Pool Records Fall as Wyoming and UNLV Dual in Laramie

Jan. 22, 2005

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In one of the fastest duals in Corbett Pool history, the University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team beat UNLV while the women fell to the Rebels, Saturday afternoon at Corbett Pool.

During the dual where six Corbett Pool records fell, the Cowboys knocked off UNLV 130-111 while the Cowgirls lost a 109-134 decision to theRebels.

The Cowboys (4-1 overall, 1-0 MWC), started the dual with a bang as they set a new Corbett Pool record with their first place time of3:20.53 in the 400 medley relay. Freshman Carl Marais, senior Scott Usher, junior Gene Birks and senior Grant Kritzinger swam the event for the Cowboys. UNLV's Jonathan Hugo set a new pool record with his 100 backstroke split of 50.79 in the relay.

Wyoming seniors are recognized before Saturday's dual meet. L to R: Scott Usher, Adam Miller, Bryce Perica, Grant Kritzinger, Kristin Lewis.

The Cowboys won the next two events as freshman Henry Holmberg won the 1000 freestyle (9:45.62) and Marais won the 200 freestyle (1:43.32). After UNLV took the 50 freestyle and 200 IM, sophomore Ron Fogel brought the Cowboys back as he set a new pool record in the 200 butterfly with his first place time of 1:48.95. The Cowboys then won three of the last four individual swimming events to secure the dual win. Marais won the 200 backstroke (1:52.57), Holmberg won the 500 freestyle (4:43.27) and in possibly the most exciting race of the day, Usher set a new Corbett Pool record in the only event that has eluded him in his storied career, the 200 breaststroke. He swam to a time of2:01.79 in the event as he closed out his career at Corbett Pool with the record swim.

The Cowboys finished first, second and third on both boards of diving as sophomore Kevin Bretting won the 1-meter board (281.03) and fellow sophomore John Lynch won the 3-meter (259.65).

"I'm so happy for our men," said UW head coach Tom Johnson."It was a very spirited meet and it's a great rivalry with us and UNLV. Scott has been looking for that record for a long time so it was great to see him finally get it. Ron's 200 fly time was amazing and would have gotten him into the NCAA's last year, but well have to see what it does this year. Our 400 medley relay also looked great in getting that pool record."

The Cowgirls (3-2 overall, 2-1 MWC) dropped their first conference dual of the season as UNLV won seven events and set two Corbett Pool records on the day. Sophomore Katie Bigger won the 200 freestyle as she swam to a time of 1:57.64. The only other swimming first place finish for the Cowgirls came from senior Kristin Lewis as she won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:13.36 on her senior day. UNLV's Raluca Udroiu set a new pool record in the 200 backstroke (2:05.94) and Kim Bonney set a new pool record in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.87).

As with the men, the Cowgirls finished first, second and third on both boards of diving with freshman Brittany Wainwright winning the 1-meter competition (241.88) and sophomore Saara Haapanen winning the 3-meter (277.50).

"Today was a bittersweet dual," added Johnson. "The girls raced really hard, we took them to the wall in every event and that made it hard to see us not get the win. Our girls raced hard, everysingle one of them. We had some great swim's today."

The swimming and diving team will return to action next weekend as they travel to the state of Utah for duals with Utah and BYU. Friday night, both teams will dual with Utah and Saturday afternoon they will take on BYU. Friday night's dual is set to begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday's dual will get underway at 12 p.m.