Wyoming Swimming and Diving Wraps Up Exhibition with Brown vs. Gold Intrasquad Meet

Oct. 13, 2006


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Friday night's Brown vs. Gold intrasquad swimming and diving dual became an instant classic when the Gold team edged the Brown team 242-232 at Corbett Pool.

Following the first 24 events of the dual, both teams were tied with 220 team points. The Gold men and women both won the 400 freestyle relay to claim the win. The men's relay was decided by just .35 seconds, giving the Gold team the edge in the dual.

"This was a great meet. It is unbelievable how close these two teams were. If the Brown men could have won the last relay, the meet would have ended in a tie which is amazing. The Gold men won that last relay, and in turn the meet, by just .35 of a second," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson.

Winning individual events for the Gold women's team was senior Heidi Thorson in the 50 (24.49) and 100 freestyle (53.49), freshman Olena Moher in the 200 IM (2:14.81), junior Brittany Wainwright in 1-meter diving (269.30), junior Rachel Leyes in the 200 backstroke (2:13.76) and senior Erin Spadinger in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.13). First place finishers for the Gold men included freshman Robbie Hilton in the 1000 freestyle (10:11.58), sophomore Eli Bell in the 200 freestyle (1:46.10), junior Sam King in the 200 backstroke (1:57.00) and senior John Lynch in the 1-meter (305.00) and 3-meter (316.70) diving events.

Sophomore Aimee Stinson led the Brown team with first place finishes in three separate events. Stinson won the 200 freestyle (1:56.49), 500 freestyle (5:16.11) and 1000 freestyle (10:59.63) in the losing effort. Other winners included freshman Kari Budd in the 200 butterfly (2:10.23) and senior Saara Haapanen in 3-meter diving (298.05). Brown men who claimed event victories included freshman Can Ince in the 50 (22.00) and 100 freestyles (48.24), senior Dan Jones in the 200 IM (1:57.66), senior Ron Fogel in the 200 butterfly (1:58.27), senior Nick King in the 500 freestyle (4:48.60), and sophomore Alex Larkin in the 200 breaststroke (2:10.09).

The Gold team won three of four relays on the night including the women's 400 medley and freestyle relays and the men's 400 freestyle relay.

"There was some great racing and enthusiasm tonight," added Johnson. "These kids haven't raced for a while and it showed in some areas but definitely not in their enthusiasm and excitement. I am pleased with how we are progressing as a team and I am excited that we get to race for real next weekend."

The swimming and diving program will open its regular season next weekend when they travel to Colorado State for the Early Bird Invite. The meet will run from Fri., Oct. 20 through Sat., Oct. 21 at Moby Pool in Ft. Collins, Colo.