Cowgirl Swimming and Diving Drops Dual to CSU

Nov. 22, 2005


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The Cowgirl swimming and diving team was touched out in five events as they lost to Colorado State 160-140 in Mountain West Conference dual action, Tuesday night at Corbett Pool.

The Cowgirls won just seven of 16 events on the day as they fell to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in MWC dual action. Despite the loss, the Cowgirls excelled in the breaststroke, distance freestyle and diving events as six of their wins came in those events. Freshman Aimee Stinson swept the distance events as she swam to a first place finish in both the 500 and 1000 freestyles with respective times of 5:15.13 and 10:43.08. She won the events by over a combined 17 seconds. Sophomore Lindsey Russenberger swept the breaststroke events and teammate Erin Spadinger placed second in both. Russenberger won the 100 in a time of 1:05.25 and the 200 in a time of 2:25.26. Spadinger placed second in both events, swimming to respective times of 1:06.80 and 2:26.78.

In diving action, sophomore Ginni van Katwijk had the event of the day as she won the 3-meter diving event and set a new school record in the process. She dove to a record score of 297.53 and qualified for the 2005 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships for the second consecutive year. Junior Saara Haapanen won the 1-meter board with a score of 256.65. In the dual, the divers earned 31 team points as they finished in first and second in the 3-meter and swept the top three spots of the 1-meter.

The other first place finish for the Cowgirls came in the 200 IM as junior Erin Spadinger swam to a first place time of 2:13.12.

"The girls raced hard but we couldn't get things to go our way," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We were touched out in a lot of events, which made for big point swings and cost us the dual. If we would have swam times that are consistent with what weve done this year, it would have been a lot closer.

"This is a great rivalry and it made for a good night of racing. We had a great crowd and a very fun environment. I am just diappointed the result wasn't different."

Following the Thanksgiving break, both Wyoming teams will hit the road for invitational meets. The swimmers will compete in the Notre Dame Invitational while the divers will compete in the Texas Diving Invite. Both meets will run from Thursday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 3.