Feb. 24, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
For the second year in a row, senior Ron Fogel won the Mountain West Conference championship in the 200 butterfly and both the Cowboys and Cowgirls finished fourth at the 2007 conference championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
UNLV won its third consecutive men's conference championship, scoring a total of 699.5 team points. The Rebels finished ahead of BYU (684.5), Air Force (633), Wyoming (520), Utah (459.5) and TCU (431.5). BYU won the women's team championship with 747 teams points finishing ahead of Utah (618), UNLV (527), Wyoming (480), Colorado State (406), TCU (394), New Mexico (260), Air Force (173) and San Diego State (145.)
In Fogel's championships race, he turned in an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:47.36. Sophomore Matt Urich had a great race behind Fogel and placed second with a time of 1:48.59. In the 200 breaststroke, the Cowboys streak of five consecutive conference championships came to an end with sophomore Alex Larkin placing second with the third fastest time is school history, and earning an NCAA "B" cut at 1:58.54. Junior Levi Bell also reached the finals in the 200 breaststroke and placed eighth with a time of 2:05.28. Freshman Robbie Hilton earned an eighth place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:53.71.
For the Cowboy divers, senior John Lynch and Kevin Bretting each finished in the top-six of the platform event. Lynch placed fifth with a score of 284.05 and Bretting placed sixth with a mark of 281.35.
The highlight of the day for the Cowgirls came in the 200 breatstsroke where a pair of swimmers finished in the top-four. Senior Erin Spadinger placed third with a time of 2:20.04 and freshman Jessica Fruhwirth placed fourth in 2:20.93. Sophomore Aimee Stinson concluded a great meet by placing third in the 1650 freestyle. She broke her third school record of the week in the event with a time of 16:57.41. Freshman Kari Budd also reached tonight's finals and placed eighth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.32.
"I am pleased with the way both teams finished. The girls wrapped up a great season and the guys came back from a tough dual record to finish on the middle of the pack here," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I am so proud of Ron for repeating as champion and our girls had a great 200 breast. Our divers were awesome as usual and had a great platform today."
Next up for the UW swimming and diving program will be the 2007 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships for the divers that qualified during the season. The meet will be held next weekend in Oklahoma City, Okla. Members of the swimming team who swam NCAA "B" qualifying times will have to wait and see if their times are pulled into the NCAA Championships.