Pool Records Fall as Cowgirls Dominate CSU in 2010 Border War

Feb. 4, 2010


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A total of three Corbett Pool records were set on Thursday by the Wyoming Cowgirl Swimming and Diving team as they defeated rival Colorado State 162-138. With the victory tonight, the Cowgirls locked in a second place finish in the final Mountain West Conference dual meet standings.

The Cowgirls advance to 13-1 overall and 6-1 in the MWC while the Rams fall to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference.

Earlier this week, the Cowgirls were awarded with a vote in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America top-25 poll, a first in school history.

"It was a great team effort tonight and I am very proud of how the girls swam tonight against our rival CSU," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We had some crazy fast times tonight by breaking three pool records. We had a few girls under the weather, but I am very proud of their performances tonight."

The first pool record that went down was also the first race of the night for the Cowgirls. Kelsey Conci, Lesley Young, Shelby Bull, and Cassie Stelow set the Corbett record last week in the 200 medley relay against San Diego State and less then a week later the same four Cowgirls broke it again tonight with a time of 1:43.54.

Stelow broke the Wyoming 50 freestyle pool record twice in a week as she set it against SDSU and broke it again tonight as well. Stelow swam a 23.20 and finished in first. After a diving break, fellow sprinter Bull swam the 100 freestyle in 51.20 to claim her own Corbett Pool record.

Winning multiple events for the Cowgirl swimmers was Stephanie Vint and Lesley Young. Vint swam the 200 freestyle in 1:54.17, and 500 freestyle in 5:08.94 and placed first in both. Young won both the 100 (1:04.18) and 200 (2:20.34) breaststrokes for the Cowgirls.

On the diving boards, the same three Cowgirls placed first, second and third on both boards. Senior captain Stephanie Ortiz started the meet by winning the three-meter springboard with a score of 313.88. Fellow senior Emily Huth was second with 276.68 while Allie Smith was third at 269.48.

Ortiz followed up her winning three-meter score with another great performance on one-meter. Ortiz won with a final score of 292.73, her second best mark of the season. Huth and Smith finished in second and third receptively.

"I really feel like the divers going one-two-three on both boards pulled us through and put us on top. They were just awesome again." Johnson added. "Cassie (Stelow) smashed the 50 free record again tonight. She and Shelby (Bull) were crazy fast tonight. We won some great events with Stephanie (Vint) and Lesley (Young) too. Now we look forward to Saturday against Air Force and our quest to win a Mountain West Conference Championship."

On Saturday both the Cowgirls and Cowboys will be in action against Air Force for the final dual meet of the season. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. in Colorado Springs, Colo.

After the Air Force dual, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will focus on the MWC Championships starting Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Oklahoma City, Okla.