Wyoming Student-Athlete Hometown Reports

Oct. 29, 2004


Following are periodic highlights of selected University of Wyoming student-athletes, detailing recent performances and their contributions to their respective UW teams.

Check out these reports on Cowgirl Soccer player Lindsey Vossbrink, Cowgirl Volleyball player Andrea Tuck and Cowboy Swimmers Carl Marais and Scott Usher.

Lindsey Vossbrink, Sr, Mid/For, Littleton, Colo. (Dakota Ridge)

Senior Lindsey Vossbrink

Lindsey Vossbrink, a senior from Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton, Colorado, is having a great season for the University of Wyoming Soccer team. Voss, as called by her teammates, had a great weekend recently as the soccer team beat the BYU Cougars for the first time in the program's history, 3-2 in overtime. In the game, Vossbrink had one goal and one assist, her first points of the year. Both were early on in the game and gave the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead. Even though the Cougars fought back and tied the game, the Cowgirls persevered and won the game in dramatic fashion.

"Lindsey had a great first half with a goal and an assist and it was huge for us to be up 2-0 at the half. We played a little tentative early in the second half, like we were playing not to lose, which really hurt us. When they scored their second goal I think it lit a fire under us and we were able to fight back, gain some momentum and finally win it in overtime," said head coach Anne Moore.

The senior midfielder/forward has started all 18 games this year. Vossbrink is the current career leader in assists for the Cowgirls with eight. Even though her stats on the season might not be staggering, Vossbrink brings several intangibles to the team that can not be measured in goals and assists. Vossbrink and the rest of the Cowgirl Soccer team return to action this weekend against New Mexico. She and the rest of the seniors play their last game in Laramie as Cowgirls.

Andrea Tuck, OH, 6-1, Fr., Erie, Colo. (Erie HS)

Freshman Andrea Tuck

Andrea Tuck, a freshman from Erie, Colorado, provided a spark that the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team needed heading into their road trip last weekend against New Mexico and Air Force. Tuck was second on the team in both matches in kills, 13 against New Mexico and 15 against Air Force. Her efforts helped the Cowgirls win each match, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. Tuck also had a great match against BYU a week earlier when the Cowgirls upset the Cougars for only the fourth time in the program's history. The freshman outside hitter has had a great Mountain West Conference season so far, with only four matches left. Tuck is currently ranked in two categories in conference play (17th in Kills with 59, 2.95 per game and eighth in hitting percentage with .311) and in one category in all matches (15th in hitting percentage with .265). Tuck and the rest of her freshman teammates have contributed greatly to their team this year and are a major reason why UW is 12-9 overall and 5-4 in MWC play. Tuck and the rest of the Cowgirl Volleyball team return to action this weekend when they play UNLV and San Diego State at home in the Multi Purpose Gym.

Carl Marais, Backstroke/Freestyle, 6-2, Freshman, HS, Pretoria, S. Africa (St. Albans)

Freshman Carl Marais

Carl Marais, a freshman Cowboy swimmer from South Africa, had as good a weekend as anyone could expect last weekend at the Colorado State University Early Bird Invite. Trying to pull off what would seem to be a Michael Phelps type weekend, eight wins in eight events, the freshman almost accomplished that by winning seven of the eight and finishing second in the other. Marais won three individual events (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and the 200 backstroke) and four relay events (200 medley, 400 medley, 800 medley, and the 800 freestyle). The event that he finished second in was the 50 freestyle. With the help of Marais placing so high in every event he was in, the Cowboys won the meet easily and took home the first place trophy. The young freshman hopes to build off of his big meet at CSU and use it to get better for the long season ahead. The Cowboys return to action in two weeks when they face Denver on Nov. 6.

Scott Usher, Breaststroke, 6-1, Senior, 3L, Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)

Senior Scott Usher

Scott Usher, a senior from Grand Island, Nebraska, is off to a great start his final year for the University of Wyoming Cowboy Swimming team. Usher has already had a great summer and year swimming internationally, by qualifying for the Olympics and placing seventh in the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Usher swam a finals time of 2:11.95, the fifth fastest semifinal time of 2:12.00 and the ninth best preliminary time of 2:13.59. He has also competed in the FINA World Short Course Championships where he finished 12th in his signature event. Usher is the first ever Olympian for the University of Wyoming.

Now that he has come back to Laramie, Usher has continued his success by helping the Cowboys win the Early Bird Invite at Colorado State. Usher won both breaststroke events, the 100 and 200 meter, and two relays, the 200 and 400 medley events. All four of his events took place on Saturday when the Cowboys won 12 out of the 14 events. This type of team result from the Cowboys garnered them a vote in the Top 25 last week. Hopefully the rest of the season will be just as bright for the Cowboys and Usher, who looks to be an All-American again this season, and possibly a National Champion. The swimming and diving teams will return to action in two weeks when they host Denver on Sat., Nov. 6.