Cowboys Win Early Bird Invite And Cowgirls Finish Third

Oct. 23, 2004

Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingmen's swimming and diving team won the 2004 Colorado State EarlyBird Invite while the women placed third, Friday and Saturday in Ft.Collins, Colo.

The Cowboys finished with 1,119.50 team points well ahead of thesecond place Denver Pioneers who finished with 969 points. Air Force(867.50), Colorado (296), the Colorado School of Mines (282 and MetroState (177) rounded out the field.

CSU placed first on the women's side finishing with 1,152 teampoints. Denver (813.50), Wyoming (810.50), New Mexico (707.50), theColorado School of Mines (128.50), Colorado (86), Metro State (84) andNebraska-Kearney (47) rounded out the women's field.

Saturday, the Cowboys earned first place finishes in 12 of 14 events,including all three relays. The 200 medley relay team of freshmanCarl Marais, senior Scott Usher, junior Gene Birks and senior BrycePerica swam a first place time of 1:33.55. The 800 freestyle relayteam of Birks, freshman Henry Holmberg, Kritzinger and Marais swam a7:00.77 and the 800 freestyle relay team of Marais, Birks, Kritzingerand Perica swam a 3:10.29.

Individually, Marais won three events. He swam to first place timesin the 200 freestyle (1:42.15), the 100 backstroke (50.83) and the 200backstroke (1:51.45). Usher won both breaststroke events swimming a57.01 in the 100 and a 2:04.71 in the 200. Birks won both the 100butterfly (49.76) and the 100 freestyle (46.58). Sophomore Ron Fogelwon the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:57.26. On the 1-meter divingboard, sophomores Kevin Bretting (263.70) and John Lynch (255.65)along with senior Adam Miller (249.52) swept the top-three of theboard.

For the Cowgirls, junior Alex Leziy-Miller and sophomore HeidiThorson captured the only first place finishes of the meet.Leziy-Miller won the 200 breaststroke (2:25.06) and Thorson won the100 butterfly (58.90). Sophomore Tamara Lehnertz swam to a secondplace time of 1:55.67 in the 200 freestyle.

In Friday's action, the Cowboy 400 medley relay team of Marais,Usher, Birks and Kritzinger won the event in a time of 3:24.35. TheCowboys swept the 3-meter diving board with Lynch finishing first(473.50), Miller finishing second (429.50) and Bretting finishingthird (401.40). Freshman Sam King won the 200 IM, swimming to a timeof 1:57.63 and Marais finished second in the 50 freestyle in 21.82.

For the Cowgirls, Lehnertz finished third in the 500 freestyle in atime of 5:14.27. The 400 medley relay team of freshman Rachel Leyes,Leziy-Miller, Thorson and Lehnertz swam to a third place time of4:01.03. Sophomore Saara Haapanen dove to a third place finish on the1-meter board with a score of 214.50.

The swimming and diving teams will return to action in two weeks whenthey host Denver on Sat., Nov. 6. The dual is set to begin at 1 Corbett Pool.

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