Cowgirl Swimming And Diving Beats New Mexico In Season Opener

Oct. 21, 2004

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Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of WyomingCowgirl swimming and diving team started the 2004-05 season with abang by defeating New Mexico 147.50-95.50 in their first dual meet ofthe season, Thursday evening at Corbett Pool.

The Cowgirls swam to first place finishes in eight of 13 events,including both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. The Cowgirl200 medley relay team of Heidi Thorson, Erin Spadinger, LindseyRussenberger and Katie Bigger started things off by winning the firstswimming event of the day in a time of 1:51.11. Holly Hansen steppedup and won the second event of the day, the 1000 freestyle in a timeof 11:01.42.

Cowgirl Alex Leziy-Miller swam to first place finishes in both the200 IM and the 100 breaststroke in respective times of 2:13.29 and1:07.77. Other first place finishes came from Thorson in the 100butterfly (58.72), Tamara Lehnertz in the 100 freestyle (53.76) andRachel Leyes in the 100 backstroke (1:00.77).

New Mexico's Becca Barras won both boards of diving scoring 288.60on the 3-meter and 261.00 on the 1-meter. Cowgirl Saara Haapanenplaced second on both boards with scores of 259.05 on the 3-meter and237.44 on the 1-meter.

The Cowgirl 200 freestyle relay team of Lehnertz, Bigger,Russenberger and Kenzie Kotby won the 200 freestyle in a time of1:39.16 to put an exclamation point on the dual win.

"I am very pleased with our performance today, the girls reallystepped up and had a great meet," said UW head coach Tom Johnson."We swam times today that we didn't swim at the end of the seasonlast year and that is really exciting. We have some things to work onand we can get better but overall I am very happy with the way weswam.

"Alex Leziy-Miller showed her leadership today by winning twoevents and Heidi Thorson swam an awesome 100 fly which is her fastesttime ever as a Cowgirl. Hopefully we can build on this momentum andcontinue to improve tomorrow and Saturday."

The Cowgirls will return to action tomorrow as they join the Cowboysto travel to Fort Collins, Colo. for the CSU Early Bird Invite. Theinvite will run tomorrow and Saturday and will take place at the EdoraPool and Ice Center in Ft. Collins.