Wyoming Swimming and Diving Opens Season

Oct. 17, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Swimmingprogram began its regular season Friday night, at Corbett Pool. The womenlost a close dual to Mountain West foe New Mexico while the men defeatedMetro State University and the Colorado School of Mines. New Mexico edgedout the Cowgirls 127- 116 while the Cowboys recorded 145 points compared toMetro State's 90 and Colorado School of Mines 74.

The Cowgirls won both relays on the night winning the 400 medley and the400 freestyle relays. Three Cowgirls swimmers won their events. JuniorAshley Mallett won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:10.59, senior JodyRiskowski won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:11.67 and senior AllisonSchmid won the 200 breaststroke clocking in at 2:26.46.

Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said "Our girls swam a very tight race, wegot touched out in a couple of places but we swam well. We won the eventswe had to win and just missed on a couple others. I'm sure the girls aredisappointed that we let one get away from us. We just need to continue towork hard and improve."

The Cowboys won 10 of the eleven events on the evening losing only the 400freestyle relay. The men's 400 medley relay team won the event with a timeof 3:33.65. Senior Jake Weidert won both the 1000 freestyle and the 500freestyle with times of 10:36.64 and 4:59.97. Senior Damian Storz won the200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.21. The 50 and 100 freestyle was won bysenior Jon George with times of 22.28 and 49.78 respectively. Junior GalenGough won the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.47 and the 200 butterfly in1:56.35. Freshman Ethan Maclean picked up his first collegiate victory byswimming a 1:59.70 in the 200 backstroke. Sophomore Scott Usher won the 200breaststroke by swimming a time of 2:09.65.

"We swam very well," replied Johnson. "We just need to keep working hard."

Sophomore Adam Miller won both the 3-Meter and 1-meter diving events byscoring a 222.3 in the 3-meter and a 198.25 in the 1-meter. New Mexico'sTracey Berhain and Becca Barras dominated the women's side of the meet.Berhain won the 3-meter and placed second in the 1-meter with scores of 261and 239.55 respectively. Barras won the 1-meter with a score of 261.15 andplaced second in the 3-meter dive by scoring 252.15 points. The top Cowgirldiver in the 3-meter event was Shea Boyle scoring 234.52 points and placingthird. Ashlie Niederer placed third in the 1-meter dive with a score of225.75.

The swimming and diving team will be back in action Friday and Saturday atthe Early Bird Invitational at Colorado State University. According toJohnson " our biggest test will be this weekend. We will get to see a lotof good athletes and it will be a good measuring point." The meet runsthrough Saturday evening.