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Denver Relays Highlight Opening Day of CSCAA National Invitational

March 8, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving teams won four events on the opening day of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches' Association of America National Invitational on Thursday at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy. Denver's women ended the first night of competition in third, while the Pioneer men sit in fourth heading into the second day of competition Friday. 

Women Top Five (Not Including Diving)
1. Rice - 143
2. FIU - 136
3. Denver - 114
4. Boise State - 96
5. San Jose State - 91

Men Top Five (Including Diving)
1. George Washington - 226.5
2. Grand Canyon - 145
3. Army - 133
4. Denver - 129
5. South Carolina - 123

DU's relays combined for two first place and two second place finishes on Thursday.

Denver opened the finals portion of the meet with a second place finish in the women's 200 free relay, finishing 0.11 seconds behind victors FIU. Freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario), junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.), redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) and sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) combined for a time of 1:31.52 to earn a spot on the podium.

The Pioneer men earned Denver's first victory of the night in the men's 200 free relay, edging out Navy by more than half a second. With Denver's A relay preparing for the 2018 NCAA Championships in a couple of weeks, freshman Jackson Gainer (San Jose, Calif.), freshman Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas), sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) and sophomore Peter Webster (Odense, Denmark) took advantage of the chance to represent the Pioneers in the event with a 1:20.57.

At the end of the met, Denver's women's 400 medley relay took the top spot by 0.23 seconds as the quartet of Bradley, junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.), sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) and Leckie combined for a time of 3:39.65.

In another tight race, the Denver men finished second in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:15.00, 0.16 seconds behind LaSalle for the top spot. Sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas), freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), Webster and Sykes swam in the event for the Pioneers.  

In the first individual event of Thursday evening, junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas) took her spot on top of the podium with a 4:44.01, taking the race by 1.29 seconds. Sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.) also competed in the A-Final on Thursday, finishing fifth with a time of 4:49.97.

On the men's side, sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) made it a sweep for the Pioneers in the 500 free, reaching the wall ahead of the rest of the field with a 4:19.86.

Freshman Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) was the only Pioneer to compete in the women's 200 IM finals on Thursday, finishing 16th overall with a time of 2:06.14.

Wachtler, junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Sanes all earned spots in the B-Final of the men's 200 IM on Thursday. Wachtler won the B-Final with a time of 1:48.29, followed by a 13th place finish (fifth in B-Final) from Ewoldt (1:49.88) and a 15th place finish by Sanes (1:51.62).

Leckie made her second appearance of the evening in the women's 50 free, finishing 13th overall and fifth in the B-Final with a time of 23.39.

Gainer got Denver back in the A-Final with his sixth-place finish in the 50 free race with a 20.67. Webster finished second in the B-Final and 10th overall with a time of 20.73.

Thursday's Event Wins


 

 

Men's 200 Free Relay: Gainer, Sanes, Sykes, Webster -- 1:20.57

Women's 500 Free: Annelyse Tullier -- 4:44.01

Men's 500 Free: Colin Gilbert -- 4:19.86

Women's 400 Medley Relay: Bradley, Laird, Cronin, Leckie -- 3:39.65

UP NEXT: The second day of the CSCAA National Invitational Championships (March 8-10) continue tomorrow in Annapolis. Read about that meet and the NCAA Men's and Women's Championships by clicking the links above.

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  

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