Denver and Omaha Conclude Competition at the CSCAA National Invitational

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MAVERICKS FINISH SEASON AT CSCAA NATIONAL INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (omavs.com) – Five Omaha swimmers wrapped up their season Saturday at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships at the Lejeune Pool at the United States Naval Academy.

The Omaha quintet competed in 11 individual events and three relays in Annapolis.

Kylie Vermeire placed seventh in the 1650 free with a time of 17:31.20 during Saturday night's final session and 27th in the 500 free with a time of 5:06.24 during Thursday's preliminaries.

Naeleah Hadford competed in the 50 free on Thursday, placing 33rd with a time of 23.74. She then swam the 100 back on Friday, touching the wall at 57.06, which was good for 31st. Hadford finished her last individual events of the season with a 44th-place finish in the 100 free, swimming to a time of 51.92.

Rachel Morrow got her individual slate of events started Friday with the 200 free, where she finished with a time of 1:51.85 for 30th. On Saturday, Morrow competed in the 100 free and also finished 44th, which tied her with Hadford at 51.92.

Kirsten Kracke swam an individual event each day of the meet and started with the 50 free on Thursday. She placed 68th with a time of 24.44. Kracke then swam the 100 back on Friday, finishing 37th at 58.10. She wrapped up her meet Saturday with the 100 free, where she swam a time of 53.29 for 72nd place.

Brook Landt was the fifth Maverick to finish her season in Annapolis, swimming the 50 free on Thursday to finish 65th with a time of 24.63.

Omaha competed in the 200 free relay on Thursday where Hadford, Morrow, Landt and Kracke finished 18th overall (1:35.12). On Friday, the foursome represented the Mavericks in the 200 medley relay and finished 22nd (1:46.79). Wrapping up the meet and the season on Saturdaywas the 400 free relay squad of Hadford, Morrow, Vermeire and Kracke, who swam to a 19th-place finish (3:29.32).

"This meet was a big step for our program and our first postseason swimming competition at the Division I level," head coach Todd Samland said. "This is a meet where I can see us moving forward with our program. We had our first individual point scorer in Kylie Vermeire. The next step is to have a relay score points at this level of competition."
 


DENVER RELAYS HIGHLIGHT OPENING DAY OF CSCAA NATIONAL INVITATIONAL (Day One Recap)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (denverpioneers.com) -- The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving teams won four events on the opening day of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches' Association of America National Invitational on Thursday at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy. Denver's women ended the first night of competition in third, while the Pioneer men sit in fourth heading into the second day of competition Friday. 

Women Top Five (Not Including Diving)
1. Rice - 143
2. FIU - 136
3. Denver - 114
4. Boise State - 96
5. San Jose State - 91

Men Top Five (Including Diving)
1. George Washington - 226.5
2. Grand Canyon - 145
3. Army - 133
4. Denver - 129
5. South Carolina - 123

DU's relays combined for two first place and two second place finishes on Thursday.

Denver opened the finals portion of the meet with a second place finish in the women's 200 free relay, finishing 0.11 seconds behind victors FIU. Freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario), junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.), redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley(Victoria, B.C.) and sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) combined for a time of 1:31.52 to earn a spot on the podium.

The Pioneer men earned Denver's first victory of the night in the men's 200 free relay, edging out Navy by more than half a second. With Denver's A relay preparing for the 2018 NCAA Championships in a couple of weeks, freshman Jackson Gainer (San Jose, Calif.), freshman Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas), sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) and sophomore Peter Webster (Odense, Denmark) took advantage of the chance to represent the Pioneers in the event with a 1:20.57.

At the end of the met, Denver's women's 400 medley relay took the top spot by 0.23 seconds as the quartet of Bradley, junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.), sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) and Leckie combined for a time of 3:39.65.

In another tight race, the Denver men finished second in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:15.00, 0.16 seconds behind LaSalle for the top spot. Sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas), freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), Webster and Sykes swam in the event for the Pioneers.  

In the first individual event of Thursday evening, junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas) took her spot on top of the podium with a 4:44.01, taking the race by 1.29 seconds. Sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.) also competed in the A-Final on Thursday, finishing fifth with a time of 4:49.97.

On the men's side, sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) made it a sweep for the Pioneers in the 500 free, reaching the wall ahead of the rest of the field with a 4:19.86.

Freshman Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) was the only Pioneer to compete in the women's 200 IM finals on Thursday, finishing 16th overall with a time of 2:06.14.

Wachtler, junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Sanes all earned spots in the B-Final of the men's 200 IM on Thursday. Wachtler won the B-Final with a time of 1:48.29, followed by a 13th place finish (fifth in B-Final) from Ewoldt (1:49.88) and a 15th place finish by Sanes (1:51.62).

Leckie made her second appearance of the evening in the women's 50 free, finishing 13th overall and fifth in the B-Final with a time of 23.39.

Gainer got Denver back in the A-Final with his sixth-place finish in the 50 free race with a 20.67. Webster finished second in the B-Final and 10th overall with a time of 20.73.

Thursday's Event Wins

Men's 200 Free Relay: Gainer, Sanes, Sykes, Webster -- 1:20.57

Women's 500 Free: Annelyse Tullier -- 4:44.01

Men's 500 Free: Colin Gilbert -- 4:19.86

Women's 400 Medley Relay: Bradley, Laird, Cronin, Leckie -- 3:39.65


DENVER MEN AND WOMEN BOTH MOVE UP A SPOT AT CSCAA NATIONAL INVITATIONAL (Day Two Recap)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (denverpioneers.com) – The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving teams took two more relay wins on the second day to move up a spot each at the College Swimming and Diving Coaches' Association of America National Invitational on Friday at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.

