Cowgirl Swimming And Diving Finishes Third At 2003 Lobo Invitational

Nov. 9, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming Cowgirl Swimming and Diving team swam to a thirdplace finish at the 2003 Lobo Invitational after Friday andSaturday's competition. The Cowgirls finished with 634team points behind Colorado State (1,151) and NorthernArizona (824). The Cowgirls beat New Mexico (596), NewMexico State (317) and Northern Colorado (231).

The Cowgirls swam to top five finishes in 13 eventsincluding the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays as well asthe 200 and 400 medley relays. The 200 freestyle relay teamplaced fifth with a time of 1:41.06, the 400 medley relayteam placed fourth (4:02.20), the 200 medley relay placedthird (1:52.23), the 800 freestyle relay placed third(7:59.53) and the 400 freestyle relay placed second(3:37.32).

Individually, the Cowgirls were paced by senior captainKatie Haywood who swam to three top-five finishes on theweekend. Haywood started the meet with a fifth place finishin the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.08. She then swam toa fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of54.09. Haywood also placed fifth in the 100 backstroke(1:00.57) just behind freshman Heidi Thorson (1:00.46), whoplaced fourth.

Thorson came away with her second top-five finish of themeet as she placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.14).Senior Ashley Mallett and freshman Lauren Beard also had topfive finishes on the weekend. Mallett finished fifth in the200 butterfly with a time of 2:12.77 and Beard swam to afifth place time of 2:11.49 in the 200 backstroke.

Freshman Saara Haapanen had a great weekend finishing inthe top five of both the 1 and 3 meter diving events. Herscore of 223.65 placed her third on the 1 meter board whileher score of 421.45 was good for a fourth place finish onthe 3 meter board.

"I am really pleased with the way the kids swam thisweekend," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I thought weraced really hard and did an outstanding job of stepping upand taking it to these teams.

"I think our strong performances are a testament to ourimprovement. Our freshmen are starting to get someexperience and are feeling more comfortable and our seniorleadership in Katie (Haywood) and Janelyn (Lilly) isawesome."

On the weekend the Cowgirls came away with their first dualwin of the season by defeating New Mexico within theinvitational. The Cowgirls MWC dual record moves to 1-0with the win.

The women will team up with the men to travel to Denvernext Saturday for a non-conference dual. Start time inDenver is set for noon.