Wyoming Swimming And Diving Teams Fall To Brigham Young

Jan. 15, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Brigham Young University sweptboth the men's and women's dual meets Saturday in Laramie, giving bothWyoming teams their first losses of the season. BYU?s men defeated theCowboys 136-107, dropping the Pokes' overall season dual record to 4-1,2-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cowgirls were beat 145-97,giving UW a record of 5-1, 3-1 in conference.

The Cowboys gave the Cougars a much more competitive meet than in theteams previous meeting last season in Provo, Utah, when BYU defeatedWyoming 157-81.

Freshman Damian Storz was the top Cowboy swimmer as he placed first inboth the 400 IM (4:09.52) and the 500 free (4:46.33). Storz won the 400IM by nearly six seconds over second-place finisher Al Jarrell ofWyoming. Junior Buddy Boysen also placed first for the Poke swimmerstaking top honors in the 100 butterfly (50.34). Wyoming also won the200 free relay (1:25.96).

Sophomore diver Oscar Delgado had two strong showings taking first inthe one-meter (267.375) and second in the three-meter (279.30). Delgadomissed first-place in the three-meter by only one point. JuniorChristian Brienza placed third in the one-meter (262.80).

The Cowgirl swimmers were led by senior Jen Rice who placed first inboth the 1650 free (18:04.16) and the 500 free (5:15.01). FreshmanDarcrea Corey picked up a victory in the 400 IM (4:46.35) and freshmanAngie Sax won the 100 butterfly (59.54). Senior Jessica Schiffl had twosecond-place finishes in the 200 free (1:59.08) and the 500 free(5:20.47).

In diving sophomore Sadie West had one of her best performanes of theseason placing second in the one-meter (234.525). Senior DominyAlderman placed third in the one-meter (232.50).

"I'm not into moral victories but the differential that we've made upwith Utah and BYU is huge. The kids have a lot of confidence right nowand they're feeling good about what we're doing," UW head coach TomJohnson said. "We just have to keep building this into the next fewweeks and into conference and maybe we can even beat BYU at conference.They (BYU) are an extremely talented team and to give them the kind ofrun we gave them today is a giant leap for our program and our kids.

"The kids should be happy with their showing today but they can't becontent, we have to keep working hard and continue to focus on theconference championships. Last year conference was our best showing allyear so that makes me feel real good about where we are heading rightnow." Johnson said.