Athletics & Recreation

DU swimming and diving dominates Wyoming

Amanda Sanders was named a Summit League swimmer of the week after her performance Saturday against Wyoming. Photo courtesy of DU Athletics

Amanda Sanders was named a Summit League swimmer of the week after her performance Saturday against Wyoming. Photo courtesy of DU Athletics

The University of Denver swimming and diving teams were victorious by 40-plus point margins over Wyoming Saturday at El Pomar Natatorium on campus, and three team members – swimmers Tanner Krall and Amanda Sanders and diver Ross Edfort – were named Summit League players of the week.

After falling to the Cowboys at the Denver Relays event in September 2013, the Denver men responded by defeating Wyoming 173.5–127 while the DU women won 173–126.5.

“It was a great day for our team,” says head swim coach Brian Schrader. “We have a great rivalry with Wyoming, and they’re always well coached and well prepared. It was great head-to-head racing.”

DU got off to a good start with both the men’s and women’s 400 medley relay teams breaking pool records. The women’s team of Johanna Roas, Sanders, Drew Matthews and Samantha Corea claimed first place with a time of 3:45.61. The time shattered the old pool record of 3:48.59 set in 2013. For the men, Kyle Milberg, Krall, Patrick Guillory and Kyle Robrock also came in first in 3:19.69. Their time broke the 2006 El Pomar pool record of 3:20.49.

Denver’s men were again led by Milberg and Dylan Bunch who posted three individual wins each. Milberg dominated the 100-meter backstroke, the 200-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly, while Bunch succeeded in the 200-meter freestyle, the 1,000-meter freestyle and the 500-meter freestyle.

Fellow Pioneers Luke Williams and Matt Absher joined Bunch as top finishers in the 1,000- and 500-meter freestyle. Williams claimed second in the 500-meter freestyle, and Absher took third in the 500-meter freestyle and second in the 1,000-meter freestyle.

Swimming to a pair of individual wins for the DU men was senior Krall, who came out on top in the 100- and 200-meter breaststoke. Andrew Torres and Robrock also garnered individual wins for Denver. Robrock got the top spot in the 50-meter freestyle, while Torres claimed first in the 200-meter butterfly. Torres’ time broke the El Pomar pool record of 1:49.74.

On the women’s side, Bridgette McNally, Corea and Sanders gathered three first-place finishes each. McNally won the 200-meter backstroke and the 400-meter IM; Cora won the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter butterfly; and Sanders won the 100-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter breaststroke.

Roas again posted two wins in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. Also winning individual events for Denver were Clara Jenck, Matthews and Morgan Mullenix. Jenck dominated in the 1,000-meter freestyle, while Matthews won the 200-meter freestyle and Mullenix won the 500-meter freestyle.

Right behind Jenck in the 1,000-meter freestyle were DU’s Nicole Cassou and Jaclyn Best.

Edfort and Dana Gau posted big scores in diving. Edfort claimed first in the 1-meter dive with 348 points and second in the 3-meter dive with 326.45. Gau placed third in both events with 273.25 points in the 1-meter and 250.15 in the 3-meter.

This weekend, Denver’s men travel to Las Vegas to face UNLV while the women head to Boise, Idaho, to compete with Boise State.


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