Wyoming Swimming And Diving Sweeps Denver

Nov. 15, 2003


Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming swimming and diving team swept the University ofDenver, Saturday afternoon in Denver, with the Cowgirlswinning 134-106 and the Cowboys winning 162-75.

The Cowgirls improved their overall dual record to 2-1 withthe win, despite winning only five of 13 events on the day.Saara Haapanen led the way for Wyoming winning both the oneand three meter diving boards. Her score of 252.50 led theway on the 1 meter board with other Cowgirls filling allfour top spots. The Cowgirl divers also took the top fourspots on the 3 meter board with Haapanen winning with ascore of 243.90.

The three other Cowgirl event victories came from HeidiThorson, Lauren Beard and Ashley Mallett. Thorson won the50 freestyle with a time of 24.65, Beard won the 200 IM in atime of 2:12.80 and Mallet won the 200 butterfly with a timeof 2:11.86.

On the men's side of the dual, the Cowboys swam to eventvictories in ten of 13 events including both relays. Thewin improves their overall dual record to 4-0. The Cowboysstarted things off with a win in the 400 medley relay whenEthan Maclean, Scott Usher, Gene Birks and Grant Kritzingerswam to a time of 3:25.86. The 400 freestyle relay alsowent to the Cowboys with Birks, Kritzinger, Beau Taylor andBryce Perica swimming a time of 3:11.01.

Individually, the Cowboys were led by Galen Gough who cameaway with two event victories. He started things off with awin in the 200 IM with a time of 1:57.44 and his time of1:53.32 was good for the win in the 200 butterfly. AdamMiller also won both the one and three meter diving boardswith scores of 277.30 (1-meter) and 275.65 (3-meter).

Birks, Kritzinger, Maclean and Usher also each came awaywith an event victory. Birks won the 200 freestyle in atime of 1:44.19, Kritzinger won the 50 freestyle in 21.97,Maclean won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:55.87 andUsher won the 200 breaststroke in 2:03.86.

The men set three pool records on the day in the 200breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 medley relay.Usher's time of 2:03.86 set a new 200 breaststroke recordwhile Gough's 200 butterfly time of 1:53.32 and the 400medley relay time of 3:25.86 were also new pool records.

"We didn't swim as well as we could have but I am proudof the kids for battling through and coming away with thewin," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "There isdefinitely room for improvement but that is how it should bethis early in the season."

Both the Cowboys and Cowgirls will return to action nextweekend as the women travel to San Diego State for a MWCdual and the men travel to the Purdue University Invite.Start time is set for noon in San Diego while the PurdueInvite will run Friday through Sunday in West Lafayette,Ind.

"Next week will be a big test for both teams," addedJohnson. "The women will have a tough dual with SanDiego, who was picked just behind us in the preseason MWCpoll, and the men are really excited to see what they can doat a big time meet in Purdue."