* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The sport of swimming and diving isn’t immune to the “big-game letdown.” That’s precisely what University of Wyoming head coach Dave Denniston is trying to guard against when his team hosts Colorado School of Mines on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Laramie High School.

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The Cowboys and Cowgirls are fresh off a couple of rivalry victories they attained last weekend in Colorado Springs. Wyoming’s men’s team picked apart Air Force, 191-109, while the women’s team downed the Falcons, 169-131.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls must now turn their full attention to the Orediggers. And Denniston is confident his team can do just that.

“(A letdown) can absolutely be a factor in the swimming world,” Denniston said. “But this meet is truly being geared toward having fun and swimming fast and swimming some events we don’t typically swim during the season. I don’t expect it to be a big letdown.”

Another characteristic of the meet that should heighten Wyoming’s focus is the fact that it’s Senior Day. Saturday is an opportunity to honor 14 student-athletes that have given a great of time and energy to the swim and dive program.

“Two things you have to admire this senior class for is their tenacity and the uniqueness they’ve brought to our program,” Denniston said. “They arrived during the COVID year. The fact that they’ve been through that gauntlet has garnered them respect from me and the staff. They’ve also shown their own character and their own uniqueness and brought a lot of fun to our culture and our program.”

Saturday marks the third meet of the season for the Cowgirls. They own a 2-0 record with wins over Colorado State and Air Force.

This weekend’s competition represents the Cowboys’ second meet of the season. The only other one being their victory over the Falcons.

After Saturday, Wyoming remains at home. Both men and women host Colorado Mesa on Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. before the women host Northern Colorado on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. Both those meets take place at Laramie High School.

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