Feb. 28, 2008
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -
Freshman Kyle Bogner became a Mountain West Conference one-meter diving champion on Thursday night of the 2008 MWC Championships and both the Cowboys and Cowgirls are in second place following the second day of competition. On the day, UW broke three school records at the Oklahoma City Community College.
The Cowboys closed out the night in second place with 270 team points. UNLV leads the men's field with 306 team points. Behind the Cowboys are BYU (226), TCU (216), Air Force (191) and Utah (134).
The Cowgirls tallied 247.50 team points and trail only BYU who currently has 342. UNLV is in third place (214) and are followed by Utah (210), Colorado State (155), New Mexico (112.50), TCU (108), San Diego State (81) and Air Force (67).
The highlight of the night came when Bogner won the men's one-meter diving event with a score of 314.50. He becomes just the second Cowboy diver to ever win an MWC Championship following in the footsteps of Oscar Delgado who won the platform event in 2000. Bogner's win also marks the second consecutive year that a UW diver has won the one-meter event as Saara Haapanen did so last year on the women's side.
Behind Bogner, all four Cowboy divers reached the finals for the second consecutive day. Junior Tyler Miller placed third (307.30), freshman Mark Murdock was fifth (292.85) and freshman Colter Yancey was seventh (260.00).
"Having all four guys final on both springboards is a tribute to our entire program. They all worked hard and have gotten better all season long," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "I thought it was very appropriate that we won the one-meter championship. Any one of those four guys could have done it, Kyle was just the one who showed up tonight."
Senior Brittany Wainwright also had a great night on the diving boards for the Cowgirls as she was the runner-up in women's three-meter. She finished with a score of 295.80. Sophomore Stephanie Ortiz also reached the finals where she placed fourth with a score of 286.20.
"I couldn't be happier with our women. They dove great all day and especially when it counted the most," added Herdt. "For Brittany to go out with a silver medal is fantastic."
In the swimming pool, the women's 500 freestyle event was the biggest one of the night for the Cowgirls as three women reached the finals and the top-two both finished under school record time. Junior Aimee Stinson placed second with a time of 4:52.82, which breaks her previous school record by well over two seconds. Sophomore Stephanie Vint placed third with the second fastest time in Wyoming history of 4:53.91. Junior Krista Jones placed eighth in the event with a time of 5:01.75.
The women's 50 freestyle proved to be a great event for the Cowgirls with sophomore Cassie Stelow leading the charge. She placed fourth with a school record time of 23.14. Senior Angela DeWolf had a good race in the consolation finals and placed 11th with a time of 23.96. Her morning preliminary time of 23.93 ranks fifth in the UW record book.
In the 200 IM, sophomore Megan Evans placed seventh with a time of 2:05.09. Freshman Lesley Young placed 10th with the second fastest time in the consolation final at 2:05.09. Young's time is the second fastest in Wyoming history.
"The women are in tight battle for second after today and I am so happy with the way they competed tonight," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "The 500 and 50 freestyle were incredible today and are key to the success we are seeing right now. The women just need to stay sharp and be hot over the next couple of days."
The 200 IM was the event of the night for the Cowboy swimmers. Senior Sam King had the highest UW men's finish of the day and placed second with a time of 1:49.86. That time is the second fastest in Wyoming history. Fellow senior Levi Bell won the consolation final, coming from behind over the final 100-yards to finish in a time of 1:51.73.
The Cowboy sprinters had a nice showing in the 50 freestyle with sophomore Tommy Gregory in the pilot's seat. Gregory placed seventh with a time of 20.78. His preliminary time of 20.86 enters the UW record books as the fourth fastest time ever. In the consolation final, junior Eli Bell placed 11th (20.90) and sophomore Jamie Comrie was 14th (21.00).
In the 500 freestyle, junior Matt Urich reached the finals where he placed seventh with a time of 4:32.10. In the consolation finals, sophomore Sam Holmes placed 14th (4:36.65) and fellow sophomore Robbie Hilton placed 16th (4:40.48).
"Seeing Kyle, a freshman, win the one-meter diving event was absolutely amazing. He got better with every dive and the whole team is so proud him as well as the rest of the diving team," added Johnson. "The men are in a war and there would be nothing better than to hang on to second place. We typically are stronger in the stroke events that we swim over the next two days so everyone is excited to get back to the pool tomorrow."
In relay action, both the Cowboy and Cowgirl 200 freestyle relay teams placed fourth and the Cowgirls set a new UW record. The Cowboys tied with Air Force in a time of 1:22.16. The Cowgirls record time of 1:33.67 was good for a fourth place finish with a time of 1:33.67. Swimming for the Cowboys was Comrie, Eli Bell, Gregory and freshman James Rigg. On the record setting Cowgirl relay was Stelow, DeWolf, freshman Erin Wagner and sophomore Maggie Bach.
Scheduled events for tomorrow's third day of competition include men's platform diving, the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. and the finals will begin at 6 p.m. (Central Time).