Feb. 24, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team fell to third place and the Cowgirls fell to fourth place following the second day of the Mountain West Conference Championships, in Oklahoma City, Okla.UNLV leads the men's field with 309 team points. They are followed by BYU (255), Wyoming (187), Utah (180) and Air Force (141). BYU leads the women's side with a total of 291 team points. UNLV is in second place (272) and are followed by Utah (224), Wyoming (188), New Mexico (175), Colorado State (172), Air Force (88) and San Diego State(73).
Freshman Henry Holmberg had the swim of the day for the Cowboys as he finished second in the 500 freestyle with the second best time in UW history, 4:25.39. Sophomore Ron Fogel finished fourth in the event swimming to a time of 4:33.50. Senior Grant Kritzinger was the highest finisher in the 200 IM as he finished eighth in a time of 1:51.80.
Sophomore Lauren Beard led the way for the Cowgirls as she finished second in the 200 IM, swimming to a time of 2:05.63 and setting a new Wyoming record in the process. The 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Heidi Thorson, freshman Haley Bonin, junior Kenzie Kotby and sophomore Tamara Lehnertz swam to a second place tie with BYU in a time of 1:34.35. Freshman Haley Bonin swam the third fastest 50 freestyle in UW history as she placed 12th with a time of 23.88.Sophomore Tamara Lehnertz was the top Cowgirl finisher in the 500 freestyle, swimming to a 13th place time of 5:05.28.In women's 3-meter diving action, freshman Ginni van Katwijk set a new Wyoming record with her third place score of 476.75. Sophomore Saara Haapanen also qualified for the finals and finished with an eighth place score of 433.25.
"Both the men and women had a pretty good night," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "On the women's side, we had a little trouble getting things rolling this morning but we came back and had a good night. We are in a battle with CSU and New Mexico. We tend to get better as the days go on so hopefully we can step up and have a good day tomorrow.
"The men also had another good day and we are holding our own very well. We have to stay motivated, get more guys into the finals and finish strong.
"It was a great night in diving as usual as they earned 39 team points. We are very excited with Ginni's progress and she had a great night tonight. The women's 200 free relay was a very exciting race and I am very pleased with it. Lauren had an awesome swim and is now the fastest Cowgirl ever in the 200 IM. Henry also had an outstanding swim in the 500 free, swimming the second fastest time in Wyoming history."
The third day of the MWC Championships is set to begin Friday morning with preliminary races beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals beginning at 5 p.m. (Mountain Time). Friday's scheduled events include the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, the 400 medley relay and the men's 3-meter springboard.
Men's Team Scores1. UNLV 3092. BYU 2553. Wyoming 1874. Utah 1805. Air Force 141
Women's Team Scores1. BYU 2912. UNLV 2723. Utah 2244. Wyoming 1885. New Mexico 1756. Colorado State 1727. Air Force 888. San Diego State 73