Swimming And Diving Struggles At MWC Championships

Feb. 19, 2004

Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyoming men'sand women's swimming and diving teams both fell in the standingsafter the second day of competition at the 2004 MWC Championships, inOklahoma City, Okla. The Cowboys fell to fifth place and the Cowgirlsdropped to sixth.

Four-time defending conference champion BYU leads the men's andwomen's field with 305 and 251 points, respectively. Utah trailsthe Cougars in men's action with 280 points, followed by Air Force(225), UNLV (221) and Wyoming (186). The Rams hold the No. 2 spot inwomen's action with 231 points, followed by UNLV (204), Utah (180),New Mexico (136), Wyoming (130), Air Force (106) and San Diego State(90).

The Wyoming performance of the day came from freshman Lauren Beardwho placed fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.85. Herpreliminary time of 2:06.27 is the second fastest time in Wyominghistory. Senior Katie Haywood placed 16th in the 50 freestyle with atime of 24.43. The 200 freestyle relay team of Haywood and freshmenHeidi Thorson, Bigger and Tamara Lehnertz swam to a sixth place timeof 1:36.62, the second fastest time in UW history.

On the men's side of the meet, freshman John Lynch's fourth placefinish on the 3-meter board was the highest Cowboy finish of the day.He finished with a score of 470.55. Junior Adam Miller placed seventhin the event with a score of 423.10.

Freshman Ron Fogel came away with the top Cowboy swimming finish ofthe day with a fifth place time of 4:34.35 in the 500 freestyle.Freshman Emre Aydin finished 12th in the event with a time of 4:40.24. The Cowboy 200 freestyle relay team was touched out by Air Force, byone-hundreth of a second, and finished fifth with a time of 1:23.64.

"We had a pretty rough day," said UW head coach Tom Johnson."I thought the women held their own but having only two swimmers inthe finals kind of broke our back. We are in a pretty good positionto make a nice run on New Mexico tomorrow. Lauren had the swim of theday and I am very pleased with that.

"The men have dug themselves a little bit of a hole and they haveto find a way to battle out of it."

Day three 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 Scores

1.  BYU3052.  Utah2803.  Air Force2254.  UNLV2215.  Wyoming186

Women's Team Scores

1.  BYU2512.  Colorado State2313.  UNLV2044.  Utah1805.  New Mexico1366.  Wyoming1307.  Air Force1068.  San Diego State90

*see complete results at www.themwc.com*