Feb. 20, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University ofWyoming men's swimming and diving team moved into thirdplace while the women fell to seventh place after the secondday of competition at the Mountain West ConferenceChampionships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
BYU continued to run away with the meet on the men's sideby upping their score to 342. The Cougars are followed byUNLV (195), Wyoming (177), Air Force (168) and Utah (162).UNLV took the lead from BYU on the women's side of themeet by scoring 251 points. The Rebels are followed byColorado State (241), BYU (215.50), Utah (188), New Mexico(181), Air Force (145.50), Wyoming (139) and San Diego State(78).
The Cowboys had a very successful day which was highlightedby Jerram Chudleigh winning the 500 freestyle. His time of4:23.68 was good enough for an NCAA "B" cut and a newschool record. His time was nearly five seconds faster thanany other time in the meet and it is two seconds faster thanthe old school record.
Also placing in the top eight of the 500 freestyle wereJake Weidert and Damian Storz. Weidert placed fifth with atime of 4:34.04 and Storz placed sixth in a time of 4:34.54. Ted Dibble also scored points for the Pokes by placingtenth with a time of 4:36.23.
The Cowboys placed four swimmers in the top 16 of the 200IM. Galen Gough placed tenth with a time of 1:52.56, GrantKritzinger placed 11th (1:53.02) and Scott Usher placed 13th(1:53.83).
The Cowboys struggled in the 50 freestyle but were stillable to land one swimmer in the top 16. Morgan Wardell swama time of 20.92 which was good for 13th place.
The lone relay of the day was the 400 medley. The Cowboyteam of Ethan Maclean, Scott Usher, Jerram Chudleigh andGrant Kritzinger swam a third place time of 3:17.88. Thistime was good for a new school record as well as a NCAA"B" cut.
"I am very proud of the way our men swam today,"replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This meet is going toquite a dog fight, it is a very close meet between secondand fifth place. Everybody on the team needs to work hardand do well the next two days.
"I am especially proud of the way our guys swam in the500 freestyle. Jerram , Jake and Damian all swam likechampions. I am especially proud of the way Damian swamdespite being in a lot of pain from having his appendixremoved just three weeks ago."
On the women's side of the meet the Cowgirls best eventwas the 50 freestyle in which two girls broke the topsixteen and three girls swam top five all time Wyomingswims. Jody Riskowski placed tenth with a time of 23.76 andMissy Lewis placed twelfth with a time of 23.98. Bothgirls, as well as Katie Haywood swam times in thepreliminaries that break into the top five all time atWyoming. Riskowski swam a new school record time of 23.73,Lewis swam the second fastest time of 23.82 (behindRiskowski's new mark) and Haywood swam the fourth fastesttime in school history (24.24).
Allison Schmid was the lone Cowgirl to place in the top 16of the 200 IM. Her time of 2:08.59 landed her in 13th placeand is the sixth fastest time in school history.
The final two events of the day were the 400 medley relayand the 3 meter diving event. The 400 medley "A" relayteam placed seventh in the event with a time of 3:56.39. Onthe three meter diving board Cowgirl Channing Kimball placedseventh with a score of 383.40.
"We are swimming very well on the women's side,"replied Johnson. "Our divers had a great day and kept usin it. I am very excited about getting after ittomorrow."
Day three of the MWC Swimming and Diving Championships willbegin tomorrow morning with the preliminaries beginning at10 am and the finals starting at 6 pm. Scheduled eventsinclude the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the men's 3 meterspringboard.
Women's Team Scores1. UNLV2512. Colorado State2413. BYU215.504. Utah1885. New Mexico1816. Air Force145.507. Wyoming 1398. San Diego State78
Men's Team Scores1. BYU3422. UNLV1953. Wyoming1774. Air Force1685. Utah162