UW Swimming and Diving Excels During Second Day of Early Bird Invite

Oct. 20, 2007

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - At the 2007 Colorado State Early Bird Invite, both the Cowboy and Cowgirl swimming and diving teams scored the most second day points in the invite, Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo.

The reason for UW only scoring the second day was that just the divers competed in the first day of the invite, which was held Friday night.

"Since we didn't swim the first session last night, our goal was to win today's session and both teams did which is exciting," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We competed against some conference schools in Air Force, CSU and TCU, so to outscore them today is a good sign."

On the day, the Cowgirls won nine of 14 events including all three relays. Individually, junior Aimee Stinson led the way by winning both the 200 and 1650 freestyles with respective times of 1:53.33 and 17:46.76. Other first place finishes came from sophomore Megan Evans in the 400 IM (4:35.71), freshman Lesley Young in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.42), sophomore Cassie Stelow in the 100 freestyle (53.03) and senior Brittany Wainwright in one-meter diving (237.05). Evans' time in the 400 IM is the ninth fastest in UW history.

The Cowboys rattled off first place finishes in eight races including the 400 freestyle relay. A trio of juniors led the way with two first place finishes each in Matt Urich, Eli Bell and Alex Larkin. Urich won the 100 and 200 butterfly (51.43 and 1:57.85), Bell won the 100 and 200 freestyles (46.80 and 1:42.85) and Larkin won both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes (59.06 and 2:10.16). The other first place finish came from senior Sam King who won the 400 IM in a time of 4:13.75.

In Friday's diving, sophomore Emily Huth won the women's 3-meter diving event with a score of 247.45.

"This was another great learning experience for our team and especially the freshmen," added Johnson. "We have some big weeks ahead of us and this was a good meet to get us ready for that challenge."

The UW swimming and diving team will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 3 when they travel to Denver to dual with the Denver Pioneers. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. at El Pomar Natatorium.