Cowgirl Swimming and Diving Team Earns Two Conference Dual Wins

Jan. 20, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Cowgirlswimming and diving team improved its season record to 7-1, 3-1 inconference Saturday, after defeating Air Force and New Mexico inColorado Springs, Colo. The Cowgirls just edged the Falcons 57-56, andoutlasted the Lobos 64-49 for the victories.

Three Cowgirl swimmers picked up wins to help lead Wyoming. FreshmanLauren Bush won the 200 free in a time of 1:57.94, sophomore Angie Saxtook the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:09.03 and sophomore Allison Schmidplaced first in the 200 breaststroke. Schmid also placed third in the200 free and fourth in the 500 free.

Wyoming's women also swept both relay events, winning the 400 medleyrelay with a time of 3:59.95 and the 400 free relay with a season besttime of 3:36.55.

Senior diver Wendy O'Connell took third on the one-meter springboardand sophomore Lauren Colaric placed third on the three-meter.

The Wyoming men weren't as strong as the women, falling to Air Force133-108. The loss drops the Pokes' season record in duals to 4-3, 1-2in the MWC.

Sophomore sensation Damian Storz was once again the story for theCowboys winning three events against the Falcons. Storz took first inthe 1000 free (10:02.57), the 200 IM (1:57.44) and the 500 free(4:45.08).

Junior diver Oscar Delgado swept the diving events, winning theone-meter with a score of 284.60 and the three-meter with a mark of298.70.

Sophomore Jake Weidert was the only other Cowboy to win an individualevent, taking the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:53.98. UW's 400 freerelay team also placed first. Junior Guy Fulfer had a solid outingagainst Air Force as well, placing second in the 100 free and third inthe 200 free.

"We were very fortunate to pick up both victories on the women's sidetoday," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We had to leave two of ourtop swimmers at home because they were ill so that left us shorthanded,but the rest of the team stepped it up and we were able to get by bothAir Force and New Mexico today in a meet that shouldn't have been asclose as it ended up.

"The men were shorthanded as well today, but that's still no excuse forwhy we didn't swim better today. Damian (Storz) was Damian today and heis just solid for us every week. We still need to learn how to get morefocused for meets like this. The Air Force men were really up for thisone since we beat them last year in Laramie." Johnson said.

The Cowgirls will hit the pool Friday, Jan. 24, in Fort Collins whenthey compete against rival Colorado State. Last season in Laramie, thewomen defeated the Rams in a dual meet for the first time in schoolhistory. The women will then come home Jan. 25 and join the men's teamfor a dual meet against the Colorado School of Mines. The home meetwill begin at 1:00 pm at Corbett Pool.