Women's Top Five

FIU - 320.5

Denver – 306

Rice – 294

South Carolina – 239

San Jose State – 211

Men's Top Five  

George Washington – 316.5

South Carolina – 278

Denver – 275

Navy – 267

Incarnate Word - 236

Denver's women's program closed out its night with its best swim, earning a spot on top of the podium in the 800 free as the quartet of Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas), sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.), sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.) and freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario) combined for a 7:13.79 to take the race by a little less than four seconds. Denver's time set a new event record for the CSCAA National Invitational.

The Pioneers picked up their first win of the night in the 200 medley relay. Sophomore Neil Wachtler (Waco, Texas), freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho), sophomore Peter Webster (Odense, Denmark) and freshman Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) took their spot on top of the podium on Friday with a 1:28.00.

Denver opened the second night of the meet with a fourth place finish in the women's 200 medley relay. Junior Lauren Moden(Parker, Colo.), junior Courtney Laird (Overland Park, Kan.), redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) and Valette combined for a time of 1:40.89 to finish a little more than a second behind the winners.

In Denver's first individual swim of the evening, junior Kyle Ewoldt (Gilbert, Ariz.) qualified for the A-Final in the 400 IM, taking fifth in the finals race with a time of 3:53.54.

The Crimson and Gold had three swimmers in the A-Final in the women's 100 butterfly on Friday. Bradley led the trio with a second place finish, 0.09 seconds off the pace with a 53.27. Valette took fourth, reaching the wall in 53.63 and sophomore Kylie Cronin(Marblehead, Mass.) grabbed fifth with a 53.79.

Denver put two more swimmers in the women's 200 free A-Final on the second day of competition. Following her three events Thursday, Leckie made her Friday debut in the event, earning a spot on the podium with a third place finish in a time of 1:47.64. Tullier reached the wall in sixth with a time of 1:48.54. Johnston also picked up points for the Pioneers in the event, finishing third in the B-Final and 11th overall with a time of 1:49.60.

Coming off a win in the 500 free a night ago, sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) took second in the men's 200 free with a time of 1:37.15, 0.08 seconds behind Kyrylo Shvets. Sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.) added a 13th place overall finish with a 1:40.49.

Freshman Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) took fourth in the women's 100 breast to lead three Pioneers that competed in the finals in the event on Friday. Freshman Emily Vandenberg (Ajax, Ontario) finished third in the B-Final (11th overall) in 1:03.08 and Laird took fifth in the B-Final (13th overall) with a time of 1:03.14.

Jager's second appearance in the pool on Friday came in the men's 100 breast, as the Denver freshman turned in a fourth-place finish in the finals with a time of 54.73. Sanes recorded an 11th place finish in 55.49.

Bradley and Moden got back in the water in the women's 100 back, taking the top two spots in the B-Final with times of 54.86 and 55.16, respectively.

Wachtler represented Denver in the A-Final on the men's side, touching fourth in 48.55. Webster grabbed 14th in the event with a time of 50.36.

The Pioneer men wrapped up the night in the men's 800 free relay, taking fourth with a time of 6:38.47.

Friday's Event Wins

Men's 200 Medley Relay – Wachtler, Jager, Webster, Sanes – 1:28.00

Women's 800 Free Relay – Tullier, Johnston, Valette, Leckie – 7:13.79


GILBERT WINS MILE ON FINAL DAY OF CSCAA NATIONAL INVITATIONAL (Day Three Recap)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (denverpioneers.com) – The University of Denver men's and women's swimming and diving teams concluded competition at the College Swimming and Diving Coaches' Association of America National Invitational on Saturday at Lejeune Hall on the campus of the United States Naval Academy.

Women's Top Five

FIU – 598.5

Rice – 483

Denver – 428

South Carolina – 394

San Jose State – 325

Men's Top Five  

Navy – 461

George Washington – 444.5

South Carolina - 428

Denver - 382

Incarnate Word - 335 

Sophomore Andi Johnston (Fort Collins, Colo.) opened the final day of the meet with a fourth place finish in the women's mile race. Johnston finished in 16:38.48.

Sophomore Colin Gilbert (Kamloops, B.C.) earned his second event win of the weekend (500 free), setting a meet record with a 15:06.28 in the men's mile.

The Pioneers had two swimmers compete in the A-Final of the men's 100 IM on Saturday, led by sophomore Neil Wachtler's (Waco, Texas) second place finish in 49.46. Freshman Cy Jager (Moscow, Idaho) added an eighth place finish in the A-Final, touching the wall at 51.15.

Freshman Charlotte Simon (Saint Remy, France) was the next Pioneer to represent Denver in an A-Final, reaching the podium with a third place finish in the 200 breast after turning in a 2:12.74. Classmate Adriel Sanes (Rosharon, Texas) swam for the Denver men in the 200 breast, recording a seventh place finish in 2:00.31.

The Denver women had three swimmers in the 200 fly A-Final on Saturday. Redshirt-junior Heidi Bradley (Victoria, B.C.) led the scoring trio with a second place finish (1:57.92), followed by a sixth place finish by sophomore Josie Valette (Boulder, Colo.), who swam the event in 1:59.73 and sophomore Kylie Cronin (Marblehead, Mass.) who clocked in at 2:01.54 to finish eighth.

DU wrapped up the night with a pair of podium finishes in the 400 free relay. In the first relay, freshman Aysia Leckie (Georgetown, Ontario), Bradley, junior Lauren Moden (Parker, Colo.) and junior Annelyse Tullier (Dallas, Texas) combined for a 3:20.08 to finish a little more than 1.5 seconds off the pace in third. The Pioneer men also finished in third as the quartet of sophomore Peter Webster(Odense, Denmark), freshman sophomore Hugo Sykes (Weston, Conn.), Jackson Gainer (San Jose, Calif.) and Wachtler recorded a 2:58.99.  


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