Usher Swims 100 Breaststroke at NCAA Championships

March 25, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior Scott Usher qualified for the finals of the 100 breaststroke but was disqualified from the final heat for an illegal kick at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.

In the finals, Usher was in the middle of the pack following the second turn when the unthinkable happened and he was disqualified for an alleged flutter kick.

Usher qualified for the finals by swimming the eighth fastest 100 breaststroke in the nation in this morning's preliminaries with a time of 53.77. He swam the eighth best time out of 41 swimmers in this morning's session.

"In his four year's at Wyoming Scott has never been disqualified from a race before," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "It is very disappointing but he has handled it very well and I am extremely proud of him for handling it the way that he has. We just have to put thisbehind us and get ready for tomorrow's 200."

Stanford's Gary Marshall won the 100 breaststroke title as he touched the wall in a time of 53.03. Mihaly Flaskay of USC finished second (53.65) and Northwestern's Mike Alexandrov (53.66) rounded out the top-three.

Usher will return to the pool tomorrow to compete in the 200 breaststroke. Preliminary action is set to begin at 10 a.m. and the finals will begin at 6 p.m. (Mountain Time)

*see complete results at www.NCAASports.com*