Wyoming Swimming and Diving Competes in First Day of MWC Championships

Feb. 19, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo -

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After the first day ofcompetition at the Mountain West Conference Championships inOklahoma City, Okla., the University of Wyoming men's teamstands in fourth place and the women are in fifth place.

Three-time defending champion BYU leads the meet on boththe men's and women's sides. The BYU men took a bigfirst day lead by scoring 139 points. They are followed byAir Force (87), UNLV (79), Wyoming (78) and Utah (62). Thewomen's action is a little closer with BYU leading the waywith 101 points. They are followed by CSU (99), New Mexico(84), UNLV (79), Wyoming (76), Utah (73), Air Force (71) andSan Diego State (22).

In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, theWyoming relay team of Katie Haywood, Missy Lewis, AshleyMallett and Lindsey Springer placed fifth with a time of150.2. The men's 200 medley relay team of Ethan Maclean,Scott Usher, Gene Birks and Grant Kritzinger placed fourthwith a time of 1:32.7.

Two Wyoming divers placed in the top eight of theconference on the 1 meter diving board. Adam Miller placedfifth scoring 238.2 points and Ashlie Niederer placed sixthwith 224.2 points.

"Adam (Miller) had a great day," replied UW head coachTom Johnson. "He stepped up and dove hard. I am verypleased with the effort he gave us. Ashlie (Niederer) alsohad a good day and scored some very nice scores."

The final event of the day was the 800 freestyle relay.The Cowgirls placed sixth in the event with a time of7:55.2. Swimming the event were Allison Schmid, HeljaVanhala, Janelyn Lilly and Katie Haywood. The men's 800freestyle relay team placed second in the event with a timeof 6:51.2. Swimming were Jerram Chudleigh, Gene Birks, TedDibble and Grant Kritzinger.

"I am very excited about the upcoming weekend," repliedJohnson. "The kids had a good day today and we are in agood position on both sides of the meet. I am very pleasedwith the way our relay's swam, those were some very fasttimes. Overall, it was a very good way to start themeet."

Day Two of the championships will begin tomorrow morningwith preliminary events beginning at 10 am and the finalsare set to begin at 6 pm (central time). The meet will runthrough Saturday, Feb. 22.

Men's Team Scores1.  BYU1392.  Air Force873.  UNLV794.  Wyoming785.  Utah62

Women's Team Scores1. BYU1012. Colorado State993. New Mexico844. UNLV795. Wyoming 766. Utah737. Air Force718. San Diego State22