Wyoming Sweeps Utah at Home

Jan. 25, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

With some tough competitive energy, boththe Cowboys and Cowgirls defeated the University of Utah in Corbett Pool onThursday.

The women defeated the Utes 125.5 to 117.5, giving them an overall recordof 4-2 and 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference.

The Cowgirls started the meet with consistent second place finishes. Itwas six events into the meet before the women came away with a victory.Junior Anne Haywood dominated the 100-butterfly with her season best time(1:00.28). Also coming away with a first place finish was Jody Riskowski(junior) in the 100-backstroke (59.89).

"The girls swam their hearts out today," said UW head coach Tom Johnson."At every meet, these girls keep getting better. They want to win."

The competition remained very close down to the last event, where a Cowgirlrelay team consisting of Riskowski, Katie Haywood, Allison Schmid and HeljaVanhalla took control and finished the 400-freestyle relay with a CorbettPool record of 3:32.68.

Two of the University of Utah swimmers also set Corbett Pool records duringthe dual. Sophomore Kristen Kaiser broke the record for the 200-freestyle(1:54.40) and senior Courtney McKinney broke the record for the200-individual medley (2:08.68).

The women divers kept the Cowgirls in contention as both sophomore ChanningKimball and freshman Lindsay Ahrens concluded with first place finishes.The duo set individual season high scores, with Kimball getting 236.78 forthe 3-meter competition and Ahrens scoring 207.2 for the 1-metercompetition.

"The diving really kept us in the competition," said Johnson. "They tookcare of business and did what they had to do."

The Cowboys dominated the meet as they defeated Utah 135-96, making UW 4-0overall and 2-0 in the MWC.

Junior Damian Storz continued his stellar success of the season as hefinished in first for both the 500 and 1000-freestyle events (4:49.13 and10:00.13, respectively). Senior Guy Fulfer also finished first in twoevents, including the 50-freestyle (21.68) and the 100-freestyle (47.17).

Also contributing to the Cowboy victory was freshman Jerram Chudleigh, whofinished first in the 200-freestyle (1:45.59) and second in the100-butterfly (51.89). Brad Leopold (sophomore) and Scott Usher both setindividual season high records for varying events, including the100-backstroke (53.06) and 100-breaststroke (58.20), respectively.

Senior Oscar Delgado demonstrated his diving ability as he scored hisseason best score of 317.025 for the 1-meter competition.

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls face off against BYU on Saturday in CorbettPool. The diving competition will begin at 9:30 AM and the dual will getunderway at 11:00 AM.