Jan. 18, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In the City of Lights, the Wyoming swimming and diving team opened the second half of the season with a mixed night of results in a double dual meet with New Mexico and UNLV at Buchanan Natatorium on the UNLV campus in Las Vegas, Nev. The Cowgirls defeated New Mexico 200-100 but lost to UNLV 168-132. The Cowboys fell to the Rebels by a final score of 171-128.
With an even split, the Cowgirls are now 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference while the Cowboys fall to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
"We faced a very good team in UNLV and simply got beat. However, we picked up a nice win on the women's side against New Mexico," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "I thought UNLV was very sharp tonight and we were a little rusty. We haven't been in the water in a competitive setting in five weeks and it showed, which is a little disappointing. However, we did do some good things in the water and had an exceptional night on the diving boards."
The UW divers had a tremendous night and dominated each dual meet. They won all four diving events and swept the top-three spots in both men's events. Freshman Mark Murdock led the way for the Pokes and won both events. He finished with a score of 299.99 in the one-meter and 296.48 in the three-meter. Senior Brittany Wainwright won both women's events with a one-meter score of 270.50 and a three-meter score of 273.00.
"We had a great night of diving and are really stepping up and getting the job done," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "The guys had a great night in sweeping both events and the girls also did a very good job. I am especially excited about Mark Murdock and Kyle Bogner and their progression through their freshman seasons."
The swimmer's day was highlighted by six individual first place finishes, four of which came on the women's side of the meet. Freshman Stephanie Vint won the 200 freestyle (1:53.47), sophomore Cassie Stelow won the 50 freestyle (23.96), junior Aimee Stinson won the 500 freestyle (5:00.85) and sophomore Megan Evans won the 200 IM (2:06.66). Stinson also had a great swim in the 1000 freestyle and broke her own school record with a second place time of 10:16.40.
The UW swimming and diving team will return to the friendly confines of Corbett Pool for a pair of MWC dual meets next weekend. They will host Utah on Friday night and BYU on Saturday. Friday's meet will begin at 5 p.m. and the action will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday.