Cowgirl Swimming And Diving Falls To Rice In Season Opener

Oct. 11, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming Cowgirl Swimming and Diving team fell to a verytough Rice University 141-96, in its season opener atCorbett Pool Saturday afternoon.

Tamara Lehnertz, a freshman from Littleton,. Colo., earnedthe only swimming event victory for the Cowgirls. She swama time of 1:58.03 in the 200 freestyle which was good forthe win. On the diving board, freshman Saara Haapanen, anOntario, Canada native, won both the one and three meterdives with respective scores of 239.55 and 253.35.

Wyoming placed second in five events on the day includingthe 1000 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200backstroke and the 400 medley relay. Laura Glaab, afreshman from Superior, Colo., placed second in the 1000freestyle (10:55.14). Freshman Heidi Thorson, a Rozet, Wyo.native, placed second in the 50 freestyle (25.05) as well asin the 100 freestyle (54.58). Senior Janelyn Lilly placedsecond in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:13.53 and the400 medley relay team of Lilly, Erin Spadinger, HeidiThorson and Katie Bigger swam a second place time of4:01.92.

Rice came into today's dual after defeating ColoradoState last night 145-117 in their first action of theseason.

"After seeing results from Rice and CSU last night I hada feeling we were in for a battle today," said UW headcoach Tom Johnson. "I thought we stepped up against agreat team and swam pretty well, our times far exceeded myexpectations. This time of the year is a tough time to swima meet and I am super pleased with our effort."

The Wyoming swimming and diving team will hold its brownvs. gold exhibition next Friday, Oct. 17 at 4 pm at CorbettPool.