Feb. 22, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University ofWyoming men's swimming and diving team finished the 2003Mountain West Conference Championships in fourth place andthe women finished in seventh.
BYU's men and women won their fourth consecutive MWCChampionships. The men tallied 908 points and were followedby Air Force (635), UNLV (591), Wyoming (547) and Utah(415). The BYU women finished with 662 points and weretrailed by Colorado State (617.50), UNLV (574), Utah (496),New Mexico (379), Air Force (329.50), Wyoming (295) and SanDiego State (263).
Wyoming seniors Damian Storz and Jody Riskowski werehonored as the recipients of the 2003 Senior Recognitionaward. Damian and Jody leave Wyoming as two of the mostsuccessful swimmers in school history.
Scott Usher was once again the swimmer of the day for theCowboys. He set a new MWC record in the 200 breaststrokewith a time of 1:58.14. This is the second fastest time inschool history and is good for an NCAA "B" cut. This isthe second conference record he broke over the weekend, ashe broke the 100 breaststroke record yesterday.
Jerram Chudleigh had a good day for the Cowboys tallyingtwo top four performances. He placed fourth in the 200backstroke with a time of 1:48.70 and placed second in the200 butterfly in a time of 1:47.81. The 200 fly time wasgood for an NCAA "B" cut.
Ethan Maclean also swam a very tough 200 backstroke andplaced fifth. His time of 1:50.31 is the third fastest timein school history.
Grant Kritzinger swam well and placed seventh in the 100freestyle with a time of 45.52. His preliminary time of45.39 is the fourth fastest time in school history.
Senior Jake Weidert closed out his college career with asixth place finish in the 200 butterfly. He swam a time of1:50.50.
Damian Storz also closed his career out in good fashionwith a second place finish in the 1650 freestyle. He swamto a time of 15:45.75.
Adam Miller had a good day in the platform diving eventwhere he placed fifth. He scored 344.85 points.
"I am very proud of the way our team battled," repliedUW head coach Tom Johnson. "Scott's performance at thismeet was something special. Damian, Ethan, Grant, Jerramand Adam all had very good days as well."
On the women's side of the meet Jody Riskowski had anexceptional day for the Cowgirls. She broke the Wyomingschool record in the 100 freestyle three times today. Shefirst broke the record in the preliminaries then rebroke itin the finals before finally setting the mark with her leadtime in the 400 freestyle relay. Her time of 52.03 placedher tenth in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 51.97 in therelay will stand as the new school record.
Janelyn Lilly finished eighth in the 200 backstroke. Sheswam to a time of 2:06.33. Ashley Mallett also finished inthe top eight of her event with a fifth place finish in the200 butterfly (2:05.84). This is the fifth fastest time inschool history. Missy Lewis came away with a tenth placefinish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:30.44.
Allison Schmid closed her career out with a 15th placefinish in the 200 breaststroke. She swam the race to a timeof 2:24.66.
Ashlie Niederer finished the season with an eighth placeshowing on the platform diving board. She scored 279.90points.
The Cowgirls closed the season out with a bang byshattering the 400 freestyle relay school record.Riskowski, Schmid, Katie Haywood and Lindsey Springer placedfourth with a time of 3:27.99.
"Our girls improved immensely from last year," repliedJohnson. "I am very proud of Jody, Allison, Ashley,Kristin and Ashlie and the way they competed tonight.
"Overall, it was a pretty good meet for us. We virtuallyrewrote the record book over four days. As a program weneed to continue to improve and get better. This was a stepin the right direction. I am very proud of all the effortand dedication our kids gave this season."
Scott Usher and possibly a few other Cowboys will be off tothe NCAA Championships which will be held March 27-29 inAustin, Texas. A few Pokes will try one last time toqualify at an NCAA last chance qualifier between Feb. 28 andMar. 1.
Women's Team Scores1. BYU6622. Colorado State617.503. UNLV5744. Utah4965. New Mexico3796. Air Force329.507. Wyoming 2958. San Diego State263
Men's Team Scores1. BYU9082. Air Force6353. UNLV5914. Wyoming5475. Utah415