Cowgirls Defeat Air Force for First Conference Win of Season

Jan. 19, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

After being on the road for two weeks, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving teams returned home to Corbett Pool on Saturday to beat the Air Force Academy, 139-104, for their first conference win of the season.

Junior Allison Schmid led the Cowgirls on her 21st birthday, as she came away with two first place finishes including the 200-freestyle (1:56.90) and the 500-freestyle (5:18.12). Mabry Fiddler (junior) also swam well against the Falcons as she finished in first in two events as well. Fiddler dominated the 200-individual medley (2:14.17) and the 200-breaststroke (2:29.59).

Sophomore Ashley Mallet and juniors Jody Riskowski and Lindsey Springer all came away with first in various events. Mallet finished the 200-butterfly in 2:11.74 and finished third in the 1000-freestyle (11:09.05). Riskowski completed the 50-freestyle in 25.16 and Springer finished with her season best time for the 100-freestyle with a 54.35 time.

Freshman Helja Vanhalla made her collegiate debut with tremendous success as she finished the dual with two second place finishes, including the 200-freestyle (1:58.90) and the 100-freestyle (54.45).

A Cowgirl team consisting of Riskowski, Missy Lewis, Jen Schurz and Katie Haywood combined together to take first place in the 400-medley relay (4:00.84). Vanhalla, Schmid, Haywood and Springer also finished in first for the 200-freestyle relay (1:39.40).

"The environment was great and the girls swam sharp," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We swam very well today. We had a good meet and prepared them well for this event."

The diving team struggled against Air Force despite sophomore Channing Kimball placing second for the 1-meter competition (227.325). The team competed without Lauren Colaric due to an injury she experienced while training in Irvine, Calif.

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls stay at home to compete against the University of Utah on Jan. 24 at 5:00 PM in Corbett Pool.