Men's Swimming & Diving Place Ninth at WAC Championships

March 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Men's Swimming and Diving team took their talent on the road to the WAC Championships in Federal Way, Washington this past weekend, March 4-6. The men held on to place 9th just ahead of Rice.

After the first day of competition, the men were seated 9th in the overall team standings. The 200 Free Relay team consisting of Colin Wallace, Guy Fulfer, Mickey Aberle, and Jake Rehard opened the meet by placing sixth. Mickey Aberle swam one of the fastest legs of the relay recorded at Wyoming. In the 500 Free, Mike Hembree placed tenth (4:31.30) and freshman Jaime Snider finished 16th (4:39.95). Senior Mickey Aberle placed 13th (1:51.85) in the 200 IM with teammate Al Jarrell finishing with a time of 1:52.16, placing both in the Wyoming All-Time Top Performances.

Some of the highlights of the second day for UW were the 200 Medley Relay team placing 9th and Al Jarrell placing 15th in the 400 IM. Sophomore transfer from Wisconsin, Buddy Boysen had a huge meet in the 100 Fly where he broke the school record by .4 seconds and qualified for the NCAA consideration time, giving him an opportunity to be considered to represent Wyoming at the NCAA Nationals.

For the Cowboys on the last day of competition, freshman walk-on Ryan Typolt placed 10th in the 1650 Free (16:02.17), Phil Rehard finished 14th in the 200 Back with teammates Mike Hembree and Kirk Hollingsworth finishing in the bonus consolation round at 17 and 18. Mickey Aberle and Al Jarrell placed in the 200 Breast 12th and 14th with times of 2:04.49 and 2:07.04, respectively. After making NCAA consideration in the 100 Fly, Buddy Boysen finished 13th in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:52.41.

Leading the way for the University of Wyoming divers after the first day of competition was freshman Oscar Delgado as he finished in third place in the 1-meter springboard with 489.05 points. Sophomore Christian Brienza was also in the final results placing 15th in the event with a score of 355.20.

In the finals of the 3-meter springboard event, Oscar Delgado finished in in a tie for 7th place with Univerisy of Hawaii Chris Van Hoose, with 455.45 points. Christian Brienza also placed 15th in the event with 393.85 points.

On the last and final day of competition in the platform event, Oscar Delgado finished the WAC Championships second in the platform event with a score of 617.05. Christian Brienza finished the event in 12th place, giving him his highest finish of the championships.

"I feel that the men swam very well and they all gave solid performances," said first-year head coach Tom Johnson. "I feel that we surprised a lot of people this year with this team full of freshmen, the underclassmen have been such an asset to us."

"We swam some very big events - in the 500 Free with four swimmers qualifying for the finals, where last year we only had two. I am very happy with Buddy Boysen qualifying for the NCAA Consideration Time in the 100 Butterfly. We were disqualified from the 400 Medley Relay which hurt us, but we still came out and swam very strong. We broke some school records in events, and that is exciting when the team swims their best times."

Next up for UW, two divers will compete at the Zone Championships March 18-20.

Freshman Oscar Delgado and Air Force transfer Wendy O'Connell will represent Wyoming at the Championships trying to qualify for NCAA Nationals. The site for the championships is yet to be announced.