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3 University of Wyoming swimmers die in US Highway 287 car crash

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(Graphic Illustration by Malia Berry | The Collegian)

The University of Wyoming confirmed in a press release Thursday that three members of the swimming and diving team died in a single-vehicle crash 10-miles south of the Wyoming-Colorado border on U.S. Highway 287.

Five athletes were involved in the crash, with two athletes on the men’s team sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. The three athletes that were killed in the accident were 18-year-old Carson Muir, 19-year-old Charlie Clark and 21-year-old Luke Slabber.

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“Killed were Charlie Clark, 19, a sophomore on the men’s team and a psychology major from Las Vegas, (Nevada); Carson Muir, 18, a freshman on the women’s team and an animal and veterinary sciences major from Birmingham, (Alabama); and Luke Slabber, 21, a junior on the men’s team studying construction management from Cape Town, South Africa,” the school said in a press release Friday morning.

The names of the two uninjured athletes have not been announced as of Feb. 23.

UW Athletics released a GoFundMe Friday to help cover funeral and travel expenses. They have already received over $10,000 towards their $60,000 goal as of Friday evening.

Resources are available for affected members of the UW community. Individuals seeking help can contact the University Counseling Center at 307-766-2187, Dean of Students Office at 307-766-3296 or the after-hours crisis counselor at 307-766-8989.

Reach Emma Askren at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @emma_askren.

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Emma Askren, Sports Editor
Emma Askren, alongside Damon Cook, is the fall 2023 sports editor for The Collegian. She began working at The Collegian during her first year in the fall of 2022, when she covered the swim and dive team as well as anything sports-related. She is currently a sophomore at Colorado State University, where she is majoring in journalism and media communication and double minoring in Spanish and sports management. During her first year, she joined the rowing team, began working as a reporter for The Collegian and working at the Student Recreation Center. Askren applied to CSU as a journalism major, knowing she wanted to combine her passion for sports and writing to create a fulfilling career. Upon realizing that Rocky Mountain Student Media was hiring for first-years, she jumped at the opportunity to become a writer for The Collegian. While working for the sports desk, Askren has had the opportunity to write about hockey, logging, whitewater rafting and the importance of women in sports. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, she seeks to break the status quo and become a successful sports journalist following graduation. Following a year as a sports reporter, Askren became a co-editor for the sports desk alongside Cook. Together the duo seeks to create a new and improved sports desk that caters to all readers of The Collegian and beyond.

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