Swimming and Diving Successful Over Busy Weekend

February 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

This past weekend the University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving teams were competing both at home and on the road. The men's and women's swim teams started the weekend at home on Feb. 5 against a strong University of New Mexico team.

The Cowboys defeated the Lobos at Corbett Pool 120-117 and the Cowgirls also came away with a win against UNM 110-95. The men and women both swam well against New Mexico, winning 11 of the 22 events competed at Corbett Pool. The relay teams for both the men and the women won all four events over UNM's relay teams and were the highlights of the meet.

Jen Rice, Theresa Nakao, Bethany Larsen, Emily Hollon and Jessica Schiffl were the top performers for the women. Guy Fulfer, Kirk Hollingworth, Mickey Aberle and Mike Hembree competed strongly for the Cowboys in the win over the Lobos. Nakao, Larsen, Hollingsworth, Aberle and Hembree swam the last home meet of their careers, as they will be graduating.

After defeating the Lobos, the Cowboy team traveled to Ft. Collins, on Saturday, Feb. 6, to compete against Northern Arizona University. The women's team was also in Ft. Collins for dual meets with both Northern Arizona and Colorado State. Both the Wyoming teams defeated Northern Arizona University, while the Cowgirls lost to CSU. Although the women spilt the duals, Coach Johnson was still very excited and pleased with the performances of his teams. The men defeated NAU 137-101 and the women defeated NAU 123-118. The women were defeated by CSU 176-65.

The women swam very strong against both teams, and Coach Johnson felt both teams (men and women) put in a stronger performance against NAU and CSU than they did against the Lobos. The women were without the help of freshman Jennifer Schurz due to an illness, which was a tough loss for the women.

The women's dual against Northern Arizona was so close that the outcome was still unknownuntil the diving scores were added in. Strong diving performances by Tara Walker and Wendy O'Connell gave the Cowgirls the needed points for the slim team victory.

Diving scores for both the men and women were taken from results at the USAFA Diving Invitational.

The men also had a close meet with the Lumberjacks, and in the end the diving scores and placing 1-2-3 in the 200 Fly proved to be the difference. Colin Wallace, Jaime Snider, Oscar Delgado and Guy Fulfer all had really strong meets according to Coach Johnson.

Wyoming swimming and diving teams won four duals combined in two days in their final meets prior to the WAC Championships.

The results of the BYU vs. Wyoming dual on Jan.30, were also released this last week. The Cowboys were defeated by BYU 157-81, while the women were also defeated by the Cougars 142-94.