Wyoming Swimming And Diving Loses At UC Irvine

Jan. 10, 2004

Laramie, Wyo. (January 10, 2004) -- Both the University ofWyoming men's and women's swimming and diving teams fellto UC Irvine in a Saturday afternoon dual in Irvine, Calif.

The Cowboys fell to the Anteater men 110-131, losing theirsecond dual in as many days. The Cowboys (4-2 overall), wonsix of 13 events on the day including the 200 medley relay.In that event, Ethan Maclean, Scott Usher, Gene Birks andGrant Kritzinger swam a first place time of 1:34.65. BothUsher and Birks were multiple event winners on the day, withUsher winning the 100 and 200 breaststrokes in respectivetimes of 55.44 and 1:56.59. For the second consecutive day,Birks was a two event winner placing first in the 200freestyle and the 100 butterfly in times of 1:42.15 and50.25. Ethan Maclean claimed the other first place finishwith a time of 52.52 in the 100 backstroke.

On the women's side of the meet, the Anteater womentopped the Cowgirls 141-100. The Cowgirls (2-4 overall),won three of 13 events including both boards of diving.Saara Haapanen won the 3-meter board with a score of 273.23,more than 50 points better than the second place finisher.Shea Boyle came away with a first place finish on the1-meter board with a score of 224.10. The lone swimmingevent victory came in the final event of the day, the 200freestyle relay. Katie Haywood, Katie Bigger, Heidi Thorsonand Tamara Lehnertz swam to a first place time of 1:39.42.

The Wyoming swimming and diving teams will return to actionnext Thursday as they begin the Mountain West Conferenceportion of their schedule. Both teams will travel to UNLVfor a 6 PM dual.