Wyoming Swimming Opens Season with Pentathlon

Oct. 7, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming team opened the 2005-06 season on Friday afternoon with their annual Pentathlon at Corbett Pool.

Senior Gene Birks won the men's pentathlon for the third consecutive year by finishing in a combined time of 4:30.63. Freshman Sam Shook touched the wall in a second place time of 4:32.16 and sophomore Sam King finished third in a time of 4:39.02.

Junior Heidi Thorson won her second consecutive women's pentathlon by swimming to a combined time of 5:09.97. Junior Erin Spadinger finished in a second place time of 5:11.17 and freshman Aimee Stinson finished third in a time of 5:11.79.

Stinson swam the fastest 100 backstroke (1:00.90) and 100 freestyle (53.88) on the day. Spadinger swam the fastest 100 IM (1:01.71) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.74) and Thorson finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:00.62).

Birks swam the fastest 100 backstroke (52.73) and 100 butterfly (52.68) on the day. Freshman Sam Shook touched in with the fastest 100 IM (54.32), freshman Alex Larkin won the 100 breaststroke (58.99) and sophomore Henry Holmberg was the quickest Cowboy in the 100 freestyle (47.78).

"This was a good way to start the season as usual," said veteran swimming coach Tom Johnson. "Gene had a great day and won his third in a row and Heidi was tough and finished in a combined record time to beat her mark from last year. As a team the guys swam much faster than a year ago which is very encouraging. Overall, it was good to get us swimming competitively again but we still have a lot of work to do before our dual schedule begins."

The Wyoming swimming team will return to action next Friday as they join the divers for the Brown vs. Gold Intrasquad dual. The dual will be their final exhibition before opening the season in two weeks. The Brown vs. Gold dual will begin at 4 p.m. at Corbett Pool.