Cowboys Finish What They Start at the Early Bird Invite

Oct. 19, 2002


The University of Wyoming men's and women's swimming and diving teams both had an exceptional second day at the Early Bird Invite at Colorado State University. The men held on to their first day lead and won the invite with 1,130.50 team points. The women moved past the University of New Mexico, to move from third place into second. The women finished with 756 points.

The nearest competitor to the Cowboys was the University of Denver with 866 points. The Colorado School of Mines placed third and was followed by Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado.

The Cowgirls trailed only Colorado State who ran away with the meet scoring 1,273 points. The University of New Mexico scored 726 points, which was good for third place. The rest of the field was the University of Denver placing fourth and then Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines, the Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State College.

Almost each event on the men's side was dominated by Wyoming. They won 10 of 13 swimming events and the lone diving event to give them the overall title.

The first event champion of the day was senior Damian Storz in the 400 IM with a time of 4:11.71. Storz also won the 1650 freestyle in 16:52.93. Freshman Ethan Maclean won both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke with times of 54.00 and 53.65. Sophomore Scott Usher won both the 100 breaststroke, with a time of 59.41, and the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.24. The 800 freestyle relay team of Grant Kritzinger, Ted Dibble, Jake Weidert and Storz won the event with a time of 7:14.72. The 100 freestyle was owned by sophomore Grant Kritzinger with a time of 48.67. Sophomore Galen Gough captured the 200 butterfly swimming to the time of 1:55.22. Jon George, Bryce Perica, Dibble and Kritzinger captured the title in the final event by swimming the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.34. Sophomore Adam Miller captured the title in the 3-meter dive to successfully sweep both diving competitions.

UW head coach Tom Johnson said, "We swam very well this weekend and I am very pleased with the effort."

The Cowgirls climbed into second place behind six second place finishers. Junior Ashley Mallett placed second in both the 400 IM and the 200 butterfly with times of 4:45.12 and 2:13.46. Senior Jody Riskowski took the silver in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.12. Sophmore Kristin Lewis swam a 18:16.38 to place second in the 1650 freestyle. The 800 freestyle relay team of Allison Schmid, Helja Vanhala, Adrianne Gers and Janelyn Lilly placed second with a time of 8:01.18. Lilly also captured the final second place finish of the day by swimming the 200 backstroke in 2:12.64.

"The women had a great day today," replied Johnson. "We had a great team effort and I am very pleased. We swam extremely hard and did an excellent job of fighting back."

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls will have a long rest before returning to action in two weeks. Both teams will host the University of North Dakota in a non-conference dual on Saturday, November 2. The meet is set to begin at noon and will be held in Corbett Pool.