On a Memorable Night, Cowgirl Swimming and Diving Wins 2008 Border War

Feb. 8, 2008


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To call Friday night a banner night for the University of Wyoming swimming and diving program would be an understatement. The Cowgirls not only beat their arch-rival Colorado State 187-113, they didn't just break four Corbett Pool records but UW head coach Tom Johnson also notched the 100th victory of his career, all on one Friday night in Laramie, Wyo.

With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Mountain West Conference and clinch a third place finish in the final conference standings. CSU falls to 6-4 overall and 4-4 in the MWC.

"This is not just a win for the Cowgirls, this is a win for the entire UW swimming and diving program," said Johnson. "The 100th win couldn't have come on a better night and against a better opponent in our arch-rivals. I am so happy for our girls. Behind our guys cheering and a great crowd behind them, this was a great swimming and diving environment. Everyone at the pool tonight helped put these girls on top.

"It was especially good to have a lot of alumni here. So many special people have contributed to this team over the years. These 100 wins aren't mine, they are ours. This is all about the amazing athletes and coaches that have worn the bucking horse."

The meet couldn't have started better for the Cowgirls. After Stephanie Ortiz (282.30) and Brittany Wainwright (267.53) claimed the top-two spots in the three-meter diving event, the Cowgirls won the first two swimming events in Corbett Pool record time. The first record fell when Molly Janak, Lesley Young, Maggie Bach and Cassie Stelow turned in a first place time of 1:46.53 in the 200 medley relay. Aimee Stinson then won the 1000 freestyle in a pool record time of 10:29.56.

After that strong beginning, the Cowgirls rattled of wins in ten of the 13 remaining events. The highlights of those events were two more Corbett Pool records. The first came from Young in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.02) and the second came from Megan Evans in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.04).

The other UW first place finishes on the night came from Stephanie Vint in the 200 freestyle (1:54.65), Bach in the 100 (58.30) and 200 butterfly (2:10.57), Stelow in the 50 freestyle (23.85), Ortiz in one-meter diving (267.82), Stinson in the 500 freestyle (5:09.28), Evans in the 200 IM (2:09.39) and the 200 freestyle relay team (1:37.55). Stelow, Angela DeWolf, Erin Wagner and Bach swam that final winning relay.

"Overall, our girls were just on fire today," added Johnson. "We swam great and dove even better. I couldn't be more proud of this group."

The Cowgirls will return to action tomorrow as they join the Cowboys in hosting Air Force. The dual is set to begin at 1 p.m. with the first diving event beginning at 11:30 a.m.