Swimming & Diving


Myers Wins Three Events and Denver Men Break Two Pool Records in Saturday Dual

Jan. 20, 2018

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DENVER – In her final meet at El Pomar Natatorium, senior Maddie Myers (Arvada, Colo.) won three events, including the 1000 free and the 200 free back-to-back, but it wasn’t enough as the University of Denver women’s swimming and diving team fell to Utah 151-149 on Saturday afternoon at El Pomar Natatorium.

Utah also defeated the Denver men 173.5-126.5, despite new El Pomar Natatorium records from sophomore Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) in the 50 free and redshirt-freshman Stephen Calkins (Calgary, Alberta) in the 200 free.

The Pioneers opened the swimming portion of the meet with an event win in the 200 medley relay. The quartet of senior Morgan McCormick (Golden, Colo.), junior Bailey Andison (Smiths Falls, Ontario), redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) and junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.) combined for a 1:42.25 in the event.

Denver’s women continued their early success in the first individual event of the afternoon as Myers posted a 10:12.09 in the 1000 free to take the top spot.

Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) was responsible for the first men’s event win of the day, as Gilbert and senior Alex Walton (Atlanta, Ga.) took the top two spots in the men’s 1000 free. Gilbert finished in 9:26.53, 12 seconds ahead of Walton who clocked in at 9:38.35. Sophomore Jesse Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) nearly made it a podium sweep in the distance race for the Pioneers, but came up 0.15 seconds short with a 9:40.34 to finish fourth.

Less than 15 minutes after her win in the 1000 free, Myers came from behind in the final 25 yards to take the women’s 200 free with a 1:50.94 to earn her second individual win of the afternoon. On the men’s side, Calkins broke his own El Pomar Natatorium record in the 200 free for the second time this year with a 1:38.58. Sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) took third in the event with a 1:41.54.

McCormick won her first of two backstroke events on Saturday in the 100 back, touching the wall in 54.87 to lead the Pioneers.

A couple of events later, sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.), Bradley and sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) took spots 2-4 in the women’s 200 fly on Saturday. Valette led the trio with a 2:05.65, followed closely behind Bradley’s 2:07.37 and Cronin’s 2:08.14.

In the freestyle sprints, Farber broke the school record in the 50 free previously held by assistant coach Kyle Robrock with a 19.88. In the women’s race that preceded it, Moden and senior Morgan Wice-Roslin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took 2-3 in the 50 free with times of 23.70 and 23.95, respectively.

After the break for diving, Farber got right back in the water to take the men’s 100 free with a time of 44.30, that after taking the tenth of a second for altitude adjusted time earned the sophomore another NCAA B Standard.

McCormick got the Denver women back in the win column in her final meet in these waters with a 2:00.26 in the women’s 200 back, her second of two NCAA B Standards on the day. That was followed up by senior Anton Loncar’s (Hillsboro, Ore.) victory in the same event after he put in a Senior Day performance of 1:46.58, also good for an NCAA B Standard.

The women didn’t win the 200 breast, but did take spots 2-4 against Utah on Saturday. Andison finished second in 2:19.98, freshman Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) finished third with a 2:22.35 and classmate Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario) clocked in at 2:24.39 to finish fourth.

Myers completed her individual day with a third victory of the afternoon, this time after turning in a 4:57.15 in the women’s 500 free. Junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas) also picked up points with a third-place finish in the distance race, timed at 5:03.48.

Gilbert completed his sweep of the men’s distance races with a 4:33.20 in the men’s 500 free. Walton chipped in a third-place finish after posting a 4:41.03.

Bradley took her first individual victory of the day to go along with her meet-opening relay win, standing atop the podium in the 100 fly with a 55.74. Valette took third in the tight race with a 56.61.

Freshman Zora Opalka (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and redshirt-senior Larissa Grammer (Olathe, Colo.) combined for seven of the 19 points in the women’s one-meter dive. Opalka turned in a 254.40 and Grammer scored 251.78. Sophomore men’s diver Alex Morgan (Dyer, Ind.) led Denver’s men in the one-meter with a 245.78.

Saturday’s NCAA Standards



Men’s 50 Free – Sid Farber – 19.88 – NCAA B Standard

Men’s 100 Free – Sid Farber – 44.20 (aa) – NCAA B Standard

Men’s 200 Free – Stephen Calkins – 1:37.38 (aa) – NCAA B Standard

Women’s 100 Back – Morgan McCormick – 54.77 (aa) – NCAA B Standard

Women’s 200 Back – Morgan McCormick – 1:59.06 (aa) – NCAA B Standard

Men’s 200 Back – Anton Loncar – 1:45.38 (aa) – NCAA B Standard

Saturday’s El Pomar Natatorium Records

Men’s 50 Free – Sid Farber – 19.88 (Kyle Robrock – 19.91 -2017)

Men’s 200 Free – Stephen Calkins – 1:38.58 (he previously held record of 1:38.81)

Saturday’s Event Winners

Women’s 200 Medley Relay – McCormick, Andison, Bradley, Moden – 1:42.25

Women’s 1000 Free – Maddie Myers – 10:12.09

Men’s 1000 Free – Colin Gilbert - 9:26.53

Women’s 200 Free – Maddie Myers – 1:50.94

Men’s 200 Free – Stephen Calkins – 1:38.58

Women’s 100 Back – Morgan McCormick -54.87

Men’s 50 Free – Sid Farber – 19.88

Men’s 100 Free –Sid Farber – 44.30

Women’s 200 Back – Morgan McCormick – 2:00.26

Men’s 200 Back –Anton Loncar – 1:46.58

Women’s 500 Free – Maddie Myers - 4:57.15

Men’s 500 Free – Colin Gilbert – 4:33.20

Women’s 100 Fly – Heidi Bradley – 55.74

Women’s 200 IM – Bailey Andison – 2:04.10


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