Wyoming Swimming and Diving Falls at TCU

Nov. 12, 2005


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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team had a tough Saturday afternoon as both the men and women fell to TCU in dual action at TCU's University Recreation Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Cowgirls (3-3 overall, 1-1 MWC) won six of 13 events but fell to the Horned Frogs 134.5-108.5. They opened the dual on a good note as the 400 medley relay team swam to a first place, and season best, time of 3:57.01. Swimming the relay were sophomores Rachel Leyes and Lindsey Russenberger and juniors Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz. Individually, junior Erin Spadinger and freshman Aimee Stinson led the way for the Cowgirls as each swam to a pair of first place finishes. Spadinger won both the 200 IM (2:10.91) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.80) while Stinson won both the 1000 (10:25.79) and 500 freestyles (5:04.12). Stinson's time in the 1000 is the third fastest in UW history. The Cowgirls other first place finish came from junior Katie Bigger in the 200 butterfly (2:10.92). A highlight for the Cowgirls on the diving boards was junior Saara Haapanen's score of 286.13 in 3-meter action. Her score qualifies her for the 2006 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships this spring.

The Cowboys (0-3 overall, 0-1 MWC) won just five of 13 events as they fell to TCU by a final score of 133-110. Leading the way for the Cowboys was sophomore Henry Holmberg who won both distance freestyle events. He opened the dual with a first place swim in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:36.57 and also won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:38.15. Other first place finishes came from freshman Sam Shook in the 200 IM (1:54.95), junior Kevin Bretting in 1-meter diving (287.10) and junior Ron Fogel in the 200 butterfly (1:53.08).

"I'm disappointed that we lost but I'm really proud of our kids and how they competed during a tough and busy weekend," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Our women were very spirited and had a good meet against a tough TCU team. Our guys also swam very well especially considering that we were without some guys."

The UW swimming and diving team will return to action next Saturday as they host the Colorado School of Mines. The dual is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Corbett Pool.