Wyoming Swimming And Diving Suffers Tough Loss At BYU

Jan. 22, 2011

PROVO, Utah -

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The Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl swimming and diving teams both lost to the BYU Cougars on Saturday, in Provo, Utah.

The Cougars (7-1 overall, 4-1 Mountain West Conference) defeated the Cowgirls (7-2, 2-2 MWC), 188-112. The Cougar (3-2, 1-2 MWC) men defeated the Cowboys (3-3, 1-2 MWC), 177-123.

"I thought that the kids were pretty dead today from the night before," head swimming coach Tom Johnson said.

It was a tough day for the Cowboys and Cowgirls, winning a combined total of 10 events.

On the women's side the Cowgirls lost both of the relays for the second day in a row and it turned out to be too much to come back from. Kelsey Conci was the only multiple event winner for the Cowgirls in the 100 yard backstroke (55.90) and the 100 freestyle (51.79). Other event winners for the Cowgirls included Lizzie Justice in the 1000 free (10:32.03) and Stephanie Vint in the 500 free (5:05.78).

Like the Cowgirls, the Cowboys lost both of the relays and Tyler Kybartas was the only multiple event winner for the 'Pokes. Kybartas picked up victories in the 200 butterfly (1:54.12) and the 500 free (4:39.37). Other Cowboys picking up victories in today's meet were, Jayce Calhoon in the 1000 free (9:46.23), Jeff Frey in the 50 free (21.19) and Brandon Fischer in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.25).Today's diving rounds proved just as difficult for the Cowboys and Cowgirls, with the only victory coming from senior Allie Smith on the 3-meter springboard with a mark of 279.68. Other Cowgirl divers in action were Carolyn Wallace in fourth (240.68) and Sasha Andrie in sixth (226.20). Smith took second on the 1-meter board with a mark of 271.80, followed by Andrie in fifth place (234.90) and Wallace in sixth (232.58).

On the men's side Cowboys Kyle Bogner and Mark Murdock placed second and third, respectively, on both the 1-and 3-meter boards. Bogner placed second on the 1-meter with a mark of 330.00 and Murdock placed third (312.68). Bogner and Murdock also placed second and third on the 3-meter with scores of 354.45 and 300.23, respectively.

"We need to regroup and work on getting better this week," Johnson added. "We have a tougher meet against San Diego State next week and conference is just a few weeks away."

Up next for the Cowboys and Cowgirls is a trip to California. On Friday, Jan. 28 the Cowgirls will dual the San Diego State Aztecs at 1 p.m. Mountain Time, while the Cowboys will take on the University of California-San Diego Tritons at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. Wyoming Swimming and Diving will stay in California for the weekend to take on the University of Hawai'i and the San Diego Toreros on Saturday, Jan. 29 beginning at 1 p.m. Mountain Time.