Wyoming Swimming And Diving Teams Begin Competition At MWC Championships

Feb. 16, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming men'sand women's swimming and diving teams began competition at the inauguralMountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday inOklahoma City, Okla., at the Oklahoma City Community College AquaticCenter.

Only three events (200 free relay, 200 medley relay and one-meterspringboard) were on the opening days agenda. The Cowgirls made themost of the first day by finishing fifth in both relays and ended theday in third-place in the team standings. The 200 medley relay team offreshman Missy Lewis, freshman Jody Riskowski, freshman Angie Sax andfreshman Ryan Springer broke a UW school record with a time of 1:47.43.The previous record was 1:47.94, which was set in 1994.

Senior diver Dominy Alderman led all Cowgirl divers with herseventh-place finish in the one-meter with a score of 334.75.

"I'm very pleased with the women's performances at this point," said UWhead coach Tom Johnson. "We had very solid swims in all the women'srelays, they had a lot of energy and gave a great effort. It was nicefor Dominy to give us a good start with her performance in diving and itwas big for us that all four divers scored points for the team today."Johnson said.

The men weren't as lucky as the women as they found themselves infifth-place in the team standings after the first day of events. TheCowboys' 200 medley relay team was disqualified, costing the Cowboysmuch needed points. The 200 free relay team tied for third with Utah(1:23.24).

Sophomore Oscar Delgado placed fifth on the one-meter springboard(468.20).

"The men had a great free relay, they were very fast and I was pleasedwith that performance. Diving went well, Oscar and Christian both dovewell and I was happy with the contributions both gave to the team.

"It was very disappointing though that the 200 medley relay team gotdisqualified again. We were also disqualified last year in the sameevent, and I'm so disappointed that we've dug ourselves into another bigwhole on the first day of the meet. We're still up right now though andwe are going to keep battling and hopefully the men can plug away andcomeback in the next few days." Johnson said.

The Mountain West Conference Championships continue Thursday and willconclude Saturday.

Results from day one of the Mountain West ConferenceSwimming and Diving Championships

Team Scores

Men Women1 Brigham Young 137 points 1 Brigham Young 133 points2 Air Force 89 2 Utah 1113 Utah 87 3 Wyoming 844 UNLV 80 4 Colorado State 755 Wyoming 52 5 UNLV 66 6 Air Force 59 7 New Mexico 52 8 San Diego State 25

Individual Results --

One-meter springboard (men)Oscar Delgado (so) 5th 468.20Christian Brienza (jr) 10th 371.95

One-meter springboard (women)Dominy Alderman (sr) 7th 334.75Wendy O'Connell (jr) 10th 314.90Laura Tierney (sr) 12th 298.10Sadie West (so) 13th 281.10