Nov. 29, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With one team in the Pacific Northwest and the other in the heart of Texas, the Wyoming swimming and diving team began a busy weekend on Thursday. The swimmers began competition in the 2007 Husky Invite in Seattle, Wash. while the divers opened the Texas Invite in Austin, Texas.
In Seattle, the Cowgirls are currently in fifth place out of 12 teams while the Cowboys are in eighth of ten teams. The meet featured numerous top-25 teams on both the men's and women's sides. Twenty-fifth ranked Washington leads the women's meet with 412 team points and are followed by #21 USC (390), #27 Notre Dame (288), #30 UC Santa Barbara (217), the Cowgirls (168) and others. Fourth ranked Michigan leads the men's meet with 461.5 team points and are trailed by #11 Cal (325), #16 USC (224), Washington (217.5), UC Santa Barbara (177), #24 Hawaii (145), Seattle (108) the Cowboys (82) and more.
"I am really happy with the way we swam. We had a lot of all-time performances and personal best times which is great," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "The women had an especially great day and the men were off to a great start but unfortunately got disqualified from the last relay which really cost us. I thought we really came alive with tonight's swims and gave ourselves a nice base to build on tomorrow."
Sophomores Megan Evans and Cassie Stelow each capped a great day with new Wyoming School records. Evans did so with a tenth place finish in the 200 IM (2:04.57) and Stelow did so with a ninth place, consolation championship, finish in the 50 freestyle (23.59). Junior Krista Jones also reached the consolation finals and placed 16th in the 500 freestyle (5:05.20). Another notable performance came from freshman Stephanie Vint who swam the second fastest 500 freestyle time in UW history at 4:56.20 and placed 18th in the event.
For the Cowboys, senior Sam King had the best finish of the day as he placed tenth in the 200 IM with the third best time in school history at 1:50.90. Junior Matt Urich also reached the consolation finals and placed 14th in the 500 freestyle (4:37.03).
In relay action, the Cowgirls placed sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:35.83) and fifth in the 400 medley (3:52.94). The Cowboys placed seventh in the 200 freestyle (1:24.64).
In Austin, a pair of Cowboys and Cowgirls had a solid day in one of the most prestigious meets in the country. Freshman Kyle Bogner had the best performance of the day as he placed 11th in the men's one-meter event with a score of 258.05. Junior Tyler Miller turned in a score of 202.25 which was good for 19th place in the same event. For the women, senior Brittany Wainwright placed 21st (234.25) and sophomore Emily Huth placed 24th (226.30) in the three-meter event.
Both invites will continue tomorrow and wrap-up on Saturday.