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Denver Sweeps Colorado Mesa to Open Senior Weekend

Jan. 19, 2018

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DENVER - The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving programs combined to win 22 of the 26 events, including all 13 events in a pair of victories over Colorado Mesa on Friday evening at El Pomar Natatorium. The Pioneers will have a quick turnaround as they host Utah Saturday at 12 p.m. (diving begins at 11 a.m.) to close out their senior weekend.

Men's Scores (CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com)

[RV/23[ Denver - 150.5

[19D2/12] Colorado Mesa - 92.5 

Women's Scores

[-/26] Denver - 155

[18D2/14] Colorado Mesa - 84 

In the next event, Valette grabbed her first win of the day in the 100 fly, clocking in at 57.17. On the men's side, Ben Ussery (Austin, Texas) led the Pioneers in the event on Senior Weekend with a second place finish in 51.65.

The Pioneers earned a pair of podium sweeps in the 100 free. In the women's race, Leckie led Denver with a 52.47, Lingen finished second with a 53.15 and junior Bailey Andison (Smiths Falls, Ontario) touched third in 53.21. Sophomore Peter Webster (Odense, Denmark) won the freestyle race with a 46.70, Loncar touched second in 47.20 and freshman Emmett Wayte (Seattle, Wash.) reached the wall in third in 47.66.

Redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) got her name in the win column in the 100 back with a 57.62. Tullier finished second in the event in 58.48. Calkins picked up his second victory of the night for the men, this time in the backstroke, as the redshirt freshman clocked in at 49.70. Freshman Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.) reached the wall in second with a 51.97.

In the final distance race of the evening, Myers picked up her second win of the meet, this one coming in the 500 free, as the senior turned in a time of 5:05.11. Johnston reached the wall in 5:10.94 to finish second. Denver's men took the top four spots in the distance race. Gilbert led the pack with a 4:37.40, Ewoldt finished second in 4:40.81, Walton touched third clocking in at 4:47.32 and Haraden finished fourth with a 4:48.46.

Junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.) claimed the final individual event victory of the evening by taking the top spot in the 100 breast in a time of 1:04.33.

Friday's relays bookended the meet against Colorado Mesa. The Pioneers shook-up their relays to challenge their swimmers to improve individually on Friday. In the women's 200 medley, Bradley, sophomore Taylor Stoll (Hartland, Wis.), Andison and Lingen claimed the top spot with a 1:46.57. On the men's side, Panzera, freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), freshman Andrew Brown (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Gainer won the race with a 1:34.36.

The 200 free relay closed out the meet on Friday. Tullier, Bradley, Andison and junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.) combined for a 1:35.83 to win the women's race, while the quartet of sophomore Robin Kuebler (Centennial, Colo.), Calkins, Gainer and Sykes won the men's race in 1:23.27. 

Saturday's Event Winners

Women's 3-Meter Dive - Larissa Grammer - 247.80

Women's 1-Meter Dive - Sammy Walker - 255.00

Women's 200 Medley Relay - Bradley, Stoll, Andison, Lingen - 1:46.57

Men's 200 Medley Relay - Panzera, Jager, Brown, Gainer - 1:34.36

Women's 1000 Free - Annelyse Tullier - 10:23.31

Men's 1000 Free - Jesse Haraden - 9:50.31

Women's 200 Free - Maddie Myers - 1:53.46

Men's 200 Free - Colin Gilbert - 1:41.19

Women's 50 Free - Morgan McCormick - 24.01

Men's 50 Free - Stephen Calkins - 20.51

Women's 400 IM - Emily Vandenberg - 4:35.57

Men's 400 IM - Trent Panzera - 4:08.10

Women's 100 Fly - Josie Valette - 57.17

Women's 100 Free - Aysia Leckie - 52.47

Men's 100 Free - Peter Webster - 46.70

Women's 100 Back - Heidi Bradley - 57.62

Men's 100 Back - Stephen Calkins - 49.70

Women's 500 Free - Maddie Myers - 5:05.11

Men's 500 Free - Colin Gilbert - 4:37.40

Women's 100 Breast - Courtney Laird - 1:04.33

Women's 200 Free Relay - Tullier, Bradley, Andison, Moden - 1:35.83

Men's 200 Free Relay - Kuebler, Calkins, Gainer, Sykes - 1:23.27 

UP NEXT: Denver welcomes Utah on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Pioneers' will honor their senior class before the meet against Utah on Saturday.  

ALUMNI GIVING CHALLENGE

The University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge for the 2017-2018 season in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Alumni can make a gift onlineby calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:

Athletics Development Office

Attn: Kaley Rickert

2201 E. Asbury Avenue 

Denver, CO 80208  

Fans interested in making a donation to the women's swimming and diving program can do so by clicking here. To make a donation to the men's swimming and diving program, click here. Your contribution will make a direct impact on the success of YOUR Pioneers. Thank you in advance for your unwavering support of our student-athletes and their quest for excellence.    

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