UNLV Tops Wyoming in MWC Dual Meet

Jan. 16, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Both the University ofWyoming men's and women's swimming and diving teams fellto UNLV in MWC action Thursday night in Las Vegas, Nev. TheRebels defeated the Cowboys 124-115 while the Cowgirls fell157-87.

The Cowboys (4-3, 0-1 MWC), finished first in five of 13events on the day, including both diving boards. In thoseevents, Adam Miller won the 1-meter board with a score of296.50 and John Lynch won the 3-meter, scoring 307.90points.

On the swimming side of the dual, Emre Aydin captured afirst place finish in the 1000 freestyle with a time of9:51.31. Gene Birks won the 200 freestyle in a time of1:43.02 and Scott Usher won the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.08.

The Cowgirls (2-5, 1-2 MWC), won two of 13 events on theday, with both wins coming on the diving boards and bothwins coming from freshmen. Emily Keefer won the 1-meterboard with a score of 234.75 and Saara Haapanen won the3-meter with a score of 252.00.

"I am disappointed in the way we swam today," said UWhead coach Tom Johnson. "However, I have to give UNLVcredit, they swam hard.

"I thought that our divers dove great today. They gaveus a chance to win the meet, especially on the men's side. Our girls swam hard and I am especially pleased with ourrelays, we swam our fastest relay times of the year today.I also thought that Tamara Lehnertz and Erin Spadinger swamvery hard. Erin swam her best meet of the year."

The men's and women's swimming and diving team's willnow return to Laramie after being on the road for two weeks. They will host Utah on Thursday, Jan. 22 and BYU onSaturday, Jan. 24. Both duals will be held at Corbett Poolwith the Utah dual beginning at 5 PM and BYU gettingunderway at 1:00 PM.