* University of Wyoming press release

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming women’s swimming and diving team opens its regular season at home Friday. The Cowgirls host Colorado State at 4 p.m. at Laramie High School.

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Wyoming is just a few days removed from its annual Brown and Gold Meet. It was an opportunity for returning student-athletes to shake off the competition rust and for newcomers to grasp how a collegiate dual may feel.

“(With the Brown and Gold) we wanted to see what we could do and have some fun,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “But now our girls are geared up and wanting to race for real.”

And it’s not just any real meet. It’s heightened by the fact that it’s a rivalry meet.

The Cowgirls have enjoyed a great deal of success against their foes from south of the Wyoming border. They’ve won seven of the last nine matchups, however, the pair of losses have occurred in each of the past two seasons.

The last time the Rams traveled to Wyoming, they walked away with a slim 152-148 victory. It’s a fact that’s not lost on the Cowgirls.

“Our girls are ready for it,” Denniston said. “They’re hungry. They remember last year, and the last time (CSU) was here, when they didn’t win. They just want to have a better performance, and I think we are on track to do that.”

Wyoming went 5-6 overall and 2-2 in Mountain West Conference dual meets in 2022-23. The Cowgirls were also 2-2 in home duals, one win coming at Corbett Pool while the other occurred at Laramie High School.

Diving will kick off the meet Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the 3-meter competition. Swim events start at 4 p.m. with the standard 16-event format, consisting of the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley. The 1-meter competition will follow the 50-yard freestyle.

After the meet against the Rams, Wyoming travels to Air Force. Both the men and women will compete against the Falcons on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. inside Cadet Natatorium.

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