Denver Starts Record Breaking Night with A-Cut in 200 Free Relay
Pioneers' men's and women's swimmers extend streak to 14 event wins in 14 races at the 2017 Championships
Feb. 16, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Denver men’s and women’s swimming programs swept the swimming events for the second-consecutive night at the 2017 Summit League Championships Thursday at IUPUI Natatorium. DU’s men set new school records in the 200 free relay, the 200 IM, the 50 free and in a time trail, broke the school record in the 200 medley relay. The Pioneers’ women’s program set league championship records in the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free, with the latter also breaking the all-time Summit League record.
Denver's men's 200 free relay swam the 10th-fastest time in the country this year, earned an NCAA A Standard and set a new University of Denver and Summit League record in the event as freshman Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.), redshirt-senior Kyle Robrock (Savage, Minn.), junior Anton Loncar (Hillsboro, Ore.) and senior Tim Cottam (Sydney, Australia) combined for a time of 1:17.62 in the second final of the evening.
DU's women opened up the night's festivities with a win of their own in the 200 free relay when junior Morgan Wice-Roslin (Colorado Springs, Colo.), sophomore Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.), junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) and junior Morgan McCormick (Golden, Colo.) out-touched their opponents in 1:31.20.
Freshman Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) continued to impress in his first-ever collegiate league championship with a time of 4:15.73 in the prelims of the 500 free this morning, the 14th fastest time in the country entering the week and an NCAA B Standard. Gilbert went on to win the finals later in the evening with a time of 4:16.03. Senior Scott Bergstrom (White Salmon, Wash.) also earned an NCAA B Standard in the event, clocking in at 4:21.20. Senior Luke Williams (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and freshman Warren Sexson (Mahtomedi, Minn.) completed a top-four sweep for the Pioneers in the event.
Denver took the top two and five of the top seven spots in the women's 500 free. Junior Maddie Myers (Arvada, Colo.) won her fourth 500 free of the campaign (4:44.12/B) to take the league championship record, while sophomore Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas) also reached the podium with her second place finish (4:48.46).
Staying on the women's side, the Pioneers took the top four spots of the 100 fly. Bradley earned her fifth victory in the event this season with a time of 53.41. Freshman Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) touched second in 54.38, McCormick finished third in 54.42 and freshman Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) wrapped-up the top four with a time of 54.97.
Redshirt-senior Andrew Torres (Arvada, Colo.) continued Denver's event win streak with his second win this season in the 100 fly. Torres touched in an NCAA-B standard 47.58.
Sophomore Bailey Andison (Smiths Falls, Ontario) broke her own Summit League Championships record on Thursday night with a time of 1:56.26 in the 200 IM, the only NCAA B standard recorded in the event. Andison's fourth win in the event this year also tied her for the 16th-fastest time in the country based on times entering the week. Senior Amanda Sanders (Superior, Colo.) touched second in the final with a time of 2:01.60.
Cottam inked his name in the DU record book for the second time Thursday with a 1:46.95 in the 200 IM, 0.03 seconds ahead of Garth Summers' previous record set in 2011. Fellow senior Ben Severino (Des Moines, Iowa) also earned an NCAA B Standard in the event Thursday with a second place finish (1:48.71). Freshman Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas) and senior Travis Greenwald (Wilton, Iowa) gave Denver four swimmers in the top five with times of 1:49.36 (fourth) and 1:49.63 (fifth), respectively.
Senior Johanna Roas (Munich, Germany) won her second 50 free of the season at the 2017 Championships, leading a sweep of the podium on Thursday for the Pioneers. Roas touched in an NCAA B Standard and league-record 22.67, while Wice-Roslin (23.18) and Moden (23.27) finished just behind the senior.
Denver's third school record of the night came from Robrock's 19.52 performance in the men's 50 free, besting a school record he owned by 0.01 seconds. Farber was 0.01 seconds on the other side of the school record to finish second in the race, earning himself an NCAA B Standard with a 19.54. Based on national times entering the week, Robrock recorded the 19th-fastest time, while Farber's was good for 24th.
Thursday's portion of the meet ended with the men's 1-meter dive. Sophomore Ryan Reed (Springdale, Ark.) was the lone Pioneer in the finals, finishing in fourth with a score of 257.45.
In the 200 medley relay time trail the Pioneers swam on Thursday, Denver broke the school record as the quartet of Loncar, Cottam, Robrock and Farber swam the event in 1:25.88, snapping the previous record by over a second.
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