Wyoming Swimming and Diving Has Busy Friday in Texas

Nov. 11, 2005

DENTON, Texas -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team had a day of mixed results as the Cowgirls won two of three duals while the Cowboys fell to SMU, Friday evening in Denton and Dallas, Texas.

The Cowgirls (3-2 in dual action) competed in a four team dual with SMU, North Texas and Houston on the North Texas campus in Denton. The Cowgirls beat both Houston and North Texas by respective scores of 125-118 and 175-68 but fell to SMU 165-78. The Cowgirls finished in the top-three in four events on the day. Freshman Aimee Stinson swam to the highest Cowgirl finish with her second place time of 5:09.34 in the 500 freestyle. The 200 freestyle relay team comprised of freshman C.J. Bray, junior Katie Bigger, senior Kenzie Kotby and junior Tamara Lehnertz placed third with a time of 1:40.46. On the diving boards, junior Saara Haapanen dove to a third place score of 247.90 in 1-meter and sophomore Ginni van Katwijk placed third in 3-meter with a score of 258.00.

The Cowboys (0-2 overall) won just 4 of 13 events in their dual with SMU as they fell to the Mustangs 125-96 in Dallas. Leading the way for the Cowboys was a trio of freshmen that swam to three event victories. Eli Bell got the first Cowboy win of the dual by swimming to a time of 1:43.86 in the 200 freestyle. Sam Shook then touched the wall in a first place time of 54.06 in the 100 backstroke. Alex Larkin also cruised to a first place finish in the 100 breaststroke by finishing in a time of 58.93. Sophomore Henry Holmberg won an event as well as he swam to a time of 4:42.26 in the 500 freestyle.

"I was pleased with the way both teams competed today," said UW head coach Ton Johnson. "We had a long day of travel that was topped off by a broken down van but the kids didn't let the adversity affect them and did some good things in the water.

"I thought the girls had a great day and the guys swam well against a tough SMU team. It was a big win for our girls to beat Houston, who is a very powerful team. Overall, I am very pleased with our performances and proud of our effort. We have a big day tomorrow and need to be ready to go."

Both teams will return to action tomorrow as they travel to Fort Worth, Texas for a Mountain West Conference dual with TCU. The dual is set to begin at 12 p.m. (MST) at TCU's University Recreation Center.