Cowgirls Swimming and Diving Open Border Week With at Colorado State

From the desk of Amy Dambro 

FT. COLLINS – The Cowgirl swimming and diving team opened the Border War week with its fourth dual win of the season, 168.5-131.5 over the Colorado State on Wednesday night. This victory was the Cowgirls fifth straight win over CSU.

The Cowgirls won 11 of the 16 events and recorded a tie for first in another. Junior Daniela Luna Rocha had a great night for the Cowgirls as she notched victories the 1000 freestyle with a season-best time of 10:21.50 and in the 500 freestyle where she finished with another season-best time of 5:02.84.

Wyoming was also boosted by a solid showing from senior Samantha Burke, who earned first place finishes in the 100 backstroke where she tied for first with CSU’s Toni Thomas touching the wall at 56.52, and the 200 IM, in hiwch she had a season best time of 2:07:47. Burke also finished second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:02.96.

“The meet went really well and there were a lot of close races,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “Standouts were Daniella (Luna Rocha) in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, Erin (Eccleston) who had a comeback in the 200 butterfly. Samantha (Burke) raced one of the best swimmers in the backstroke and ended up with a tie in the 100, second in the 200 backstroke and dominated in the 200 IM. In diving, CeeJay Harris and Peyton GrandPre both made zone cuts which is a big deal. The hard team earned a hard fought win which they are all proud of. Overall, it was a great day.”

In the diving events, the Cowgirls were led by the duo of CeeJay Harris and Peyton GrandPre. Harris took first place in both boards earning a score of 277.43 in the 1-meter event and a score of 299.55 in the 3-meter event. GrandPre wasw right behind Harris, taking third in the 1-meter event with a score of 247.80. She would move up one spot in the 3-meter event, taking second with a score of 284.40. Both would post zone qualifying standards in the 3-meter, while Harris would in the 1-meter

The Cowgirls will now have to refocus as they along with the Cowboys will take on the Denver Pioneers on Saturday afternoon. The meet is set to start at 12 p.m. MT. at the El Pomar Natatorium in Denver.