Sept. 29, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming swimming team opened the 2007-08 season in style by hosting one of deepest and fastest pentathlons in school history, Saturday morning at Corbett Pool. The Cowboys and Cowgirls competed against each other in 100-yard races in the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley.
"This was a good way to start the season. The kids raced hard every time they set foot on the blocks," said veteran UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This was a very fast meet and we looked as deep as we ever have at this time of the year. I am very impressed with the competitiveness of our team. We need to continue working hard and improving as we get ready to start the regular season in two weeks."
Sophomore Megan Evans, who transferred to UW from Oregon State this fall, won the women's side of the meet in near record time. Evans swam a combined time of 5:07.96 in the five events and missed the all time pentathlon record by just .54 seconds.
With Evans in the mix, four newcomers to the UW lineup finished in the top-five of the overall meet standings. Freshman Stephanie Vint finished second with a time of 5:12.86, junior Aimee Stinson placed third (5:15.81), freshman Lesley Young placed fourth (5:15.87) and freshman Erin Wagner rounded out the top-five (5:17.49).
Evans was the lone Cowgirl to win multiple events within the pentathlon as she won both the 100 breaststroke (1:06.94) and 100 IM (1:01.51). Vint swam the fastest time in the 100 butterfly (1:00.40), Stinson won the 100 freestyle (53.49) and Wagner won the 100 backstroke (1:01.50).
The men's meet was nearly the opposite as the women's with four upperclassmen finishing in the top-five. Senior Sam King won the event with an overall time of 4:34.60. Junior Matt Urich placed second with a time of 4:37.02 and finished ahead of senior Levi Bell (4:37.49), freshman James Rigg (4:37.83) and junior Sam Shook (4:39.31).
Urich had the best individual performance of the day as he won the 100 butterfly in pentathlon record time of 50.52. He also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.47. Senior Will McCallum won the 100 IM (54.53), junior Alex Larkin won the 100 breaststroke (58.99) and junior Eli Bell won the 100 freestyle (47.35).
The UW swimming and diving team will host one more exhibition meet before opening their regular season on Oct. 12 at the Denver Relays. That exhibition meet will be the Brown vs. Gold intrasquad dual and will begin at 5 p.m. at Corbett Pool next Friday.