Wyoming Swimming and Diving Team Open Regular Season at Early Bird Invitational

Oct. 20, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team began their regular season thisweekend at the Early Bird Invitational, in Fort Collins, Colo. Both teams competed well in the two day event, which began Friday,Oct. 19 and concluded on Saturday.

The Cowgirls wrapped up the competition with a fourth place finish among eight teams with 597.5 points. Mountain West Conferenceopponent Colorado State University ended up in first place with 1,055 points, as the University of Utah and Fresno State placed insecond and third, respectively.

Junior Mabry Fiddler finished in third place in the 400 individual medley with a 4:43.63 time. Sophomore Ashley Mallett ended in fifthplace in the same event with 4:48.66, as well as second place in the 200 butterfly (2:13.89).

"I was very impressed with Ashley's 200 butterfly performance," said Johnson.

Jody Riskowski (junior) showed a solid performance throughout the invitational. She placed a time of :59.74 in the 100 backstrokegiving her second place. She also ended in fourth place in the 50 freestyle (:24.77), in addition to a fifth place finish for the 200backstroke (2:13.45).

Junior Lauren Colaric continued her diving success with a fifth place finish in the three-meter event. She scored 195.95 points.

The Cowboys concluded the weekend in third place out of seven teams with 797 points. Coming away with the first and secondplace finishes were MWC competitors Air Force Academy and University of Utah, respectively.

Junior Damian Storz competed strongly over the weekend. He finished in first place in the 1650 freestyle (16:54.02), as well as asecond place finish in the 400 individual medley (4:14.41).

Two of the Cowboys finished in the top three for the 200 freestyle. Guy Fulfer (senior) ended in first place (1:44.36) and GrantKritzinger, who is only a freshman, ended in third place (1:45.69). The duo also swam well in the 100 freestyle with second and thirdplace finishes. Fulfer ended in :47.81, while Kritzinger swam in :48.25.

"Guy and Grant were very impressive in the 200 freestyle," said Johnson "We are looking forward to watching them further down theroad. It makes me think that we are more versatile that I thought we would be."

Freshman Scott Usher also demonstrated a solid performance as he took second place in two events, including the 100breaststroke (:58.62) and the 200 breaststroke (2:11.34).

Two of the mens relay teams came away with first place finishes. The mens 800 freestyle relay team, whichconsisted of Ted Dibble (junior), Fulfer, Kritzinger, and Storz, ended with a 7:07.38 time. Junior Jon George, senior Jake Rehard,Fulfer and Kritzinger made up the 400 freestyle relay team, which finished with a time of 3:10.57.

"The relays went very well," said Johnson. "On the mens side, we were very competitive and ran away with the 800 freestyle.The 400 freestyle was also awesome"

Senior Oscar Delgado continued his success in diving at the competition. He ended with the first place finish in the one-meter eventwith 285.20 points, as well as the three-meter event with 280.40 points.

"We need to keep getting better and getting healthy," said Johnson. "We have two weeks and a whole weekend off to prepare for theUniversity of South Dakota and the Air Force Academy."

The swimming and diving team return home to Corbett Pool for their next meet. They will face the University of South Dakota onFriday, Nov. 2 at 6:00 pm. The men will then go on to face the Air Force Academy on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4:00 pm in Laramie.