Men's Swimming And Diving Finishes Third And Women Finish Fifth At MWC Championships

Feb. 26, 2005

Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingmen's swimming and diving team finished third and the Cowgirlsfinished fifth at the 2005 Mountain West Conference Championships, inOklahoma City, Okla.

UNLV won their first-ever MWC Championship in both the men's andwomen's action. Their men finished with 839 team points and werefollowed by BYU (745.50), Wyoming (592), Utah (560.50) and Air Force(403). The UNLV women finished with 701.50 points ahead of BYU (670),Utah (607), Colorado State (489), Wyoming (431), New Mexico (387), AirForce (221.50) and San Diego State (153).

Senior Scott Usher won his fourth consecutive 200 breaststroke as hetouched in at a time of 1:57.51. Freshman Carl Marais had anothergreat day as he finished second in the 200 backstroke (1:46.63) andfifth in the 100 freestyle (44.51), setting a new school record inboth events. Marais set four school records over the weekend.

Sophomore Ron Fogel swam to a third place finish in the 200 butterfly,breaking his own school record with a time of 1:47.10. Junior GeneBirks finished sixth in the event with a time of 1:50.75. FreshmanHenry Holmberg swam to a third place finish in the 1650 freestyle,swimming the second fastest time in UW history (15:27.62). SophomoreNick King finished fifth in a time of 15:56.43. The Cowboy 400freestyle relay team of Marais, Birks, Holmberg and senior GrantKritzinger finished fourth in a time of 3:01.23.

The best Cowgirl event was the 200 breaststroke as three girlsfinished in the top-five all time at UW. Freshman LindseyRussenberger led the way as she finished third with a record time of2:18.28. Junior Alex Leziy-Miller finished fifth (2:19.08) andsophomore Erin Spadinger placed sixth (2:19.28). Senior Kristin Lewishad a busy day as she placed eighth in the 200 butterfly and 12th inthe 1650 freestyle with respective times of 2:08.72 and 17:40.17.

Sophomore Holly Hansen placed eighth in the 1650 freestyle with a timeof 17:21.67. Sophomore Tamara Lehnertz swam the second fastest timein UW history in the 100 freestyle as she placed 11th with a time of52.11. The 400 freestyle relay team of sophomores Heidi Thorson andKatie Bigger, Russenberger and Lehnertz swam to a sixth place time of3:30.17.

In platform diving action, freshman Ginni van Katwijk destroyed theschool record as she dove to a third place score of 364.80, more than37 points higher than the previous record. The men were led bysophomore John Lynch who finished third with the second highest scorein school history a 433.35. Senior Adam Miller finished sixth with ascore of 371.25.

"Overall this was one of the best team performances I've everseen, it was a great weekend," said UW head coach Tom Johnson."We had a great night on both the men's and women's sides. Themen broke 10 school records and had 26 top-10 performances. The womenbroke six school records and had 34 top-10 performances. The menfinished third and that is the best we have done since I have been atWyoming."

The diving team will return to action in two weeks for the NCAAZone "E" Diving Championships and a handful of swimmers willcompete in a last chance meet next weekend. The diving championshipswill run from March 10-12 in Oklahoma City, Okla. and the location ofthe last chance meet will be determined this week.

*see complete results at www.themwc.com*