Oct. 23, 2009
GILLETTE, Wyo. -
In the first day of two in Gillette, Wyo., the University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving team won a total of 19 events. Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls picked up their first dual meet wins of the season over South Dakota and North Dakota.
The Cowgirls defeated South Dakota by a score of 164-59, and 145-78 over North Dakota. The Pokes won over South Dakota by a score of 144-72, and 144-69 against North Dakota
"All in all it was a great meet. We had multiple event winners today," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "The one area concern today was in our relays, but it was a great meet with some great performances."
The Cowgirls started the meet off on the right foot by winning the 200 medley relay and didn't look back after that. The Cowgirls won a total of seven individual events. Freshman Paige Fischer was first in the 1000 freestyle (10:40.27) for her first collegiate win. Other event winners on the day were Cassie Stelow in the 50 freestyle (24.13), Kari Budd in the 200 butterfly (2:08.97), Lesley Young in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.16), and the 200 freestyle relay.
The Cowboys were led by three swimmers that won multiple events. Christian Johnson won both the 50 freestyle (21.72) and 100 freestyle (47.80) while Tyler Kybartas won the 200 freestyle (1:44.30) and 200 backstroke (1:55.69). Brandon Fischer was also a multiple event winner in both the 200 IM (1:54.57) and 200 breaststroke (2:05.02). Along with winning the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, other Cowboys winning events in the pool were Robbie Hilton in the 1000 freestyle (9:51.06), Trevor LeValley in the 200 butterfly (1:56.96), and Sam Holmes in the 500 freestyle (4:45.52).
On the diving boards, Gillette, Wyo., native Tiffany Izatt finished in first on one-meter springboard with a score of 251.75. The men's side was also won by a Wyoming diver. Kyle Bogner scored a 302.55 to win the men's three meter springboard.
"I am really happy with Paige Fischer and Trevor LeValley winning their first collegiate races today," Johnson added. "Stephanie Vint and Kari Budd were very fast, close to the fastest they have swam those events. For the men, the distance swimmers were outstanding. Brandon Fischer, Christian Johnson, and Tyler Kybartas were monsters today by winning multiple events as well. And as always the divers were outstanding. Tiffany won in her hometown and Kyle posted a great score."
The University of Wyoming Swimming and Diving team will continue action again tomorrow against North Dakota and South Dakota in a separate dual meet from day one. Start time is set for 11 a.m. from the Campbell County Aquatics Center.