Wyoming Student-Athlete Hometown Reports

Dec. 9, 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 Cowboy swimmer Bryce Perica, Cowboy diver John Lynch and Cowboy basketball player Jay Straight.

Bryce Perica, Sprint Freestyle, 6-9, Senior, 3L, Longmont, Colo. (Longmont)

Senior Bryce Perica

Bryce Perica, a senior from Longmont High School in Longmont, Colo., has been performing consistently for the Wyoming Cowboys Swimming and Diving Team. The senior freestyle swimmer won his specialty event against Metro State, where the Cowboys swept all fourteen events on their way to winning the dual 130-86. Perica swam the 100 freestyle in 48.75 and he also competed in the 400 freestyle relay, in which his team swam the event in 3:10.94. Perica is having a great senior season so far, swimming in many events. He was on the 200 medley team that set a new Corbett Pool record (1:32.07) when the Cowboys defeated Denver in dual action. With Perica providing senior leadership, the Cowboys have climbed to 25th in the current CSCAA national rankings. Perica and the rest of his Poke teammates return to the pool on December 18-20 when they travel Las Vegas for the UNLV Winter Invite.

John Lynch, Diving, 5-9, Sophomore, 1L, San Antonio, Texas (Health Careers)

Sophomore John Lynch

John Lynch, a sophomore from Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas, just completed a very successful weekend for the Wyoming Swimming and Diving Team. Competing at the Texas Invite, the sophomore diver finished in the top ten in all three events he competed in. Although the scores were not career highs, he was able to finish no less than sixth in all his events. Lynch finished fourth in the one meter, fourth in the platform, and sixth in the three meter. For his performance he was named the MWC Diver of the Week. Lynch is looking to build off of his very successful freshman campaign and help the Cowboys throughout this season. Currently Wyoming is ranked 25th in the country and look for them get better each and every week.

Jay Straight, G, 5-11, 178, Sr., 3L, Chicago, Ill. (Dunbar)

Senior Jay Straight

Jay Straight, a senior guard from Dunbar High School in Chicago, Ill., has led Wyoming to a 4-2 start early on in the 2004-2005 basketball season. Even though Wyoming lost earlier this week at Dayton 62-57, it was not because of a lack of effort from Straight. The senior guard led Wyoming with 19 points and six assists while Wyoming's second half comeback fell just short at the end. Straight has been poring in points and assists all season long for the Cowboys, who hope to have a quick turnaround this year from last year's disappointing season. At Billings, in Wyoming's 71-70 win over Montana State, Straight led the Pokes in points with 24, and also led the team in rebounding. He has led the Cowboys in scoring the last three games. Before last night's game, Straight ranked seventh in the Mountain West Conference in scoring (16.2 pts/game), and second in assists (5.8 assists/game). He is also averaging 4.6 boards per game. Straight and the Pokes return to the friendly confines of the Casper Events Center for the annual Wyoming Shootout, when they play Kansas State on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.