TYR/CMU Invitation begins Wednesday – Western Colorado University Athletics

Western Colorado at the TYR/CMU Invitational

Wed 16 Nov – Sat 19 Nov | Swimming Pool El Pomar | Grand Junction, Col.
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mountaineer swimming and diving will make their annual trip to Colorado Mesa University for the Mavericks’ TYR/CMU Invitational, which begins Wednesday and concludes with the closing session Saturday at the El Pomar Natatorium.

The 2022 TYR/CMU gathering, previously dubbed the A3 Performance Invitational, marks the tenth consecutive trip to Invite by Western Colorado.

The Mountaineers finished fourth last winter for the second year in a row. Western’s best finish at the meet was third place in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2018, never finishing below fourth place.

Host CMU has won the last four invite titles and set a meeting record in 2019 with 1,464 points.

The timed finals on Wednesday start at 18:00. Thursday, Friday and Saturday comprise the prelims and evening finals, with Thursday and Friday scheduled for 10am and 5pm, while Saturday events are scheduled for 10am and 4pm

Western Colorado swimmers add to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s top times report, with several cracking the top 10.

Abigail Yalcin is fourth on the RMAC list in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2 minutes and 14.37 seconds. The newcomer is also fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.32) and sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:14.59).

Seventh with a time of 59.82 seconds in the 100m backstroke is Elisa Elsberry and ninth in the 100m breaststroke (1:10.44) is Addison O’Donnell, who is also 12th in the 200m breaststroke (2:37.05 ).

LynDea Turner has the ninth fastest time in the 200 backstroke (2:13.55) and is 14th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.86). Grace Humbert is 10th in the 200 backstroke (2:13.87) and just behind the top 10 with the 13th fastest time in the 200 IM (2:17.13).

Just short of a top 10 was Trinity Caudle in the 200m breaststroke (2:35.93) with the 11th fastest swim and 13th fastest time in the 100m breaststroke (1:11.71). Leah Wagner is 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.60) and 16th in the 200 breaststroke (2:40.67).

In the backstroke events, Courtney Coplan is 11th in the 100 (1:01.18) and 14th in the 200 (2:16.70), and in the 50 Free, Makenna Lambert is 11th (25.12).

The 12th fastest swim in the 1,000 free (11:19.42) is Jordan Maruska, whose 500 free time of 5:32.56 sits 17th on the conference list.

AvaMarie Hopewell actually leads the Mountaineers with five top 20 times, with her 13th fastest times in the 500 Free (5:29.65) and 200 Butterfly (2:26.35) being the highest of her five events at the RMAC -Book list.

Western Colorado will host only two home games in the 2022-23 season, with the first being on Saturday, December 3 against Colorado State University Pueblo. The event will be the Mountaineer Seniors’ Meeting.