* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team took care of its rival Colorado State on Friday at Laramie High School. In fact, the meet was over with two events still yet to swim.

The Cowgirls won by a score of 171-129. The victory snapped a streak of 23 straight dual wins for the Rams, and head coach Dave Denniston hopes it’s the start of a streak for his Wyoming team.

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“I think our women exceeded expectations,” Denniston said. “You don’t really know with the first meet how it’s going to play out. I’m really proud of how these girls swam. We had so many great little moments throughout the meet. To have a victory and start our own winning streak, I think is something our girls are taking a lot of pride in.”

The individual portion of the swim meet got off to a dream start for the Cowgirls. Maisyn Klimczak – in her first race since winning the 1,650-yard freestyle Mountain West Conference title – showcased her talent again, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle at 10:32.46. Sage Morton wasn’t far behind in second, clocking in at 10:36.84.

Klimczak also took first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:02.77.

Carly Palmer and Brynlee Busskohl also went 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke. Palmer registered a time of 1:03.49, while Busskohl went a 1:04.12.

Palmer also took first in the 100-yard freestyle, recording a time of 50.89.

Busskohl and Sydney McKenzie boasted another 1-2 finish for the Cowgirls. Busskohl touched in 2:19.48 and McKenzie went 2:20.53.

Tara Joyce, in her first official collegiate swim meet, topped the field in the 200-yard freestyle going a 1:53.60.

Heidi Billings – in her first meet as a Cowgirl after transferring in – won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.85.

Wyoming performed strong on the boards, as well. Gabriella Haigler claimed first in 3-meter with a score of 253.95, and Gonzalez scored 283.58 points, a zone meet cut, to win 1-meter.

The meet finished in fine fashion for the Cowgirls. The 400-yard freestyle relay team – comprised of Palmer, Kali Franckowiak, Emily Giles and Joyce – won with a time of 3:27.72.

Wyoming is back in action in a couple weeks. Both the Cowgirls and Cowboys take on Air Force in Colorado Springs.

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