Cowgirl Swimming and Diving Beats CSU for the First Time in Ram's Pool

Feb. 4, 2005

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - .

The University of Wyomingwomen's swimming and diving team beat Colorado State for the firsttime ever in Fort Collins, Friday night. The win is only the secondwin over CSU in Wyoming history as the Cowgirls beat the Rams 122-121in Laramie in 2000.

With the 1-meter diving event to be held tomorrow, the Cowgirls built an insurmountable 124-100 lead tonight. The 1-meter board will be held tomorrow at the Air Force Diving Invite and the final score will be updated following tomorrow's competition.The Cowgirls (4-4 overall, 3-3 Mountain West Conference), won eight of 12 events including both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay in tonight's dual. The Cowgirls started the dual off with a bang as freshman Rachel Leyes, sophomore Erin Spadinger, sophomoreHeidi Thorson and freshman Haley Bonin won the 200 medley relay in atime of 1:48.37. Individually, Lehnertz led the way for the Cowgirlsas she won both the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. She swam toa time of 1:55.81 in the 200 and 53.41 in the 100. She concluded hernight as a member of the first place 200 freestyle relay team. I thatrelay, Thorson, Bonin, Lehnertz and junior Kenzie Kotby swam to afirst place time of 1:37.10.

Other individual first place finishes for the Cowgirls came from sophomore Lauren Beard in the 200 IM (2:10.37), Thorson in the 100butterfly (58.58), sophomore Lindsey Russenberger in the 100breaststroke (1:06.22) and freshman Ginni van Katwijk on the 3-metrerdiving board (440.65).

The divers scores were added to the dual from today's Air ForceDiving Invite in Colorado Springs, Colo. There, van Katwijk's scoregave her a third place finish in the invite. Freshman BrittanyWainwright finished sixth (401.75) and sophomore Saara Haapanenfinished seventh (396.35).

"This is the first time we have ever beaten CSU in their pool and I couldn't be prouder of our kids," said UW head coach Tom Johnson."To come in here and win both relays in their pool and pick up theother huge events that we did makes this a sweet, historical victoryfor Wyoming swimming and diving. Tonight, everything is right in theCowboy Nation.

"It was a very close meet and our girls raced extremely hard.Tamara swam great in the 100 and 200 freestyles, Lauren was awesome inthe 200 IM, Lindsey swam very tough in the breaststroke, Heidi swam agreat 100 fly and it is great to see Ginni come in and get a big scoreon the 3-meter board."

The Cowboy divers also competed in the Air Force Diving Invite today as they claimed the top-three spots in the 3-meter competition.Senior Adam Miller led the way for the Pokes as he won the event witha score of 495.50. Sophomore John Lynch finished second (470.00) andsophomore Kevin Bretting finished third (456.65).

The Cowgirls will join the Cowboys tomorrow as both teams travel to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force and close out the MWC dualportion of the schedule. The dual is set to begin at 1 p.m. Thedivers will conclude their competition in the Air Force Diving Invitetomorrow as well, as they compete in the 1-meter and platform events.