Swimming & Diving


Denver Defeats Air Force in Friday Dual

Oct. 20, 2017

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DENVER The [RV/25] University of Denver men’s swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 in its dual season, defeating Air Force 165-135 on Friday night at El Pomar Natatorium. 

Redshirt-freshman Stephen Calkins (Calgary, Alberta) and sophomore Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) were victorious in four events on Friday, each earning two individual event wins, while both racing on the winning relays in the 200 medley and 400 free. 

Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) swept the two freestyle distance races (1000/500) and junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) won the 200 butterfly and the 200 IM. 

In the 200 medley relay, Calkins and Farber teamed up with sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas) and freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho) to touch first in 1:29.81. 



The Pioneers took the top three spots in the first distance race of the night as Gilbert (9:38.97), senior Alex Walton (Atlanta, Ga. – 9:44.50) and sophomore Jesse Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y. – 9:44.84) finished 1-2-3 to give Denver 16 of the 19 points in the event. 

Calkins second win of the night and his first individual victory saw the redshirt-freshman clock in at 1:38.81 in the 200 free, breaking a pool record that he previously held during his time with the Hilltoppers by a tenth of a second. 

Wachtler second win of the night came in the 100 back, when the sophomore finished in 50.12. Senior Jared Smith (Boulder City, Nev.) finished third with a time of 51.16 to take 12 of the 19 points. 

Ewoldt won his first of two events on Friday night in the sixth event, taking the 200 fly by just over three-tenths of a second. Gilbert finished third and junior Graham Walker (Nairobi, Kenya) touched fourth to round out Denver’s scoring in the event. 

Farber won the two sprint freestyle races on either side of the 1-meter diving. In the 50 free, Farber earned his third NCAA B Standard of the season, finishing in 20.05. The Denver sophomore’s time in the 100 free was a 44.46, nearly a second ahead of the next closest competitor. 

Wachtler (1:51.94) and Smith (1:52.58) finished second and third in the 200 back, which was followed up by the second, second-place finish of the night from freshman Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas), who touched the wall in 2:07.54 in the 200 breast. 

Gilbert’s second distance swim of the night saw the sophomore finish the 500 free in 4:37.28, over a second faster than the runner-up. 

Calkins last individual win of the night came in the 100 fly, as the Denver redshirt-freshman reached the wall in 49.56. 

Ewoldt (1:54.24) and freshman Trent Panzera (Gauteng, South Africa – 1:55.61) touched first and third in the 200 IM, and then Denver’s quartet of Calkins, sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.), Wachtler and Farber rounded out the night with a win in the 400 free (3:00.27). 

Friday Night’s Event Winners

200 Medley Relay: Neil Wachtler, Cy Jager, Stephen Calkins, Sid Farber – 1:29.81

1000 Free: Colin Gilbert – 9:38.97

200 Free: Stephen Calkins – 1:38.81

100 Back: Neil Wachtler – 50.12

200 Fly: Kyle Ewoldt – 1:52.02

50 Free: Sid Farber – 20.05 – NCAA B Standard

100 Free: Sid Farber – 44.46

500 Free: Colin Gilbert – 4:37.28

100 Fly: Stephen Calkins – 49.56

200 IM: Kyle Ewoldt – 1:54.24

400 Free Relay: Stephen Calkins, Hugo Sykes, Neil Wachtler, Sid Farber – 3:00.27 


Denver’s women’s program heads to Colorado State Saturday afternoon for a meet set to begin at 12 p.m. MT. The two programs will split up the following weekend, as the Denver men head to the Pacific Invite in Stockton, Calif., while the women head south east for the Dual-A-Palooza in New Orleans, La. 

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