Dec. 20, 2017
Results | 2017-18 Schedule | Denver Ticket Office
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) was the only Pioneer to win two individual events, and senior Morgan McCormick (Golden, Colo.) led the University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving programs with three event wins (one individual/two relay) on Wednesday afternoon in the FAU FUN Invite at the FAU Aquatic Center.
Wednesday's meet included FAU, Old Dominion and Wittenberg, while also adding North Texas on the women's side.
Junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas), senior Maddie Myers (Arvada, Colo.), McCormick and senior Morgan Wice-Roslin (Colorado Springs, Colo.) opened the meet with a win in the 100 medley relay, combining for a 49.56.
Sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.) and junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.) finished second and third in the 200 free with times of 1:53:15 and 1:56.72, respectively.
On the men's side, Denver took nine of the top 10 spots in the 200 free, led by a podium sweep for redshirt-freshman Stephen Calkins (Calgary, Alberta -- 1:41.99), sophomore Sid Farber (Portland, Ore. -- 1:43.47) and freshman Trent Panzera (Gauteng, South Africa -- 1:44.48).
A few events later, sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) led the Pioneers' 1-2 punch in the 100 fly, touching the wall in 57.19. Junior Bailey Andison (Smiths Falls, Ontario) finished second with a time of 59.24.
The Pioneers took three of the top four spots in the 100 fly. Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) won the race with a 51.04, ahead of junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) who finished second with a 51.90. Freshman Andrew Brown (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished fourth in 52.72.
Wice-Roslin led the Pioneers in the 50 free with a second place finish in 24.44. The Denver men took four of the top five spots in the freestyle sprint. Freshman Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) touched first with a 21.37. Classmate Jackson Gainer (San Jose, Calif.) reached the wall 0.03 seconds behind his teammate to finish second. Sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas) finished fourth with a 21.73 and sophomore Robin Kuebler (Centennial, Colo.) touched fifth with a 21.82.
Denver's men's 200 free relay of Farber, sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.), Kuebler and sophomore Peter Webster (Odense, Denmark) led Denver's four relays that placed in the top five with a 1:24.92.
Valette's first of two victories on the afternoon came in the 100 free, finishing in 52.56. Denver's men took the top three spots. Freshman Cameron Auchinachie (Binghamton, N.Y.) clocked in at 46.56, Gilbert finished second in 46.89 and Webster finished third with a 46.96.
McCormick's individual victory came in the 100 back on Wednesday, touching in 57.38.
Freshman Emmett Wayte (Seattle, Wash.) and senior Jared Smith (Boulder City, Nev.) reached the wall in first and second in the 100 back with 51.76 and 52.38, respectively.
Junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.) and freshman Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario) turned in podium finishes for the Pioneers in the 100 breast, finishing the race in 1:05.04 and 1:06.98.
Freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho) won the men's 100 breast in 58.08, a pair of spots ahead of his classmate and teammate Anthony Nosack (Beaverton, Ore.).
Denver's women took three of the top four spots in the lone distance race of the afternoon, as Johnston led the swimmers in the 500 free with a 5:06.27. Freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario) was just behind Johnston in second with a 5:07.04, and senior Karly Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) earned a fourth place finish with a 5:11.07.
The DU men also had an impressive distance race on Wednesday, earning five of the top six spots. Sophomore Jesse Haraden (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) won the men's 500 in 4:42.78. Senior Ray Bornman (Mackay, Queensland) touched third with a 4:45.23, freshman Nathan Rock (Boulder, Colo.) took fourth in 4:47.00, Calkins finished fifth (4:49.10) and junior Graham Walker (Nairobi, Kenya) rounded out the group with a sixth place finish (4:50.94).
Valette's second individual win came in the 50 fly (25.07), a spot ahead of teammate Sarah Lingen (Maple Grove, Minn.) who clocked in at 26.15. On the men's side, the Pioneers grabbed the top four spots. Farber led the quartet with a 22.62, Sanes reached the wall second in 22.76, Webster touched third in 22.85 and on his return from the European Championships, senior Anton Loncar (Hillsboro, Ore.) finished fourth with a 22.96.
Denver's teams swept the final races of the afternoon, taking both 400 medley (100IM legs) relays. On the women's side, Andison, Laird, Myers and McCormick won in 3:59.20, while Gilbert, senior Alex Walton (Boulder, Colo.), Sanes and sophomore Craig Robrock (Savage, Minn.) combined for a 3:37.04.
Wednesday's Event Winners
Women's 100 Medley Relay -- Annelyse Tullier, Maddie Myers, Morgan McCormick, Morgan Wice-Roslin -- 49.56
Men's 200 Free -- Stephen Calkins -- 1:41.99
Women's 100 Fly -- Kylie Cronin -- 57.19
Men's 100 Fly -- Colin Gilbert -- 51.04
Men's 50 Free -- Adriel Sanes - 21.37
Men's 200 Free Relay -- Sid Farber, Hugo Sykes, Robin Kuebler, Peter Webster -- 1:24.92
Women's 100 Free -- Josie Valette -- 52.56
Men's 100 Free -- Cameron Auchinachie -- 46.56
Women's 100 Back -- Morgan McCormick -- 57.38
Men's 100 Back -- Emmett Wayte -- 51.76
Men's 100 Breast -- Cy Jager -- 58.08
Women's 500 Free -- Andi Johnston -- 5:06.27
Men's 500 Free -- Jesse Haraden -- 4:42.78
Women's 50 Fly -- Josie Valette -- 25.07
Men's 50 Fly -- Sid Farber -- 22.62
Women's 400 Medley Relay (100IM) -- Bailey Andison, Courtney Laird, Maddie Myers, Morgan McCormick -- 3:59.20
Men's 400 Medley Relay (100IM) -- Colin Gilbert, Alex Walton, Adriel Sanes, Craig Robrock -- 3:37.04
UP NEXT: Denver will resume its dual meet schedule in 2018 when the Pioneers' men's and women's programs head to Minnesota on January 13. Both programs will return to El Pomar Natatorium Jan. 19 (Colorado Mesa -- 4 p.m.) and Jan. 20 (Utah - 12 p.m.).
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