Wyoming Swimmers Break Five School Records at MWC Championships

Feb. 16, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyomingswimming and diving team bounced back from a disappointing outingThursday and turned out on outstanding third day of competition Fridayat the conference championships which saw them break five school recordsand earn an individual conference title.

Sophomore Damian Storz won the 400 IM with a time of 3:55.78 to claimthe conference title in that event for the second consecutive year. Histime was also good enough to give him a NCAA "B" cut qualifying time forthe upcoming national championships.

Four individual and one relay record were broken Friday by Wyomingswimmers. Senior Buddy Boysen of Laramie broke his own school record inthe 100 butterfly by placing second overall with a time of 48.48, whichalso gives him a NCAA "B" cut time. Freshman Brad Leopold set a newschool record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.86, which was goodenough for a fifth-place finish.

Cowgirl sophomore Allison Schmid set a new UW record in the 200 freeafter placing fourth in that event with a time of 1:52.50. SophomoreMabry Fiddler broke the school record in the 400 individual medley witha third-place finishing time of 4:26.83. The women's 800 free relayteam of Schmid, freshman Lauren Bush, Fiddler and junior Jennifer Schurzset a new school record with a time of 7:40.31, which placed them infourth.

"We had an outstanding day today," said Wyoming head coach TomJohnson. "The kids swam their hearts out, it was just an unbelievablygreat day for us."

The Wyoming women moved up to fifth place overall in the team standingswith 291 points, just six points behind fourth place Utah and 24.50points behind third place UNLV. BYU remains in first in the women'sstandings with 555.50 points.

The Pokes remain in fourth place with 332.50 points, but gained groundon third place Air Force who have 378 points. UNLV holds a slim 9.50point lead on second place BYU.

Other outstanding performances by Wyoming athletes were given byfreshman Ashley Mallet (fifth in the 400 IM), sophomore Jake Weidert(third in the 400 IM), senior Al Jarrell (fifth in the 400 IM),sophomore Angie Sax (fifth in the 100 butterfly), sophomore Ted Dibble(fifth in the 200 free), sophomore Jody Riskowski (fourth in the 100back) and junior Oscar Delgado (third on the three-meter springboard).

"I'm just so pleased with our effort and the record-breakingperformances we're having, the team is just doing a tremendous job."Johnson said.

The Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships willconclude on Saturday evening in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Overall Team Standings After Day Three:

Women Men

1. BYU 555.50 1. UNLV 5652. CSU 368 2. BYU 556.503. UNLV 315.50 3. Air Force 3784. Utah 297 4. Wyoming 332.505. Wyoming 291 5. Utah 2056. San Diego St 2417. Air Force 2228. New Mexico 158

Wyoming Individual Results:

Women

400 IM3. Mabry Fiddler 4:26.83*5. Ashley Mallett 4:31.088. Darcrea Corey 4:36.31

100 Butterfly5. Angie Sax 56.219. Jennifer Schurz 57.23

200 Free4. Allison Schmid 1:52.50*

100 Breast12. Crystal Mecham 1:06.4214. Missy Lewis 1:07.2115. Lindsey Springer 1:07.63

100 Back4. Jody Riskowski 57.0610. Ryan Springer 58.20

800 Free Relay4. Schmid, Bush, Fiddler, Schurz 7:40.31*

Men

400 IM1. Damian Storz 3:55.783. Jake Weidert 3:59.495. Al Jarrell 4:02.77

100 Butterfly2. Buddy Boysen 48.48*10. Jason Garman 50.1111. Jake Rehard 50.5515. John Christianson 52.23

200 Free5. Ted Dibble 1:39.478. Guy Fulfer 1:40.3415. Jon George 1:44.37

100 Breast10. Jon McNeely 58.12

100 Back5. Brad Leopold 50.86*13. Buddy Boysen 53.43

3-Meter Springboard3. Oscar Delgado 526.858. Christian Brienza 379.65

800 Free Relay3. Dibble, Fulfer, Storz, Weidert 6:46.26

* New Wyoming School Record