Swimming & Diving


Denver Men Second after Night One of Pacific Invite

Oct. 28, 2017

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STOCKTON, Calif. Senior Anton Loncar (Hillsboro, Ore.) won the 100 back and sophomore Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) won the 50 free to lead the University of Denver men’s swimming and diving team to second after the opening night of the Pacific Invite on Friday night at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

Day 1 Team Standings Thru 8 of 17 Events [CSCAA/CollegeSwimming]

[3/-] Stanford: 510

[RV/27] Denver: 334.5

BYU: 285.5

[-/49] Pacific: 202

Fresno Pacific: 134 

Sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas), freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), redshirt-freshman Stephen Calkins (Calgary, Alberta) and Farber opened up the invitational with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:31.17.

The Pioneers grabbed their first win of the night in the 100 back as Loncar finished in 48.8. Wachtler also scored for the Pioneers with a fifth place finish in the 36-swimmer field with a time of 50.14.

Calkins was back in the water for the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:38.64 to finish third of 53 swimmers. Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) finished fifth with a 1:40.55 and sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) closed out the top-10 with a 1:42.71.

Friday night’s 400 IM was a tight race for the spots on the podium. Stanford had a pair of swimmers finish in 4:00.04 and 4:00.14, just edging out Denver junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) who touched third in 4:00.50.

Farber led the 61 sprint swimmers in the 50 free on Friday, clocking in at 20.13 to win the race by 0.18 seconds. Freshman Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.) also finished in the top-10 for the Pioneers, finishing eighth with a 21.05.

Gilbert and Ewoldt led the Pioneers in the final individual event of the night, finishing third and fourth in the 200 butterfly with times of 1:52.39 and 1:52.60, respectively. Junior Graham Walker (Nairobi, Kenya – 1:53.19) and senior Ben Ussery (Austin, Texas – 1:55.42) also finished in the top-10 in the race.

The Pioneers finished the opening night of the Pacific Invite with a third place finish in the 400 free relay. Farber, Calkins, senior Ray Bornman (Mackay, Queensland) and Wachtler combined for a time of 3:02.53.

Friday Night’s Event Winners



100 Back: Anton Loncar – 48.8

50 Free: Sid Farber – 20.13 – NCAA B Standard 

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