Feb. 19, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men'sand women's swimming and diving teams overtook Utah on the final day ofcompetition at the Mountain West Conference Swimming and DivingChampionships Saturday at the Oklahoma City Community College AquaticsCenter, to both place fourth in the overall team standings.
The Cowgirls finished the championships in fourth-place with 476points, their best finish at the conference championships since 1992.Brigham Young University won the conference title with a score of 715.50points followed by UNLV in second and Colorado State in third.
Seniors Jen Rice and Jessica Schiffl both had a strong outing in the1650 freestyle, placing second (17:07.54) and third (17:17.36)respectively. Freshman Angie Sax made the NCAA "B" cut with herperformance in the 200 butterfly which qualifies her for both the NCAAChampionships and the Olympic Trials. Sax placed fourth in that eventwith a time of 2:03.76. Freshman Darcrea Corey placed fourth in the 200backstroke (2:03.79 and sixth in the 200 butterfly. Junior WendyO'Connell placed fourth in platform diving with 295.95 points and seniorDominy Alderman placed sixth in the platform.
Wyoming's men charged ahead of Utah on the final day thanks to theefforts of sophomore diver Oscar Delgado, who won the platform divingevent with a score of 446.50 points. The Pokes finished the conferencechampionships with 544 points. BYU made it a sweep as their men alsotook top honors with 818 points.
Freshman Jake Weidert led the Cowboy assault in the 200 butterfly witha second-place finish (1:48.52) which also qualified him as a NCAA "B"cut. Freshman Damian Storz placed fourth in the 200 fly (1:49.62) andjunior Buddy Boysen finished sixth (1:51.63). In the 1650 freestylesophomore Per Malmberg placed sixth with teammate Ryan Typolt takingseventh. Senior Phil Rehard finished his UW career on a high note byplacing sixth in the 200 backstroke.
Wyoming also took home a couple individual honors at the conclusion ofthe championships. UW Freshman Damian Storz was recognized as the Men'sFreshman of the Year and Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson was namedWomen's Swimming Coach of the Year.
"It was a great team effort, I was very happy with our performances,"said Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson. "I was very pleased with all thecontributions from our assistant coaches. Jane Bartee, Jason Baumannand Jason Fisher all helped out tremendously throughout the season andit showed with our teams performance and effort at the conferencechampionships.
"It was also very nice to be recognized by my peers as the women'scoach of the year, it was a nice honor. The other coaches have allrecognized how much we've improved over the past two years and that'sgreat for this program." Johnson said.
Wyoming Results From Final Day of the 2000 Mountain West ConferenceSwimming and Diving Championships at Oklahoma City, Okla.
Final Team Standings
1 Brigham Young 715.50 points 2 UNLV 667.50 3 Colorado State 531.50 4 Wyoming 476 5 Utah 432 6 San Diego State 316 7 New Mexico 250.50 8 Air Force 246
200 Butterfly Angie Sax 4th 2:03.76 Darcrea Corey 6th 2:06.53 Jen Weidert 7th 2:07.25 Anne Haywood 16th 2:12.55
1650 Freestyle Jen Rice 2nd 17:07.54 Jessica Schiffl 3rd 17:17.36 Jennifer Schurz 8th 17:32.35
200 Backstroke Darcrea Corey 4th 2:03.79 Ryan Springer 17th 2:10.08 Anna Nowak 25th 2:13.59
100 Freestyle Emily Hollon 9th 52.41 Jaime LaBrayere 18th 53.75 Jody Riskowski 20th 53.93 Carrie Behrens 21st 54.01 Missy Lewis 32nd 56.02
200 Breaststroke Allison Schmid 12th 2:24.82 Jen Weidert 13th 2:25.42 Lindsey Springer 25th 2:33.02
Platform Diving Wendy O'Connell 4th 295.95 Dominy Alderman 6th 277.65 Laura Tierney 11th 238.85 Sadie West 13th 233.25
400 Free Relay Wyoming (R. Springer, J. Riskowski, J. LaBrayere, E. Hollon) 5th 3:32.53
Final Team Standings
1 Brigham Young 818 points2 UNLV 6873 Air Force 6794 Wyoming 5445 Utah 512
200 ButterflyJake Weidert 2nd 1:48.52Damian Storz 4th 1:49.62Buddy Boysen 6th 1:51.63
1650 FreestylePer Malmberg 6th 16:07.93Ryan Typolt 7th 16:08.77Tim Smyser 13th 17:04.67
200 BackstrokePhil Rehard 6th 1:53.34Jaime Snider 11th 1:54.81Shawn Kolahi-Koocheki 12th 1:56.08
Platform DivingOscar Delgado 1st 446.80
400 Free RelayN/A
NOTE--Will send out men's 100 free, 200breast, and 400 relay results on Monday.