Wyoming Swimming and Diving Falls at Denver

Nov. 5, 2005

DENVER, Colo. -

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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team had a tough day as both the men and women fell to Denver in dual action, Saturday afternoon at El Pomar Natatorium in Denver, Colo.

The Cowboys (0-1 overall) won just five of 13 events on the day as they fell to Denver 135-108 in their first dual of the season. Leading the way for the Cowboys was sophomore Henry Holmberg, who won a pair of events and set a pool record in the process. His record swim came in the 500 freestyle as he touched the wall in a time of 4:36.33, a time that was over ten seconds faster than the second place finisher. He also won the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:46.12, which was over 21 seconds faster than the rest of the field. Other event victories came from freshman Sam Shook in the 200 IM (1:55.12), junior Ron Fogel in the 200 butterfly (1:53.73) and freshman Alex Larkin in the 200 breaststroke (2:08.80).

The Cowgirls (1-1 overall, 1-0 MWC) won just two individual events on the day and they both came from junior Saara Haapanen on the diving boards. She began the day with a first place score of 227.60 on the 1-meter board and finished with a score of 255.55 on the 3-meter board. Fellow junior Emily Keefer finished second on both boards with a 1-meter score of 224.65 and a 3-meter mark of 245.30. Junior Heidi Thorson had a solid day as she placed second in both the 50 freestyle (24.59) and 100 freestyle (53.20). Freshman Krista Jones and sophomore Lindsey Russenberger each also swam to second place finishes. Jones did so in the 500 freestyle (5:15.13) and Russenberger placed second in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.59).

For various reasons, both the men and women competed without key contributors in their lineups.

"We had a pretty good day, especially with where we are in our training," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "It is disappointing to lose both duals but I was impressed with a lot of the things we did. We were without a few kids who would have helped but I am really proud of the ones who were here. Denver is a tough team who has improved a lot, especially on the women's side.

"We don't have time to be down about today, we have a couple of big duals next weekend and we need to bounce back."

Both teams will return to action next weekend as they travel to the state of Texas for a busy weekend. On Friday, the women will dual with both North Texas and Houston while the men dual with SMU. On Saturday, both teams will take on the newest member of the Mountain West Conference, TCU.