DENVER-The University of Denver finished strong in the final day of the University of Iowa's Hawkeye Invitational Sunday afternoon as the women (632.5) completed a successful weekend with a second-place finish, while the men (436) swam to a fourth-place finish.
"This time of year it is great for us to be able to focus on swimming in a championship format," head coach Brian Schrader said. "It really helps our team come together and the rehearsal for conference and NCAA championships is critical."
The women were able to edge out the University of Iowa (629) and fourth-place finisher Washington State (337.5), while the men, who were led by sophomore Kyle Milberg's (Littleton, Colo.) Sun Belt Conference and school-record breaking performance in the 200 Backstroke, fell just short of eclipsing the University of Notre Dame (511) for third-place.
Another strong performance for freshman Samantha Corea (Victoria, British Columbia) pushed the women to their second-place finish. Fellow-freshman Drew Matthews (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Corea finished third and fifth, respectively in the 100 Freestyle.
The women also garnered 44 overall points in the women's 200 Backstroke A-final, led by junior Kirsten Milberg's (Littleton, Colo.) fourth-place finish, while teammateAlex Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) finished sixth. Junior Bailey Beins (Wichita, Kan.) also helped with her 14th-place finish in the B-final, earning Denver three points. Senior Jackie Leung finished sixth in the 1,650 Freestyle, gaining 13 crucial points for the women.
Milberg paced the men by winning the men's 200 Backstroke in a time of 1:44.57, earning the men 20 points, while freshman Willy Van Dehy (Boulder, Colo.) grabbed seven points from his 10th-place finish, coming in second overall in the B-final.
DU freshman Jeremiah Zgliczynski (Littleton, Colo.) along with seniors Tyler Pennington (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Clayton Myers (Arvada, Colo.) finished sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively, earning Denver the much-needed 34 points in the 1,650 men's Freestyle.
Freshman diver Ross Edfort (Somerset, N.J.) earned 13 points for the men and finished in sixth-place in the platform diving finals.
"We had some outstanding performances-not only some wins, but several lifetime and season bests," Schrader continued. "I was really happy with our focus in the preliminaries, and then again to be able to turn that around in the final sessions and go faster is always what you want to focus on and have happen."
Up next, the men and women's swimming and diving teams travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to take on Florida Atlantic on Dec. 17.