Wyoming Swimming and Diving Opens Second Half of Season at UNLV

Jan. 5, 2006

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -

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The University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving teams opened the second half of their season on Thursday with a pair of tough losses to UNLV at Buchanan Natatorium in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Cowboys took four of 13 events from the Rebels as they lost the dual by a score of 144.5-95.5. With the loss the Cowboys fall to 1-4 in dual meets and 0-2 in Mountain West Conference duals.

The divers led the way for the Cowboys as they finished in first, second and third place on both diving boards. John Lynch won both the 1 and 3-meter competitions with respective scores of 303.53 and 279.15. Kevin Bretting placed second with scores of 249.23 and 250.65 while Tyler Miller placed third with scores of 224.25 and 250.13.

On the swimming side of the dual, Eli Bell and Ron Fogel each swam to dual wins over the Rebels. Bell won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:42.43 and Fogel won the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:52.39. Henry Holmberg placed second in both the 500 and 1000 freestyles and Alex Larkin placed second in the 200 breaststroke.

The Cowgirls also won 4 of 13 events as they fell to the Rebels by a score of 150.5-90.5. The loss drops the Cowgirls' overall record to 4-5 and their MWC dual mark to 1-3.

Leading the way for the Cowgirls was Aimee Stinson who won both the 500 and 1000 freestyle events. She started the dual with a winning time of 10:27.20 in the 1000 and closed out her day with a time of 5:04.24 in the 500. Katie Bigger also swam to a first place finish with her time of 2:10.41 in the 200 butterfly. Emily Keefer notched the only first place diving finish as she dove to a score of 263.79 on the 3-meter board.

Four other Cowgirls earned second place dual points on the day. Krista Jones placed second in the 200 freestyle, C.J. Bray placed second in the 50 freestyle, Tamara Lehnertz did so in the 100 freestyle and Saara Haapanen dove into second place on the 1-meter board.

"It was nice to get back to swimming competitively after a long break," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I thought we raced hard against the defending Mountain West Conference champions. We raced especially well considering we just finished 10 days of very tough training in San Diego.

"I was also very pleased with our divers today. The men going 1-2-3 on both boards was very impressive and our women were very tough as usual."

The Cowgirls will return to action in two weeks as they travel back to San Diego to dual with San Diego State. The Cowboys will have a three week break before hosting Utah and BYU on January 27 and 28. Both diving teams will compete in the Air Force Diving Invite from January 27-28. The Cowgirls dual with the Aztecs will begin at 12 p.m. (MST) at the Kroc Community Center in San Diego, Calf.