Swimming & Diving


Denver Men Win Pacific Invitational

Oct. 28, 2017

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STOCKTON, Calif. Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) swept the two distance races and redshirt-freshman Stephen Calkins (Calgary, Alberta) picked up two more event wins in his first campaign competing with the program to lead to University of Denver men’s swimming and diving team to the 2017 Pacific Invitational title on Saturday afternoon at Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

Final Team Standings [CSCAA/CollegeSwimming]

[RV/27] Denver: 980

[-/49] Pacific: 726

BYU: 540

[3/-] Stanford: 510*

Fresno Pacific: 378

Stanford competed on Friday only 

Denver opened the second day of the meet with a second place finish in the 400 medley relay. Senior Anton Loncar (Hillsboro, Ore.), freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), Calkins and sophomore Sid Farber (Portland, Ore.) combined for a time of 3:22.40.

The Pioneers picked up their first event win of the day when Loncar touched first in the 200 back with a time of 1:46.89. Senior Jared Smith (Boulder City, Nev.) rounded out the top five in the event with a 1:52.93.

In the lone freestyle sprint of the day, Calkins and Farber swam stroke for stroke with the Denver freshman pulling out the victory with a 44.87. Farber touched second in 45.13.

A pair of freshmen led the Pioneers in the 200 breaststroke on Saturday. Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) was a little more than three seconds off the pace to finish second (2:06.38), while Anthony Nosack (Beaverton, Oregon) touched seventh with a 2:09.61.

Gilbert’s busy distance race schedule opened with a 4:36.20 in the 500 free, leading a quartet of Pioneers that took the top four spots in the race. Junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) touched second with a 4:38.46, senior Alex Walton (Boulder, Colo.) was right behind him with a 4:38.56 and sophomore Jesse Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) completed a tight race for second with a 4:38.99.

Calkins schedule continued in the 100 butterfly. The redshirt-freshman touched fourth, finishing in 50.06.

Sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas) and freshman Trent Panzera (Gauteng, South Africa) led Denver in the 200 IM with third and fourth place finishes in the event. Wachtler touched in 1:54.72, while Panzera finished in a tie for fourth with a 1:55.00.

DU grabbed a relay victory in the 200 free. Farber led off the group, followed by sprint swims from freshman Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.), Loncar and Calkins. The group finished in 1:22.05.

Denver closed out the meet by taking the top four spots in the 1650 free. Gilbert completed the distance sweep with a 15:53.69. Haraden was clocked in second with a 16:15.41, followed by freshman Nathan Rock (Boulder, Colo.) who finished in 16:18.49 and Walton who touched fourth in 16:32.90.

In diving on Saturday, freshman Jake Ryor (Naperville, Ill.) led the Pioneers, posting a total score of 267.15.

Saturday’s Event Winners



1-Meter Diving: Alex Morgan - 247.80

3-Meter Diving:
Jake Ryor – 267.15

200 Back: Anton Loncar – 1:46.89

100 Free: Stephen Calkins – 44.87

500 Free: Colin Gilbert – 4:36.20

200 Free Relay: Sid Farber, Cameron Auchinachie, Anton Loncar, Stephen Calkins – 1:22.05   

1650 Free: Colin Gilbert – 15:53.69

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