one point 150.5-149.5. You never know it could come down to one point again. We have so many young athletes on the team and we are still figuring out who’s going to get up and race which events and that a fun part of the process.”
The Denver women got its first dual victory of the season against CSU. They are also set to compete on Oct. 19-20 at the Dual-A-Pool-Ooza where they will face FIU, Rice and Tulane in dual action. On the men’s side, Denver opened up their season at the DU Relays where they took first place finishing 32 points ahead of the Wyoming men’s squad. Denver’s men’s team will take on Air Force on Oct. 25 two days before facing off against the Cowboys.
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