Jan. 18, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On a day where four Corbett Pool records were broken, the University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team defeated UNLV 156-75, while the women fell to the Rebels 107-133.
The Wyoming men jumped out to an early lead on the rebels and never looked back. The Cowboys won 11 of 13 events and broke three Corbett pool records. In the first event of the day, the 200 yard medley relay, Ethan Maclean, Scott Usher, Jerram Chudleigh and Jon George set a new Corbett pool record with a time of 1:33.00. The record (1:33.47) was previously held by BYU and was set last season. Scott Usher broke his own pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.26. Freshman Ethan Maclean also set a new pool record in the 100 backstroke. He swam a 51.30 which bettered Gary Hurring's (Hawaii) time of 51.43 which has stood since 1984.
In his last action in Corbett Pool, senior captain Damian Storz won both the 500 and 1000 freestyle's in respective times of 4:45.93 and 9:59.43. Sophomore Jerram Chudleigh was also a two event winner on the day. He won both the 200 freestyle (1:44.31) and the 100 freestyle (47.33). Grant Kritzinger was victorious in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.55.
In his first action as a Wyoming Cowboy, Gene Birks of Byron Bay, Australia, won the 100 butterfly in a time of 51.43. He also placed second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.70. Diver Adam Miller won the 3 meter board with a score of 242.55. In the final event of the day the 400 freestyle relay team of Birks, George, Ted Dibble and Kritzinger won the event with a time of 3:08.17.
"We swam extremely well and dominated the meet from the beginning," replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I am very pleased with the pool records we set. Ethan's 100 backstroke was very impressive and our 200 medley relay team swam extremely well. Scott stepped up as well to break his own record."
On the women's side of the meet the Cowgirls swam extremely well but came up just short of UNLV's 133 points. The Cowgirls came away with three event victories on the day. Kristin Lewis won the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:53.61. Senior captain's Jody Riskowski and Allison Schmid also went out with a bang by winning the 50 freestyle and the 200 IM. Riskowski won the 100 freestyle with a time of 24.51 and Schmid won the 200 IM in 2:11.96.
The women's 100 breaststroke pool record also fell today. UNLV freshman Shayna Burns swam a 1:05.17 to better Utah's, Tessa Greeger's time of 1:05.36. Greeger set the mark last season.
"Our girls really battled today and that was very exciting to see," replied Johnson. "I am very proud of the way they swam. We need to keep our focus for conference and keep getting after it."
The Wyoming swimming and diving team will have little time to recover as they will travel to the state of Utah for weekend duals with BYU and Utah. The Pokes will swim against Utah on Friday, January 24 and BYU on Saturday the 25th.
"Next week we have a serious test ahead of us with Utah and BYU," said Johnson. The Cougars were preseason favorites to repeat as MWC champions on both the men's and women's sides while Utah was picked to finish fourth on both sides of the conference.