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Denver's Men and Women Earn Fifth-Straight Summit League Titles

Feb. 17, 2018

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving programs both captured their fifth-straight Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday night at the Midco Aquatic Center.

Awards


 

 

Men

Swimming Championship MVP – Colin Gilbert, Denver

Newcomer of the Championship – Stephen Calkins, Denver

Swimming Coach of the Year – Brian Schrader, Denver

Diving Coach of the Year – Ben Grado, Denver

Women

Swimming Championship MVP – Maddie Myers, Denver

Diving Championship MVP – Sammy Walker, Denver

Newcomer of the Championship – Charlotte Simon, Denver

Denver won every swimming event at the Summit League Championships for the second-consecutive year, extending the current streak to 78-consecutive event wins, dating back to the final day of the 2016 Championships.

In a time trial of the 200 medley relay on Saturday, sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas), freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), freshman Stephen Calkins (Calgary, Alberta) and sophomore Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) combined to break the school record in the 200 medley with a 1:25.73, besting the previous school record set earlier this year by 0.15 seconds.

Freshman Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) set a new Denver record in the men's 200 breast with a 1:56.24 and sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) broke her own school record set earlier this season in the women's 200 fly, clocking in at 1:57.91.

Denver's men set six additional Summit League Championship records on Saturday, including two more from Jager, breaking the men's 100 IM both in the prelims (50.22) and the finals (49.78). Calkins snapped the Summit League record in the men's 100 free prelims (43.07) before Sid Farber re-broke the 100 free record in the finals on Saturday night (42.78). Senior Anton Loncar (Hillsboro, Ore.) broke the men's 200 back record in 1:41.15. To cap off the meet, DU's men's 400 free relay set the Summit League record as the quartet of Calkins, freshman Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.), sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) and Wachtler turned in a 2:54.61.

Sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) opened the swimming portion of the finals on Saturday with a victory in the women's 100 IM as Denver's lone swimmer. Cronin finished the race in 56.29.

Jager was the lone men's swimmer to compete for the Pioneers in the 100 IM, finishing ahead of the field with his second Summit League Championship record of the day in the event with a 49.78.

In Denver's first full lineup of the day, senior Maddie Myers (Arvada, Colo.) led a trio of Pioneers that finished in the top four in the women's 1650 free, earning a 16:24.61. Sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.) clocked in at 16;49.99 to finish second and senior Karly Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) finished fourth with a 17:03.43.

Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.), senior Alex Walton (Boulder, Colo.) and sophomore Jesse Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) swept the podium in the men's mile race. Gilbert won by a little less than 12 seconds with a 15:13.22, followed up behind Walton's 15:25.05 and Haraden's 15:37.18.

Senior Morgan McCormick (Golden, Colo.) was the only Pioneer to swim in the finals of the 200 back on Saturday, taking her spot atop the podium with a 1:53.11.

Denver's men picked up another podium sweet in the men's 200 back. Loncar continued his dominance in the event with a 1:41.15. Wachtler was just behind Loncar in second with a 1:45.84 and senior Jared Smith (Boulder City, Nev.) finished third with a 1:46.58.

The Pioneers took five of the top six spots in the women's 100 free on Saturday night. Senior Morgan Wice-Roslin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took the victory with a 49.12. Junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.) clocked in at 49.63 and freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario) rounded out the podium with a 50.11. Junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore Sarah Lingen (Maple Grove, Minn.) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with a 50.67 and a 50.71.

On the men's side, Denver swept the top five spots in the men's 100 free. Farber set Denver's fifth Summit League Championship record of the night with a 42.78. Redshirt Calkins and Auchinachie also turned in NCAA B Standard times with 43.23 and 43.44, respectively. Sykes touched fourth with a 44.59 and senior Ray Bornman (Mackay, Queensland) went on to finish fifth with a 44.71.

The Pioneers continued to sweep podiums by taking four of the top five spots in the women's 200 breast. Freshman Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) clocked in at an NCAA B Standard time of 2:15.17 to stand atop the podium on Saturday night. Freshman Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario) finished second with a 2:15.88 (also an NCAA B Standard), junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.) reached the wall in third at 2:18.08 and freshman Ally Yancy (Cave Creek, Ariz.) finished fifth with a 2:18.58.

Sanes broke the men's school record in the men's 200 breast by over a second (Tim Cottam - 1:57.26 - 2015) with a 1:56.24 to win the race by over four seconds. Classmate Anthony Nosack (Beaverton, Ore.) took fourth with a 2:01.54 and after already breaking two Summit League Championship records on Saturday, Jager finished seventh with a 2:04.43.

Valette cleared her own school record in the women's 200 fly on Saturday, turning in a 1:57.91 to take first place. Cronin and redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) were second and third, respectively, timing in at 1:59.24 and 1:59.68.

Junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) won the men's 200 fly with an NCAA B Standard time of 1:47.88. Freshman Trent Panzera (Gauteng, South Africa), who was the only other Pioneer in the final finished second with a 1:49.93.

In diving on Saturday, sophomore Sammy Walker (Los Gatos, Calif.) finished third in the 3-meter with a 252.45 and freshman Zora Opalka (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) carded a 234.40 to finish sixth.

Prior to the men setting the 400 free relay record, Wice-Roslin, McCormick, Moden and Leckie combined for a 3:19.87.

Saturday's Event Wins

Women's 100 IM - Kylie Cronin -56.29

Men's 100 IM - Cy Jager - 49.78

Women's 1650 Free - Maddie Myers - 16:24.61

Men's 1650 Free -Colin Gilbert - 15:13.22

Women's 200 Back - Morgan McCormick - 1:53.11

Men's 200 Back - Anton Loncar - 1:41.15

Women's 100 Free - Morgan Wice-Roslin - 49.12

Men's 100 Free - Sid Farber - 42.78

Women's 200 Breast - Charlotte Simon - 2:15.17

Men's 200 Breast - Adriel Sanes - 1:56.24

Women's 200 Fly - Josie Valette - 1:57.91

Men's 200 Fly - Kyle Ewoldt - 1:47.88

Women's 400 Free Relay - Wice-Roslin, McCormick, Moden, Leckie - 3:19.87

Men's 400 Free Relay - Calkins, Auchinachie, Sykes, Wachtler - 2:54.61 

Saturday's NCAA Standards

Women's 200 Back - Morgan McCormick - 1:54.23 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 200 Back - Anton Loncar - 1:44.12 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 100 Free -Lauren Moden - 49.78 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 100 Free - Morgan Wice-Roslin - 49.86 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 100 Free -Stephen Calkins - 43.07 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 100 Free - Cameron Auchinachie - 43.56 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 100 Free -Sid Farber - 43.56 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 200 Breast - Charlotte Simon - 2:15.78 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 200 Breast - Adriel Sanes - 1:59.21 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 1650 Free - Maddie Myers - 16:24.61 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 1650 Free -Colin Gilbert - 15:13.22 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 1650 Free - Alex Walton - 15:25.05 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 200 Back - Morgan McCormick - 1:53.11 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 200 Back - Anton Loncar - 1:41.15 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 200 Back - Neil Wachtler - 1:45.84 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 100 Free - Morgan Wice-Roslin - 49.12 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 100 Free - Lauren Moden - 49.63 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 100 Free - Sid Farber - 42.78 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 100 Free - Stephen Calkins - 43.23 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 100 Free - Cameron Auchinachie - 43.44 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 200 Breast - Charlotte Simon - 2:15.17 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 200 Breast - Emily Vandenberg - 2:15.88 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 200 Breast - Adriel Sanes - 1:56.24 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 200 Fly - Josie Valette - 1:57.91 - NCAA B Standard

Women's 200 Fly - Kylie Cronin - 1:59.24 - NCAA B Standard

Men's 200 Fly - Kyle Ewoldt - 1:47.88 - NCAA B Standard 

Saturday's School Records

200 Medley Relay - Time Trial - Wachtler, Jager, Calkins, Farber - 1:25.73

Men's 200 Breast - Adriel Sanes - 1:56.24

Women's 200 Fly - Josie Valette - 1:57.91 

Saturday's Summit League Championship Records

Men's 100 IM - Cy Jager - 50.22

Men's 100 Free - Stephen Calkins - 43.07

Men's 100 IM - Cy Jager - 49.78

Men's 200 Back - Anton Loncar - 1:41.15

Men's 100 Free - Sid Farber - 42.78

Men's 200 Breast - Adriel Sanes - 1:56.24

Women's 200 Fly - Josie Valette - 1:57.91

Men's 400 Free Relay - Calkins, Auchinachie, Sykes, Wachtler - 2:54.61 

UP NEXT

In two weeks, Denver will have swimmers compete in the 2018 American Short Course Championships from March 1-3. That competition will kick-start four-straight weeks of action with the CSCAA National Invitational (March 8-10), the NCAA Women's Championships (March 14-17) and the NCAA Men's Championships (March 21-24). 

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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