Courtesy of Denver Athletics

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The University of Denver men’s and women’s swimming teams dominated at the FAU Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the FAU Aquatic Center in Boca Raton, Fla.. The Pioneer women defeated FAU (200.00 to 94.00), Rice University (146.50 to 141.50) and Cincinnati (192.00 to 108.00), while the Pioneer men defeated FAU (155.00 to 133.00), Cincinnati (222.00 to 58.00) and Air Force (215.50 to 64.50).

“This meet comes in the middle of a hard training cycle for most teams, including (us), so it can be hard to predict on performances,” said head coach Brian Schrader. “I was really pleased with how hard we raced, and to come out with wins is always great. Jeff and Jay Giddens were great on the men’s side and our women were just solid all the way through. Katy Motsinger was great in her win in the 100 backstroke and in her relays. Kirsten Milberg’s win in the 200 backstroke was a nice swim as well. Our divers continue to get better and to have Seth McNew make his NCAA Zone Diving standards is great.”

The Pioneer men finished with six first-place, seven second-place and eight third-place finishes while the women grabbed two first-place, seven second-place and eight third-place finishes.

Leading the way was the quarter in the men’s 200 breaststroke as the Pioneers swept the top four spots in the race. Junior Ian Francis paced the field by finishing with a time of 2:07.22. Freshman Tanner Krall (2:08.76) followed in second while sophomore Robin Lindgren (2:09.84) and sophomore Andy Lee (2:09.95) were third and fourth, respecitvely.

In the men’s 200 medley relay, the team of freshman Kyle Milberg, sophomore Robert Barrett, senior Jeff Giddens and senior Scott Madaras grabbed first place in 1:34.74, while junior Jay Giddens took gold with a time of 21.35 in the men’s 50 freestyle. He followed with a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.87.

Senior Seth McNew won the 3 meter diving event with a score of 310.60, after finishing second in the 1 meter diving event with a score of 243.00. Jeff Giddens and senior Caleb Severns claimed first and second in the men’s 100 backstroke with times of 51.92 and 52.95, respectively, while DU received a winning performance on the women’s side from senior Katy Motsinger, who won in 57.84.

In the women’s 200 backstroke, sophomore Kirsten Milberg led the way with a time of 2:04.05, while freshman Katie Naze and freshman Gretchen Cohen finished third and fourth with times of 2:06.74 and 2:09.09, respectively. The women’s relay closed out the wins for the Pioneers by tying for first in the 200 freestyle relay.