Jan. 3, 2009
IRVINE, Calif. -
The University of Wyoming swim team was back in action at the UC Irvine Invite Saturday afternoon in Irvine, Calif. The meet was held outdoors and split into two different sections, sprint and distance events.
The Cowboys placed first in both the sprint and distance events, while the Cowgirls took first in the distance races, and third in the sprint events.
"The meet started out slow for us, but as the meet progressed and the temperature got warmer we performed a lot better," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "The temperature started at 59 degrees, but got warmer as the meet went on. I thought the distance events went well for us today, especially the 500 freestyle and the 400 IM."
In the sprints, the Pokes were led by freshman Marshall Dilworth who won both the 200 IM (1:58.61) and the 200 backstroke (1:55.70). Other event winners were Eli Bell in the 200 freestyle (1:43.28) and Brandon Fischer in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:43.28.
At the distance events, the Cowboys won three of the four races. Dilworth won his third event of the day in the 400 IM with a time of 4:10.77. Senior Matt Urich took first in the 500 freestyle (4:41.67), while Brett Henehan won the 1650 freestyle (16:21.90).
The Cowgirls were led by senior Aimee Stinson who won both the 500 (5:00.44) and 1650 (17:20.72) freestyles. At the sprint events, junior Cassie Stelow had a first place finish by winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.43, while Kelsey Conci won the 50 backstroke (27.34).
"Overall we need to continue to train hard and improve so we can be ready for UNLV and the rest of our meets this season," Johnson said.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls will remain in Irvine, Calif. to train until January 9th.
The next meet for UW will be January 17 against UNLV in Corbett Pool at noon.