June 14, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior Scott Usher placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the 200 breaststroke at the Janet Evans Invitational last weekend in LongBeach, Calif.
Usher, a Grand Island, Neb. native, swam to a fifth place time of 1:03.87 in Sunday's 100 breaststroke. Mark Gangloff, of Auburn University, won the event in a time of 1:02.34. Usher's time was the third fastest American time of the invite.
In Saturday's 200 breaststroke, Usher swam to a 10th place time of 2:18.03 in the consolation finals. This was the fourth fastest time turned in by an American. Australian Jim Piper won the event in a time of 2:13.43.
"Scott swam very well in a very talented international field," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I am very pleased with the way he raced in both events. There are some small things we need to work on especially in the blocks and in becoming a little quicker from head to foot in the turns. I think that we are headed in the right direction.
"Scott has 22 days to rest, taper and get ready for the big one. We just need to get him rested up so we can let him go at the trials.
Usher will return to Long Beach, Calif. for the Olympic Trials July 7-14.