November 23, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming teams competed against Metro State, a Division II team from Denver Colorado, this last Saturday, November 21, at Corbett Pool on the UW campus.
The UW diving teams took their talent on the road at the USC Diving Invitiational in Los Angeles, California, November 19-21.
Both the men's and women's teams had a good showing against Metro State, with the men winning by a score of 167-92 and the women posting a 165-90 victory. Both the Cowboy and Cowgirl squads had just come off of a hard week of training, but swam well enough against the Roadrunners for both to earn wins.
For the women, the relays were dominant, as UW placed 1-2 in the 400 Medley relay and also dominated in the 400 Free relay. Jessica Schiffl won the 200 IM (2:18.30) and the 200 Freestyle (1:59.30) to continue her impressive fall season, while freshman Natalie Koop swept the butterfly events with a time of 1:02.55 in the 100 Fly and 2:15.38 in the 200 Fly. Other Cowgirls that won events were Emily Hollon in the 50 Free (25.41), Bethany Larsen in the 100 Free (55.70), Theresa Nakao in the 100 Breast (1:11.55), and Jen Rice in the 1000 Free (10:45.54).
For the men, the relays were a strong point as well with UW placing first in both the 400 Medley relay and the 400 Free relay. Senior Mike Hembree dominated his events, swimming some of his best times of the season. He placed first in three events; the 100 Back (54.86), the 200 Back (1:56.80) and the 200 IM (2:01.6). Freshman Ryan Typolt won the 100 Free (10:38.14). Other first place finishers for the Cowboys were Mickey Aberle in the 100 Breast (1:00.09) and the 100 Free (47.82), Jon Stone in the 200 Fly (2:02.2), and Al Jarrell in the 200 Breast (2:16.83).
The divers, at the USC Diving Invitational in Los Angeles, competed at one of the largest diving meets of the season. Freshman Oscar Delgado represented UW extremely well at this highly competitive meet. In leading the Cowboy divers, Delgado finished 8th in the 3-meter, 6th in the 1-meter and 4th in the platform.
"I feel that Oscar's best event at this Invite was his 1-meter performance," said Carlos Jimenez, head diving coach. "With a great finals performance, he was able to move up to 6th place and top all WAC competitors. In the 3-meter, Oscar again proved his persistance in his consistent improvements, as making the finals in this field of competitors is quite an accomplishment."
For the women Tara Walker finished 26th in the 1-meter and 31st in the 3-meter. Dominy Thompson finished 33rd in the 1-meter, 38th in the 3-meter and 5th in the platform while teammate Laura Tierney finshed 39th in the 1-meter, 27th in the 3-meter and 6th in the platform.
"The women's events were full of strong competitors and our women performed well considering the field they were up against and the size of the competition,"said Jimenez. "Laura dove a solid 3-meter, Tara and Dominy both threw some new big dives which will help them when it counts at the WAC Championships."