Solid Saturday For Wyoming Swimming and Diving

Oct. 22, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Cowgirl swimming and diving team opened the 2005-06 season with a Mountain West Conference dual win over New Mexico while the Cowboys opened the season with a second place finish at the Colorado State Early Bird Invite on Saturday.

The Cowgirls started the season with a big 149-94 dual win, on the road, over MWC rival New Mexico. The Cowgirls won nine of 13 events en route to improving to 1-0 on the season.

Leading the way for the Cowgirls was junior Heidi Thorson and freshman Aimee Stinson, who both won two individual events. Thorson won both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly in respective times of 24.66 and 58.55. Stinson won both distance freestyle events, swimming to a time of 10:35.10 in the 1000 and 5:12.60 in the 500. Other event victories for the Cowgirls came from junior Tamara Lehnertz in the 200 freestyle (1:56.99), sophomore Lindsey Russenberger in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.23), sophomore Brittany Wainwright in 3-meter diving (271.50) and sophomore Ginni van Katwijk in 1-meter diving (257.77). The Cowgirls also won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:49.61.

"We had an awesome dual today, the girls swam and dove really well," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We started out with a bang and never looked back. We had a rough week of workouts and even trained a little this morning, so to come out and compete like this was something special. I am so pleased with the team and way we are coming together. I love the work ethic this team has."

The Cowboys placed second in the 2005 Colorado State Early Bird Invite, finishing second to just TCU. TCU won the two day invite with a team score of 1,024.50, while the Cowboys placed second with 968 team points. Air Force (832), Denver (339), Colorado (229.50), the Colorado School of Mines (218) and Metro State (145) rounded out the field.

Junior Ron Fogel, sophomore Henry Holmberg and freshman Eli Bell led the way for the Cowboys as they each won an individual event. Fogel won the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:53.57, Holmberg won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:38.40 and Bell won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:44.42.

"Our men did really well over the two days and they did it without a couple of key guys," said Johnson. "We put up some good times and good scores over the weekend. I thought our freshman really stepped up.

"I am so excited about both teams. They are so much fun to be around and we are going to keep improving and are going to be something to reckon with."

The UW swimming and diving team will return to action in two weeks to travel to Denver for a non-conference dual with the Pioneers. The dual is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Denver's El Pomar Natatorium.