Utah's Men Squeak by Cowboys

Jan. 27, 2006

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Utah men's swimming and diving team won the 1-meter diving event at Saturday's Air Force Diving Invite to squeak past the Cowboys 126-117 in MWC Dual action.

The Cowboys won six of 12 events Friday night in Corbett Pool including two big event sweeps. The Pokes picked up some big points as they swept both the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke. Their first event sweep came in the 200 IM as Sam King finished first (1:56.19), Dan Jones finished second (1:57.03) and Sam Shook placed third (1:57.27). They also swept the 200 breaststroke as Jones placed first (2:11.06), Will McCallum finished second (2:13.05) and Alex Larkin finished third (2:15.56). Henry Holmberg had an outstanding day as he won both the 500 and 1000 freestyles. He swam a time of 4:34.98 in the 500 and 9:45.10 in the 1000. The other event victories came from Eli Bell in the 200 freestyle (1:43.59) and Ron Fogel in the 200 butterfly (1:55.04).

The Cowgirls had a strong meet but lost to the top-ranked team in the MWC by a score of 146-96. The Cowgirls managed to take four events from the Utes including the 400 freestyle relay. In that relay, Aimee Stinson, C.J. Bray, Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz swam a time of 3:34.63. Stinson led the Cowgirls with a pair of first place finishes as she won both the 500 and 1000 freestyles in respective times of 5:10.25 and 10:40.27. The Cowgirls also had a strong 200 breaststroke as Lindsey Russenberger placed first (2:24.89) and Erin Spadinger placed second (2:25.63).

At the Air Force Diving Invite, Brittany Wainwright had the performance of the day as she broke a school record in 3-meter diving. Her score of 298.80 was good for a second place finish. Ginni van Katwijk also dove in the finals where she placed seventh with a score of 238.60. In men's 3-meter action, Kevin Bretting led the Cowboys with a fourth place score of 293.30 and John Lynch placed sixth with a score of 277.35.

"The men's dual really went back and forth, it seemed like we would pick up a string of points and then they would," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Our guys swam their hearts out and I am very proud of them.

"Utah's women are very tough and I thought our girls raced hard and gave them a good meet. We really shined in the distance, breaststroke and in the 400 free relay. Aimee had a spectacular day and really carried us. Brittany had a great day in Colorado Springs and broke the school record in 3-meter and I am very proud of her. I also thought our relays were very encouraging and were about as sharp as they have been all season."