Jan. 7, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. -
Culminating two long days of competition in Irvine Calif. on Sunday, the University of Wyoming women's swim team won the UC Irvine/Ayres Hotel & Suites Relay Invitational at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. The Cowboys placed second behind Texas A&M.
An annual event for Wyoming's swim teams during their holiday training, this year's relay title was the first UC Irvine meet win for the Cowgirls. Over the years the Cowboys have captured four titles; the distance meet in 1995 and the sprint, distance and relay meets in 2002.
On the women's side, Wyoming won four of the 10 events to come away with the team trophy. UW touched first in the 3x100 Breaststroke (3:25.58), the 4x200 Freestyle (7:47.67), the 4x50 Freestyle (1:38.69) and the 800 Freestyle (7:56.62) relays. The Cowgirls won the meet with 340 points. San Diego State was second with 266 points and San Diego was third with 217 points. The host Anteaters finished sixth in the meet with 160 points.
The Aggie men won the meet for the second straight year with 512 points. Wyoming came in second with 276 points and UCI was third with 252 points. The top results for the `Pokes were third place finishes in the 3x100 Breaststroke (2:56.38), the 3x100 Butterfly (2:34.86), the 4x200 Freestyle (7:04.79) and the 400 Medley (3:32.46) relays.
"To start the morning we were a little tired and we got out a little slow," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "However, we were able to battle through and come out with two solid finishes at this event. Our finish was especially nice since we've now been in the water training for 10 straight days with no days off.
"I thought that Tamara (Lehnertz), Heidi (Thorson) and Krista (Jones) all had exceptional days."
The next competition for the Wyoming swimming and diving squads will be a pair of difficult dual meets in Laramie in two weeks. UW will first host the Washington Huskies at Corbett Pool on Thurs., Jan. 18th for a 5 p.m. meet. Two days later on Sat., Jan. 20th, Wyoming will face conference opponent UNLV at home beginning at noon.