Wyoming Swimming And Diving Sweeps San Diego State, Colorado School of Mines

Nov. 20, 2004

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Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyomingwomen's swimming and diving team beat San Diego State 173-119 while the Cowboys beat the Colorado School of Mines 170-116, Saturdayafternoon at Corbett Pool. The Wyoming men and women combined to win31 of 32 events on the day.

The Cowgirls won 15 of 16 events on the day as they improved to 3-0overall and 2-0 in Mountain West Conference dual action. The 200medley relay team of freshman Rachel Leyes, and sophomore's ErinSpadinger, Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz won the event in a timeof 1:48.67. The 400 freestyle relay team of Lehnertz, Thorson,sophomore Katie Bigger and freshman Angela DeWolf swam the fastesttime of 3:38.53 but swam it as an exhibition.

Individually, Lehnertz, Leyes and freshman Lindsey Russenberger eachwon two events. Lehnertz swam to first place finishes in the 100freestyle (53.77) and the 200 freestyle (1:55.15) while Leyes won the100 backstroke (1:00.93) and the 200 backstroke (2:12.59) andRussenberger won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.56) and the 200breaststroke (2:28.22). Other first place finishes came fromsophomore Holly Hansen in the 1000 freestyle (10:53.94), sophomoreLindsay Taylor in the 200 butterfly (2:14.61) and senior Kristin Lewisin the 500 freestyle (5:22.03). Thorson won the 100 butterfly (58.59)and sophomore Lauren Beard won the 200 IM (2:14.78) but both timeswere swam as exhibitions.

The Cowgirls swept both boards of diving as freshman BrittanyWainwright won the 1-meter (250.85) and sophomore Emily Keefer won the3-meter board (252.35).

" I am very happy with a conference dual win," said UW head coachTom Johnson. "The girls swam very well and they continue to getbetter each time out."

The Cowboys won all 16 events on the day as they improved to 2-0 onthe season. The 200 medley relay team of freshman Carl Marais, seniorScott Usher, sophomore Ron Fogel and senior Grant Kritzinger won theevent in a time of 3:26.17. The 400 freestyle relay team of Marais,Kritzinger, senior Bryce Perica and freshman Henry Holmberg swam atime of 3:12.17.

Individually, Marais, Perica and Fogel each swam to a pair of firstplace finishes. Marais won the 200 freestyle (1:41.30) and swam thefastest 200 backstroke (1:50.89) but swam it as an exhibition. Histime in the 200 backstroke is a new Corbett Pool record, surpassingBYU's Scott Mefford's time of 1:51.57 which he swam in 1984.Perica won the 50 freestyle (21.87) and the 100 freestyle (48:24)while Fogel won the 100 butterfly (52.50) and 200 butterfly (1:56.53).

Usher swam to a first place time of 2:02.62 in the 200 breaststrokeas he won the event by more than 20 seconds. Other first placefinishes came from sophomore Emre Aydin in the 1000 freestyle(10:09.80), freshman Piers Blyth in the 100 backstroke (54.38),freshman Will McCallum in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.00), sophomoreNick King in the 500 freestyle (5:02.32) and freshman Sam King in the400 IM (4:18.86).

The Cowboy divers also swept both boards of diving as sophomore JohnLynch won both boards, scoring 280.20 on the 1-meter and 295.10 on the3-meter.

"The men swam very well today," added Johnson. "Both relay'swere very strong and Carl had a great meet and broke the pool recordin the 200 back.

"As a whole, we have to continue working hard and get ready for theVegas Invite and the bulk of our season. We have some sick kids andwe need to get healthy. We will let them go home and enjoyThanksgiving before getting after it again."