Swimming and Diving Teams Defeat Denver University.

January 25, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams took advantage of a rare home meet on Friday, January 22, to gain wins over the Denver University Pioneers. The Cowgirls won 147-68, while the Cowboys posted a 132-106 victory.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls looked strong against DU by winning 14 of the 26 events. Coach Johnson exhibitioned some of his top swimmers in several events, allowing more opportunity for younger swimmers to post some fast times.

The Cowgirls had good efforts put in by each girl, posting several personal bests. Junior Jessica Schiffl won the 200 Free (2:00.03) with Jaime LaBrayere (2:04.14) and Stephanie Fuller (2:09.49) placing second and third, giving the Cowgirls a sweep in the event. Jennifer Rice dominated the 1000 Free (11:17.22) and the 500 Free(5:38.14), though the 500 Free was an exhibition for two UW swimmers.

Seniors Bethany Larsen and Theresa Nakao swam well for the team, as Larsen posted her fastest time of the season in the 50 Free (24.82). Nakao posted the winning time of the meet in the 100 Breast (1:08.23), but was exhibitioned for the event, allowing Jen Weidert (1:12.14) and Kathryn Piper (1:14.41) to place third and fourth in the event. Other top winners for the Cowgirls were Emily Hollon in the 100 Free (53.49), Jen Schurz in the 200 IM (2:15.34) and Jaime LaBrayere in the 100 Back (1:04.03). The women also won the 200 Relay Medley (1:52.30).

The Cowboy seniors led the men throughout the meet with Mickey Aberle, Kirk Hollingworth and Mike Hembree each swimming strong. Hembree won the 200 Free (1:47.30), and exhibitioned the 500 Free. Aberle won the 200 IM (1:58.27), and Hollingsworth had some of his best times this season.

Junior sprinter Colin Wallace won both the 50 Free (22.13) and the 100 Free (49.18), making him the only winner of multiple events for the Cowboys. Sophomore Robert Boysen added great depth for the Pokes as he won the 100 Fly (52.71), along with other young swimmers getting the opportunity to place and post some times for the Cowboys. Junior Phil Rehard placed second in the 100 Back (55.12) behing Doug Hyde of DU, while Hollingsworth was exhibitioned, but swimming the fastest time of theevent (53.75).The Cowboys also won the 200 Medley relay (1:37.72).

The Cowboys have a new addition to the team this semester. Per Malmberg has joined Wyoming after coming from Stockholm, Sweden. Coach Johnson feels that he will be a great addition to the team.

The diving team also had a good meet as both the UW men and the women swept the field in all 1-meter and 3-meter springboard. The women and the men went 1,2,3 in all the diving events.

Freshman Tara Walker won the 1-meter event with 255.45 points. Wendy O'Connell (245.95) placed second and Dominy Thompson (236.20) finished third. In the 3-meter, Dominy Thompson won with 238.90 points. Wendy O'Connell (239.25) was second and Laura Tierney (227.95) was third.

Oscar Delgado dominated both the 1-meter (312.15) and the 3-meter (287.70) with Christian Brienza second in the 1-meter (242.90) and third in the 3-meter (246.65). Zach Mills flip-flopped with Brienza placing third in the 1-meter (220.40) and second in the 3-meter (246.70).