Cowgirl Swimming And Diving Shocks CSU

Jan. 28, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

For the first time in 24 years,the Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team defeated Colorado State ina dual meet, 122-121. UW had been 0-35 in dual meets versus CSU sincedual meet records began being kept in 1974-75.

The meets outcome wasn't decided until the final event, the 400 freerelay. Wyoming needed only to place second to win, but adisqualification by Wyoming's "A" relay team almost cost them thevictory. However, Wyoming's "B" relay team (Ryan Springer, JenniferSchurz, Jody Riskowski and Jen Rice) stepped it up and finished secondto secure Cowgirl victory.

UW's divers competed strong during the opening session of the dual,giving the Cowgirls a 31-7 advantage heading into the swimming events.Wyoming took the top three places in the one-meter and three of the topfour in the three-meter. Junior Wendy O'Connell swept both divingevents, winning the one-meter (267.30) and three-meter (268.575). SeniorDominy Alderman took second in the one-meter (256.80) and senior LauraTierney placed second in the three-meter (261.30). O'Connell andAlderman both qualified for the NCAA Zone Qualifier with their marks inthe one-meter. "We really have worked all year to getting our focustowards the end of the season and we've started to do that," UW divingcoach Jason Baumann said. "We did a great job two weeks ago against Utahand BYU and didn't look intimidated. The hard work the divers have putin all year is really starting to show in their results."

Cowgirl swimmers won five individual events against CSU. Senior JenRice won two events, the 1000 free (10:33.11) and the 500 free(5:10.72). Rice broke a pool record in the 1000 free. Senior EmilyHollon won the 50 free (24.78) and also placed second in the 100 free.Freshman Allison Schmid placed first in the 200 IM (2:13.28) andfreshman Angie Sax won the 200 fly (2:11.25).

Other strong performances were given by senior Jen Weidert who placedsecond in the 200 fly (2:13.39), senior Jaime LaBrayere who took secondin the 200 free (1:57.66), senior Jessica Schiffl who finished second inthe 500 free (5:14.30) and freshman Darcrea Corey who took second in the200 back (2:09.18).

"Wow, I am so happy," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "What a monkey toget off our back, I mean in 24 years and 35 meets we have never beatenCSU, this is huge.

"I told the girls before the meet that we had to go out and give themour "A" game and we had to just go out and swim our hearts out and if wedid we could maybe win the meet.

"It was an emotional night for us with it being our senior night. Thegirls have done so much in the last two years and have worked extremelyhard. I have high expectations and high demands as a coach and I'm notthe easiest person to deal with but it's paid off for them.

"This victory shows what heart and Wyoming pride is about. It's been anemotional night, I'm drained." Johnson said.

The victory improved Wyoming's overall dual record to 6-1, 4-1 in theMountain West Conference.