Wyoming Swimming and Diving Sweeps the Colorado School of Mines

Nov. 19, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team won 25 of 26 events as they swept the Colorado School of Mines in dual action, Saturday afternoon at Corbett Pool.

The Cowgirls (4-3 overall, 1-1 MWC) took 12 of 13 events on the day as they beat the Orediggers 131-81. The swim of the day came in the 800 freestyle as the Cowgirls broke a ten-year old Corbett Pool record by over ten seconds. In the race, freshman Aimee Stinson and juniors Katie Bigger, Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz swam to a time of 7:52.13 and broke New Mexico's record of 8:02.50 which has stood since 1995. The Cowgirls also won the first relay of the day, as they swam to a time of 4:07.88 in the 400 medley relay. Swimming that relay was junior Lindsey Taylor, Thorson, sophomore Lindsey Russenberger and freshman C.J. Bray.

The win was a complete team effort as ten different Cowgirls each won an individual event. Swimming to first place times were Lehnertz in the 1000 freestyle (11:17.83), sophomore Rachel Leyes in the 200 freestyle (2:06.37), Russenberger in the 50 freestyle (25.41), Stinson in the 400 IM (4:49.33), Bigger in the 100 butterfly (1:01.01), Thorson in the 100 freestyle (54.55) and junior Erin Spadinger in the 200 backstroke (2:17.17). Sophomore Laura Glaab also turned in the fastest time in the 500 freestyle (5:31.13) but swam the race as an exhibition. Diving to first place scores were sophomores Brittany Wainwright and Ginni van Katwijk. Wainwright won the 1-meter (260.55) and van Katwijk won the 3-meter (248.10).

The Cowboys (1-3 overall, 0-1 MWC) won all 13 events as they cruised past the Orediggers 124-108 for their first dual win of the season. They won both the 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay on the day. Freshmen John Hartley, Alex Larkin and Curtis Smith and sophomore Levi Bell won the 400 medley relay (3:35.61) while Smith, freshman Nick Logan, Hartley and junior Nick King won the 800 freestyle relay (7:20.19).

Individually, nine different Cowboys won an event on the day. Swimming to first place times were sophomore Will McCallum in the 1000 freestyle (10:27.33), freshman Henry Holmberg in the 50 freestyle (22.15), sophomore Sam King in the 400 IM (4:14.31), freshman Nick Logan in the 200 backstroke (2:00.31), Levi Bell in the 500 freestyle (5:04.04) and Larkin in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.87). The Cowboys also turned in the fastest time in three more events but swam them as exhibitions. Junior Ron Fogel swam the best time in the 200 freestyle (1:49.60) and 100 butterfly (51.98) while Holmberg did so in the 100 freestyle (49.26).

The Cowboys had an outstanding day on the diving board as both John Lynch and Kevin Bretting qualified for the 2006 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships which are slated for this spring. The juniors qualified in the 3-meter as Bretting dove to a score of 320.08 and Lynch dove to a 320.40. Lynch won the 1-meter with a score of 318.75.

"It was a nice, solid win for both teams," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "It was especially nice for our guys to get their first dual win of the season. I think the biggest race of the day was when the girls broke the pool record in the 800 freestyle relay.

"Our divers were great today. They are so fun to watch and they keep getting better every time they compete. I am very happy that both John and Kevin got their zone qualifications out of the way."

The Cowgirls will return to action on Tuesday as they host their arch-rival Colorado State. The dual is set to begin at 5 p.m. at Corbett Pool.

"Tuesday is one of the biggest duals of the year for the girls," added Johnson. "Both schools are very similar and it is shaping up to be a very exciting dual meet. I hope that we have a nice, rambunctious Wyoming crowd there to cheer us on."