Cowboy Swimming and Diving Knocks off Utah

Jan. 24, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team's traveled to Salt Lake City and split with the University of Utah, in a Friday afternoon dual. The Cowboys beat Utah by a score of 125-106 while the Cowgirls fell to the Utes 133.5-103.5.

With the win the Cowboys improve their Mountain West Conference dual record to 2-0 and their overall record to 7-2. The Cowboys won nine of 13 events on the day including the 400 freestyle relay. In that event Gene Birks, Jon George, Ted Dibble and Grant Kritzinger swam a time of 3:09.59 to come away with the victory.

Three Cowboys were two event winners on the day. Damian Storz won both the 500 and 1000 freestyles in respective times of 9:46.72 and 4:43.51. Jerram Chudleigh won both the 200 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. He swam the free in a time of 1:41.83 and the fly in 1:50.48. Adam Miller won both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events, with scores of 211.50 and 200.10 respectively.

Also earning first place finishes for the Cowboys were Ethan Maclean and Scott Usher. Maclean swam a time of 1:54.13 in the 200 backstroke to come away with the win. Usher won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:03.81.

"Our men raced great today," replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Damian swam very well and came through for us again and Jerram, Ethan and Scott also swam their tails off. I am also very pleased with the way Adam dove."

The Cowgirls suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Utes and managed to win only four events. The Cowgirls won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:38.53. Lindsay Springer, Katie Haywood, Allison Schmid and Janelyn Lilly swam the event. Allison Schmid was victorious in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:26.14. The highlight for the Cowgirls was their showing on the diving boards. Ashlie Niederer won the 1 meter board with a score of 222.37 and Shea Boyle won the 3 meter with 248.47 points. This marks Boyle's first win of the season.

"I am very pleased with our divers," replied Johnson. "I have to give them a big hand, they dove very well and won all four boards, which is very impressive."

The swimming and diving team will have to recover quickly as they travel to Provo to face BYU in a Saturday afternoon dual. The Cougars were preseason favorites to repeat as MWC champions on both the men's and women's side. The dual is scheduled to begin at noon.