Thorson And Birks Win Cowboy Swimming Pentathlon

Oct. 10, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - Freshman Heidi Thorsonand sophomore Gene Birks were crowned the 2003 CowboySwimming Pentathlon Champions as the teams saw their firstexhibition action of the 2003 season. The Cowgirls competedlast Saturday, Oct. 4 while the men took the pool thisafternoon.

Thorson, a freshman from Gillette, Wyo., swam a combinedtime of 5:13.49 to win the women's side of the meet.Freshmen Lauren Beard, from Mississanga, Ontario, placedsecond with a time of 5:26.03 and Erin Spadinger, a Midland,Tex. native, placed third with a combined time of 5:26.98.

On the mens side of the pentathlon, sophomore Gene Birkswas the overall winner with a time of 4:26.12. Senior GalenGough swam a time of 4:39.11 to place second. Junior ScottUsher clocked in with a time of 4:40.86 and place third.

Usher set a new Corbett Pool record in the 100 breaststrokewith his time of 56.37. He betters his own record from lastseason.

"I am very pleased with the effort of both our teams,"said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We were much fastertoday than we were at this time last season. I am excitedabout Scott's pool record in the 100 breaststroke and alsovery pleased with the way Gene swam. On the women's side,Heidi Thorson swam extremely well and I couldn't be moreexcited about her potential."

The Cowgirl Swimming and Diving team will compete in itsfirst dual of the season tomorrow against the Rice Owls.The dual will be held at Corbett Pool and is set to begin atnoon.