Oct. 21, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team opened the 2006-07 season in style this weekend as the Cowboys won the Early Bird Invite and the Cowgirls placed second at Moby Pool in Fort Collins, Colo.
The Cowboys won the men's side of the invite finishing ahead of Metro State, the Colorado School of Mines and Colorado.
The Cowgirls placed second with 1018 team points behind Colorado State's 1,339.5 points. Northern Colorado placed third with 615 points, followed by Air Force (358), Colorado (166), Colorado School of Mines (153), and Metro State (83.50).
"We were a little tired and banged up after a long couple of weeks of training but that is how it is supposed to be this time of the season. I thought we swam very well considering how beat up we are," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We were able to swim a lot of kids in a lot of events and get a good idea of where we are as a team. I am excited to take what we learned from this meet and get into some important dual meets in the weeks to come."
In Friday's action, sophomore Aimee Stinson and junior Brittany Wainwright each won events for the Cowgirls. Stinson won the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:07.10 and Wainwright won the 3-meter diving event with a score of 278.80. The Cowgirls also won the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:58.08.
On Friday night, the Cowboys won all but one event. Sophomore Eli Bell won the 500 freestyle (4:51.79), sophomore Sam Shook won the 200 IM (1:56.83), freshman Vinny Crispino won the 50 freestyle (22:19) and senior John Lynch won the 1-meter diving event (288.15). The Cowboy 400 medley relay team of won the event in a time of 3:26.29.
Cowgirls who won events on Saturday included senior Erin Spadinger in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.89) and Stinson in the 1650 freestyle (17:48.13). The Cowgirl also won the 200 medley relay on the day.
The Cowboys also won every event but one on Saturday. Cowboys earning wins included junior Sam King in the 400 IM (4:14.19), sophomore Matt Urich in the 100 butterfly (52.59), Eli Bell in the 200 freestyle (1:45.89), junior Will McCallum in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.56), senior Nick King in the 1650 freestyle (17:02.86), Shook in the 200 backstroke (1:56.60), Crispino in the 100 freestyle (48:53), senior Dan Jones in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.00), senior Ron Fogel in the 200 butterfly (1:55.71) and senior Kevin Bretting in the 3-meter diving event (322.00). The Pokes also won the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.56), the 800 freestyle relay (7:11.71) and the 200 medley relay (1:39.22).
The Cowgirl swimming and diving team will return to action next Friday night when they open the Mountain West Conference dual season by hosting New Mexico. The dual will begin at 5 p.m. at Corbett Pool.