Cowboy Swimming and Diving Team Wins CSU Early Bird Invitational

October 24, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swiming and diving teams had a very successful first meet of the 1998-99 season as the Cowboys won the Colorado State Early Bird Invitational, while the Cowgirls finished third in a nine-team field.

The UW mens squad captured the team title at CSU with 992 team points, easily outscoring second-place University of Denver, which ended with 911 points. Also competing on the mens side were teams from Metro State (631.5 points), Colorado School of Mines (618.5) and the University of Colorado (128).

On the womens side, Wyoming finished third with 533 points. CSU won the meet with 1137, and Fresno State was second at 878. The Cowgirls defeated San Diego State (473), Northern Colorado (310), Denver (306), Metro State (125), Colorado School of Mines (64) and CU (31).

"Im pleased with how both our men and women swam in this first competition," said UW head swimming coach Tom Johnson. "We had some outstanding individual performances, and we also showed some depth in our overall squad. Anytime you can get a team victory, as we did on the mens side, in your first competition, it is a positive. The women swam really well against a strong field in CSU and Fresno. We of course have things we can improve on, but overall Im excited with the way our team came out and competed."

Wyoming had several individuals finish high. Below is a listing of the Cowboy and Cowgirl individual high finishers.

Wyoming MenEventIndividualPlaceTime500 FreestyleMike Hembree1st4:53.40200 Freestyle RelayWyoming2nd1:29.25200 Individual MedleyMickey Aberle1st2:00.09Al Jarrell2nd2:01.5250 FreestyleColin Wallace2nd22.291-Meter DivingOscar Delgodo1st488.45 pointsChristian Brienza 2nd416.00 points400 Medley RelayWyoming2nd3:38.60400 Individual MedleyAl Jarrell1st4:23.41200 FreestyleMike Hembree1st1:47.06200 BreaststrokeMickey Aberle2nd1:00.76100 BackstrokeKirk Hollingsworth 1st54.49800 Freestyle RelayWyoming1st7:24.65200 BackstrokeKirk Hollingsworth 1st1:59.37100 FreestyleColin Wallace1st48.583-Meter DivingOscar Delgodo1st533.401650 FreestyleRyan Typoolt2nd17:23.36

Wyoming WomenEventIndividualPlaceTime200 Freestyle RelayWyoming2nd1:40.27500 FreestyleJessica Schiffl2nd5:11.63