Oct. 18, 2002
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After the first day of competition the University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team leads the Early Bird Invitational, at Colorado State University, with 362 total points. The University of Denver is in second with 285 points and is followed by Metropolitan State College (200), the University of Colorado (154) and the Colorado School of Mines (148). The Women are in third place with 217 points. They trail only Colorado State University (519) and the University of New Mexico (231).
On the men's side of the meet the Cowboys won 5 of 6 events Friday. In the 200 freestyle medley the team of Grant Kritzinger, Bryce Perica, Morgan Wardell and Jon George swam a 1:28.39 to win the event. Senior Damian Storz won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:48.32. Junior Galen Gough swam a 1:59.86 to win the 200 IM and Jon George won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.43. The lone event the cowboys failed to win was the 400 Medley relay in which Ethan Maclean, Galen Gough, Scott Usher and Jon George placed second with a time of 3:33.78. Lone Cowboy diver Adam Miller won the 1-meter diving competition scoring 254 points.
The women placed third out of eight teams but had no individual event winners. The 200 freestyle relay team of Jody Riskowski, Missy Lewis, Katie Haywood and Lindsay Springer placed third with a time of 1:40.81. Sophomore Helja Vanhala placed third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:18.51. The top Cowgirl finisher in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:14.30, was Senior Allison Schmid. Senior Jody Riskowski swam a 24:93.50 freestyle to place second in the event. The 400 medley relay team of Riskowski, Lewis, Ashley Mallett and Schmid swam a 4:06.81 which was good for third place. The top Cowgirl finisher in the 3 meter diving competition was Sophomore Ashlie Niederer who placed sixth with a score of 356.40.
Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said "I am very pleased with the effort today. It was a very positive day and the kids are swimming really hard."
The Early Bird Invitational will continue all day tomorrow in Fort Collins. The Cowgirls will have a chance to make up some ground on the leaders while the Cowboys will attempt to bring home the championship.