Cowboy Swimming And Diving In Fifth Place After Second Day Of Purdue Invite

Nov. 22, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team is in fifth placeafter the first two days of the Purdue Invitational in WestLafayette, Ind.

In yesterday's action, the Cowboys swam to four top-eightfinishes. The first came in the 200 freestyle relay whenBryce Perica, Gene Birks, Grant Kritzinger and Brent Bakerswam to an eighth place time of 1:25.36. Individually,Galen Gough finished placed seventh in the 200 IM in 1:54.45and Gene Birks placed sixth in the 50 freestyle with a timeof 21.21.

Today, the Cowboys swam to seven top-eight finishesincluding two second place finishes. Birks placed second inthe 100 butterfly with a time of 48.60 and Scott Usherplaced second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.54.Birks breaks his own record as the second fastest 100butterfly time in UW history. Usher's preliminary time of54.23 is the fastest time thus far this season in thenation.

Others tallying top-eight finishes were Galen Gough and JonMcNeely, both in the 400 IM. Gough swam to a fourth place4:02.35 and McNeely to an eighth place 4:08.19. Adam Millerdove to an eighth place finish on the 3-meter board with ascore of 444.70.

Both Cowboy relay teams finished in the top-eight with the800 freestyle relay team of Birks, Grant Kritzinger, RonFogel and Nick King leading the way with a fourth placefinish in a time of 6:48.28. The 200 medley relay team ofEthan Maclean, Usher, Birks and Kritzinger finished fifthwith a time of 1:32.64.

"Our guys are racing awesome against some greatcompetition," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This isprobably one of the best in season meets we have ever had.I am so pleased with our effort and we are really lookingforward to closing this meet out tomorrow."

Tomorrow will mark the final day of the Invite ascompetition gets underway at noon with preliminary races.Finals are set to begin at 5:00 p.m.

Team Scores Following Day #2:
Purdue-521
Northwestern-456.5
Iowa-411.5
Southern Illinois-385
Wyoming-250
Ohio State-194
Buffalo-151