Wyoming Swimming and Diving Sweeps Utah in MWC Dual Meet

Jan. 25, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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In a dominating performance that included first place finishes in 23 of 32 events, the University of Wyoming swimming and diving team swept Utah in Mountain West Conference dual action, Friday night at Corbett Pool. The Cowgirls beat the Utes by a score of 169-130 while the Cowboys cruised to a 174-121 victory.

With today's wins, the Cowgirls improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the MWC while the Cowboys improve to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Utah falls to 5-4, 3-2 on the women's side and 0-5, 0-3 on the men's side.

"I am proud of our kids. We had a great meet up and down the line and picked up two nice wins," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "The divers were lights out and set the tone by winning a ton of points. I thought we raced hard and put a great team effort out there. We are getting better every weekend and need to keep working hard and improving as we get set for the final push of the season."

The UW divers had a dominating night and claimed the top-two spots in all four diving events. Freshman Mark Murdock won both men's events with a one-meter score of 320.55 and a three-meter score of 338.10, both of which are the fifth highest marks in UW history. Senior Brittany Wainwright won the women's one-meter (259.87) and sophomore Stephanie Ortiz won the three-meter (288.83).

The Cowgirl swimmers were paced by sophomore Megan Evans and junior Aimee Stinson who each won two individual events. Evans was victorious in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.23) and 200 IM (2:08.98) while Stinson won the 500 (5:13.26) and 1000 freestyles (10:36.23). Evans' time in the 200 breaststroke was good enough to break her own Corbett Pool record from earlier this season. Other Cowgirls who won events included freshman Lesley Young (100 breaststroke in 1:05.79), sophomore Cassie Stelow (50 freestyle in 24.26) and freshman Erin Wagner (200 backstroke in 2:07.40).

For the Cowboys, a pair of relay victories set the pace for the win. They won the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:27.18 and the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:07.09.

Individually, the Pokes were paced by senior Sam King and juniors Eli Bell, Alex Larkin and Matt Urich who each won two events. King swam to first place finishes in the 200 backstroke (1:53.86) and 200 IM (1:55.56), Bell won the 100 (46.56) and 200 freestyles (1:42.58), Larkin won the 100 (57.82) and 200 breaststrokes (2:05.99) and Urich claimed the top-spot in the 100 (51.43) and 200 butterflies (1:55.96). Other Cowboys who won events included sophomores Robbie Hilton (1000 freestyle in 9:55.00) and Tommy Gregory (50 freestyle in 21.45).

"Our men started things off with a bang by winning the first diving event, sweeping the medley relay and then winning the next two events. Our women also had some great wins, but what really stood out was our depth. Both teams raced hard enough to win and should be proud of their effort. Now we need to get refocused overnight and be ready for a real test tomorrow in BYU."

About 16 hours after the conclusion of Friday's meet, the UW swimming and diving team will return to the pool as they host the league leading BYU Cougars. The diving is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. and the swimming will begin at 12 p.m. at Corbett Pool.