Wyoming Swimming and Diving Sweeps Denver

Nov. 6, 2004

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Laramie, Wyo. --

The University of Wyomingmen's and women's swimming and diving team's swept the DenverPioneers in dual action, Saturday afternoon at Corbett Pool. TheCowboys beat Denver 149-90 while the women won by a score of 144-99.

The Cowboys (1-0) cruised to their first dual win of the season byplacing first in 12 of 13 events and breaking three Corbett PoolRecords. Junior Gene Birks and freshman Henry Holmberg led theCowboys with first place finishes in two events each. Birks won boththe 50 freestyle (21.17) and the 100 butterfly (49.46) while Holmbergwon the 1000 freestyle (9:52.20) and the 500 freestyle (4:40.54).Birks' 100 butterfly time is a new Corbett Pool record, breakingBYU's Diogo Yabe's time of 49.87 from last year. Freshman CarlMarais set a new Corbett Pool record in the 100 backstroke by swimminga time of 50.90. He breaks junior Ethan Maclean's mark of 51.30from 2003. Senior Scott Usher won the 100 breaststroke in a time of56.47, freshman Sam King won the 200 IM in a time of 1:58.16 andsenior Grant Kritzinger won the 100 freestyle in a time of 47.91.

The Cowboy divers swept both boards of diving with senior Adam Millerwinning the 1-meter board (273.90) and sophomore Kevin Brettingwinning the 3-meter board (264.00).

The 200 medley relay team of Marais, Usher, Birks and senior BrycePerica set a new Corbett Pool record with a time of 1:32.07. The oldrecord of 1:32.12 was swam by BYU last season. The 200 freestylerelay team of Perica, Kritzinger, sophomore Brent Baker and freshmanSteve Burnham swam the fastest time of 1:26.66 but swam it as anexhibition and therefore won no points.

"The guys proved to me that they are worthy of the top-25 votesthey are getting," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Carl, Geneand the 200 medley relay swam awesome while setting new pool records.I was very impressed with our freshman especially Henry, Carl and Sam. It was an impressive win in impressive fashion."

The Cowgirls picked up a huge win as they improved their overall dualrecord to 2-0 on the season. They earned first place finishes ineight of 13 events. Sophomores Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz ledthe way with first place finishes in two events each. Thorson won the50 freestyle (24.78) and the 100 butterfly (57.89) while Lehnertz wonthe 100 freestyle (53.89) and the 200 freestyle (1:54.68). FreshmanLindsey Russenberger won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:06.50.Sophomore Erin Spadinger (1:06.54) and junior Alex Leziy-Miller(1:07.20) finished in second and third in the event putting anexclamation point on the dual win.

The Cowgirl divers also swept both boards of diving on the day.Freshman Brittany Wainwright won her first career board of diving whenshe scored 239.03 on the 1-meter. Sophomore Saara Haapanen won the3-meter with a score of 242.93.

The Cowgirls closed out the dual win with a first place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. Freshman Haley Bonin, Thorson, junior KenzieKotby and Lehnertz swam the top time of 1:38.59.

"I am really proud of our girls, they had an awesome meet," saidJohnson. "I thought Tamara's two wins, Heidi's wins and our 100breaststroke going 1-2-3 were key. Our divers were dominating, onboth sides, and gave us huge leads coming into the dual.

"Overall, it was a great team effort, everybody contributed, therewas a ton of enthusiasm and I am extremely proud of everyone'sefforts today."

The swimming and diving teams will return to action in two weeks when the women host San Diego State and the men host the Colorado School of Mines on Sat., Nov. 20. The dual is set to begin at 12 p.m. atCorbett Pool.