Cowboy Swimming And Diving Wins Early Bird Invite And Cowgirls Place Second

Oct. 25, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming men's Swimming and Diving team won the CSU EarlyBird Invite by 186 points and the girls placed second, 442.5points behind CSU, in Ft. Collins, Saturday evening.

The Cowboys cruised to a first place finish after winning11 of 15 events on the day including the 400 medley relay,the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The daybegan with a first place finish in the 400 medley relay whenEthan Maclean, Scott Usher, Gene Birks and Grant Kritzingerswam a time of 3:30.39. The same four Cowboys swam a firstplace time of 1:35.07 in the 200 medley relay. In the finalrelay of the day, Birks, Bryce Perica, Maclean andKritzinger won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of3:11.89.

Galen Gough, Gene Birks and Usher each won two events onthe day. Gough was victorious in the 400 IM (4:09.30) andthe 200 butterfly (1:54.70); Birks placed first in the 100butterfly (50.34) and the 100 freestyle (47.01); and Usherwon both breaststroke events with a 100 time of 55.97 and a200 time of 2:04.71. Ethan Maclean also came away with afirst place finish in the 100 backstroke with his time of52.65. The Cowboys dominated the 3 meter diving event withJohn Lynch placing first with a score of 454.65.

The Cowgirls won two individual events including the 100butterfly and the 1 meter diving board, both wins comingfrom freshmen. Heidi Thorson's time of 1:00.02 won the100 fly and Saara Haapanen's score of 248.20 won the 1meter dive.

"I couldn't be more pleased with our swimming today,"said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We raced hard and won alot of events. It was a great effort on both sides.

"The men stepped up and swam very well. Our relays weresharp and Gene, Galen and Scott all had great days. Thewomen battled hard and swam much faster today than we did ayear ago at this meet. The freshmen really stepped up and Iam very proud of them. Our divers also had a great day,they were really exciting to watch."

The UW swimming and diving team will return to action twoweeks from now as the Cowgirls will compete at the LoboInvite Nov. 7-8 in Albuquerque while both the men and womenwill take on Colorado, in Laramie, on Nov. 8. The men willalso race against Metro State and the Colorado School ofMines on the eighth. Start time in Laramie is set for noonat Corbett Pool.