Oct. 21, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimmingand diving team dove back into competitive waters for the first timethis season at the Early Bird Invitational in Fort, Collins, Colo.Wyoming came away from the two day event, which began on Friday, Oct. 20and concluded on Saturday, with a solid overall team performance.
The Cowboys placed second out of eight teams with 811 points behindMountain West Conference rival Air Force, who's team outnumbered thePokes two-to-one in number of athletes, with 1,078.50 points.
A talented and young Cowgirl squad placed third out of 11 teams with745 points. Host school and conference foe Colorado State won thewomen's team title with 875.50 points. Former Western AthleticConference rival Fresno State placed second with 800 points.
Combined, both the men's and women's teams won nine events. JuniorOscar Delgado and sophomore Angie Sax each won two events. Delgadoswept both diving events, winning the one-meter with a score of 448.40and the three-meter with a score of 447.50. Sax took top honors in the100 butterfly and the 200 butterfly with times of 58.48 and 2:08.28respectively.
Damian Storz, the 2000 MWC men's freshman swimmer of the year, won the400 individual medley in a time of 4:08.16. Storz also placed second inthe 200 butterfly and the 200 IM. Sophomore Jake Weidert mirrored Storzby finishing first in the 200 butterfly (1:53.48) and second in the 400IM with a time of 4:14.42.
Weidert and Storz were joined by senior Jason Garman and junior GuyFulfer on Wyoming's winning 800 free relay team. The Pokes won therelay with a time of 7:06.38.
Rounding out the first-place finishers for the UW men was senior BuddyBoysen, who set a new meet record in the 100 butterfly, winning theevent with a time of 50.09.
Other strong performances for the men were turned in by Garman in the50 free who placed third in a time of 21.43 and Fulfer in the 100 freewho placed second with a time of 47.98 and third in the 200 free(1:45.25).
The Cowgirls had many outstanding showings as well at the meet.Sophomore transfer Mabry Fiddler won the 200 breast with a time of2:25.17. Fiddler also placed second in the 400 IM (4:37.92) and fourthin the 200 IM (2:11.75).
UW's women took three of the top five spots in the 100 breast withsophomore Missy Lewis placing first in a time of 1:08.55. She wasfollowed by teammate Crystal Mecham, only a freshman, who placed secondwith a time of 1:09.43. Mecham also swam a strong 200 breast, finishingthird (2:27.75).
Sophomore Jody Riskowski also put in a solid performance, placing thirdin the 100 back with a time of 59.59.
The Cowgirl divers had a great meet as well, placing three-four-five onthe one-meter. Sophomore Lauren Colaric placed third (343.55) followedby freshman Channing Kimball and senior Wendy O'Connell. O'Connell alsoplaced fifth in the three-meter event.
UW head swimming coach Tom Johnson said he was pleased with the teamsfirst outing of the year.
"I thought the team competed real well. On the first day we came outreal flat but we fought hard and finished strong." Johnson said. "Wehad many outstanding performances and a few surprises. Overall it was asolid start to our season which we can now build from."
Wyoming's next competition will be November 4, when they host MetroState at Corbett Pool. The dual meet with Metro will begin at 12:00 PM.