Cowboys In Third And Cowgirls In Fourth After First Day Of MWC Championships

Feb. 18, 2004

Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming men'sswimming and diving team sits in third place and the women in fourthafter the first day of competition at the 2004 Mountain WestConference Swimming and Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The divers led both the men and women, with five divers qualifyingfor the finals of the 1-meter board. Freshman Saara Haapanen'sthird place finish of 248.85 was the highest Wyoming finish of theday. Senior Shea Boyle also qualified for the finals, and then finished sixthwith a score of 229.05.

In men's 1-meter competition, three Cowboys qualified for thefinals with junior Adam Miller leading the way with a sixth placescore of 269.20. Freshmen John Lynch and Kevin Bretting finished inseventh and eighth place with respective scores of 256.75 and 244.65.

The swimming teams competed in both the 200 medley relay and the 800freestyle relay, setting three new school records. The Cowboy 200medley relay team of sophomore Ethan Maclean, junior Scott Usher,sophomore Gene Birks and junior Bryce Perica swam a fourth place timeof 1:30.50, a new school record. The 800 freestyle relay team ofBirks, junior Grant Kritzinger and freshmen Ron Fogel and Nick Kingswam to a fifth place finish of 6:47.98

The Cowgirl 200 medley relay team comprised of senior Katie Haywoodand freshmen Erin Spadinger, Heidi Thorson, and Tamara Lehnertz swam afifth place time of 1:45.50. The 800 freestyle relay team of Lehnertzand freshmen Katie Bigger, Lauren Beard and Holly Hansen swam a sixthplace time of 7:36.58. Both relay times are new school records.

"I am very pleased with our efforts today," said UW head coachTom Johnson. "The divers dove very well today and came through forus in a big way. They helped us stay in the thick of the meet. Saarawas great on the women's side and Adam also had a great day.

"Our relay's set new school records in three of four events.They really stepped up and raced hard."

Day two of the MWC Championships will begin tomorrow morning withpreliminary action beginning at 10 a.m. and final action gettingunder way at 6 p.m. (Central time). The championships will runthrough Saturday, Feb. 21.

Men's Team Scores1.  BYU1102.  Utah1093.  Wyoming994.  Air Force855.  UNLV70

Women's Team Scores1. BYU1082. Colorado State993. New Mexico964. Wyoming895. UNLV776. Utah627. Air Force508. San Diego State46