Feb. 21, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University ofWyoming men's swimming and diving team fell from third tofourth place and the women remained in seventh place afterthe third day of competition at the MWC Swimming and DivingChampionships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Three time defending champion BYU leads both the men'sand women's fields with 620 and 446 points, respectively.On the men's side Air Force trails BYU with 403 points,followed by UNLV (395), Wyoming (369) and Utah (291).Colorado State is in second on the women's side with416.50 points, followed by UNLV (383), Utah (347), NewMexico (269), Air Force (220.50), Wyoming (210) and SanDiego State (158).
The race of the day for the Cowboys was swum by sophomoreScott Usher in the 100 breaststroke. He set a new MWC andWyoming school record with a time of 54.24. This timequalified Usher for the 2003 NCAA Championships with an"A" cut.
Another great race for the Cowboys was the 400 IM. TheCowboys placed three swimmers in the top four of the race.Damian Storz placed second with a time of 3:58.22, JakeWeidert placed third (3:58.80) and Galen Gough placedfourth (3:59.18).
Cowboy newcomer Gene Birks swam very well in the 100butterfly and placed fifth. His time of 48.72 preliminarilyqualifies him for the NCAA Championships with a "B" cut. It is also the second fastest time in school history.
Two Cowboys placed fourth in their respective events withAdam Miller on the three meter springboard and Ted Dibble inthe 200 freestyle. Miller scored 465.90 points on thediving board while Dibble swam to a time of 1:39.97 in the200 free.
Ethan Maclean also had a good day for the Cowboys. Heplaced seventh in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.42.
"Our men had a great day," said UW head coach TomJohnson. "I am very pleased with the way our 400 IM'ersbattled. Gene, Ethan and Ted all had great swims for ustoday and I can't say enough about Scott's performancein the 100 breast. We are also very proud of the way Adamdove tonight. He had an awesome night and did his part tokeep us in the race."
The women struggled today but still have a very good chanceof moving up in the standings with a good final daytomorrow. The swim of the day for the Cowgirls came in the200 freestyle relay. The Cowgirls placed fifth in the eventand set a new school record.
Individually Allison Schmid had the highest placing on theday with her seventh place finish in the 200 freestyle. Hertime of 1:51.75 breaks her old record of 1:52.50 for thefastest time in Wyoming history.
"Overall both teams had a pretty good day," saidJohnson. "We are in for a battle tomorrow. We needeveryone to show up and contribute tomorrow and hopefully wewill gain some ground in the standings and get some moreNCAA cuts."
The final day of the MWC Swimming and Diving Championshipswill begin tomorrow morning with the preliminaries beginningat 10 am and the finals starting at 6 pm. Scheduled eventsinclude the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke,200 butterfly, 1650 freestyle and the platform divingevents.
Women's Team Scores1. BYU4462. Colorado State416.503. UNLV3834. Utah3475. New Mexico2696. Air Force220.507. Wyoming 2108. San Diego State158
Men's Team Scores1. BYU6202. Air Force4033. UNLV3954. Wyoming3695. Utah291