Cowboy Swimming And Diving Places Fifth At Purdue Invite

Nov. 23, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University ofWyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team finished in fifthplace after the final day of the 2003 Purdue Invitational,Sunday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Cowboys, placed a swimmer in the top-eight in all butone event. In the first event of the day, Emre Aydin swamto a fifth place time of 16:03.28 in the 1650 freestyle.His time is the tenth fastest time in UW history. In thesecond event, the 200 backstroke, Galen Gough swam to aneighth place time of 1:55.63. Gene Birks had another greatday placing fifth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.13.

The race of the day came from All-American Scott Usher inthe 200 breaststroke when his time of 1:57.91 set a newBoilermaker Aquatic Center pool record. His time was morethan a full second faster than the second place finisher andwas good for an NCAA "B" cut.

"Scott had an awesome day and I am very pleased with histime and the pool record," said UW head coach Tom Johnson.

Two Cowboys placed in the top-eight of the 200 butterflywith Ron Fogel placing third and Gough placing fourth.Fogel swam a time of 1:49.14 while Gough finished in1:50.34. Fogel's time is the fourth fastest 200 butterflytime in UW history.

Both John Lynch and Adam Miller dove well in the platformevent and each placed in the top-eight. Lynch's score of346.05 was good for a fourth place finish while Miller'sscore of 330.90 was the seventh best score of the meet.

" I thought our divers had a very good day in a very goodfield," added Johnson.

"All together, I thought that we had another very goodday," said Johnson. "This was a great meet for usagainst some great teams. We raced hard, swam well andreally represented our school and conference."

The diving team will return to action in two weeks as theytravel to Ypsilanti, Mich. for the Eastern Michigan DivingInvite December 5-6. Scott Usher will represent UW at theUS Open Dec. 4-6 in Seattle, Wash.

Final Team Scores:
Purdue-736
Northwestern-691.50
Iowa-589.50
Southern Illinois-556
Wyoming-405
Ohio State-302
Buffalo-196
Wabash-22