Wyoming Breaks Two Relay School Records at First Day of MWC Championships

Feb. 27, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Despite breaking two UW records, the Cowboys and Cowgirls are trailing after the first day of competition at the Mountain West Conference tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla. Of the eight teams competing on the women's side, Colorado State is leading with 101 points as the Cowgirls are down with 40. The men have 41 points behind Brigham Young's top score of 162.

A relay team of Brad Leopold, Scott Usher, Jerram Chudleigh and Jake Rehard completed the 200-medley relay with a fourth place finish setting a school record for the event with a 1:32.18 time. The previous time for the event was 1:32.90.

Also breaking a UW record was a team of Allison Schmid, Helja Vanhala, Mabry Fiddler and Jennifer Schurz for the 800-freestyle relay. The Cowgirls finished with a time of 7:38.02, replacing last year's record of 7:40.31. The time placed the relay team in eight place.

Freshman Ashlie Niederer represented Wyoming well as she finished in sixth place with a score of 216.80 for the 1-meter diving competition. Adam Miller (freshman) finished the same event in eighth place with a 224.75 score.

"I am very pleased with Ashlie's performance in diving," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "She had a great day and really stepped up for us. Adam proved to be very solid. I am very pleased to have two freshman do so well today."

Two of the UW relay teams were disqualified. As a result, the team's scores were hindered.

"We know that we have to do better and we will step up and try to do better every day," said Johnson. "Hopefully we can dig ourselves out of this hole. The kids are a little disappointed, but their spirits are high."

The MWC tournament continues for three more days, as the final day of competition will be March 2.

University of Wyoming Results forMountain West Conference Tournament - Day 1

Men Women

1. BYU 162 points 1. CSU 101 points

2. UNLV 93 2. Air Force 90

3. Air Force 91 3. BYU 86

4. Utah 58 4. New Mexico 83

5. Wyoming 41 5. UNLV 80

6. Utah 71

7. San Diego State 54

8. Wyoming 40

1-Meter Diving 1-Meter Diving

8. Adam Miller 224.75 6. Ashlie Niederer 216.80

200-Medley Relay 200-Medley Relay

4. Wyoming 1:32.18* -- Wyoming DQ

(Brad Leopold, Scott Usher, (Jody Riskowski, Missy LewisJerram Chudleigh, Jake Rehard) Jennifer Schurz, Lindsey Springer)

800-Freestyle Relay 800-Freestyle Relay

-- Wyoming DQ 8. Wyoming 7:38.02*

(Allison Schmid, Helja Vanhala, Mabry Fiddler, Jennifer Schurz)

* denotes UW school record