Wyoming Women's Swimming and Diving Come Up Short at Nebraska

Nov. 8, 2002


The University of Wyoming women's swimming and diving team lost a close dual to the University of Nebraska by a score of 141-100, Friday night, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Cowgirls won four events on the day including the 200 freestyle relay. In that relay, the team of Katie Haywood, Lindsay Springer, Janelyn Lilly and Helja Vanhala swam a 1:40.53 which was good for the win. Allison Schmid, who had a tremendous day for the Cowgirls, won both the 500 freestyle and the 200 IM, She swam the 500 freestyle in 5:09.20 and the 200 IM in 2:10.52. Jody Riskowski won the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.54. This was her fastest time in this event this season.

Katie Haywood swam well in the 100 freestyle and placed second with a time of 54.33. Also placing second was Helja Vanhala in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.39. Janelyn Lilly, Missy Lewis and Ashley Mallett all recorded second place finishes as well. Lilly in the 100 backstoke in 1:00.77, Lewis in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.31 and Mallett in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.92. The Cowgirl 200 medley relay team of Riskowski, Lewis, Mallett and Springer placed second with a time of 1:50.98. The top Cowgirl diver on the day was Ashlie Niederer who placed fourth in the 1-meter event and third in the 3-meter dive.

"We did some good things and some bad things tonight," replied head coach Tom Johnson. "We didn't swim well enough to win the meet, which is disappointing, but we swam hard. Helja (Vanhala), Allison (Schmid) and Ashley (Mallett) all swam extremely well."

The Cowgirls will have little time to recover as they face both the University of Kansas and Southwest Missouri State tomorrow. The meet will take place in Lawrence, Kansas and is set to begin at noon. The men will see their first action of the weekend as they take on Southwest Missouri State. "Hopefully we can swim a little better tomorrow," said Johnson. "We will have some more time to recover from the long drive and will be ready to get back into the pool."