Dec. 1, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas -
During the second day of competition at the 2006 Texas Invite, the Wyoming divers continued to excel as three seniors reached the finals, Friday at the Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
"As a whole we had a pretty good day," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "Our divers were unbelievable again today. A few of them are right on track to reach the NCAA's which I am so proud of. On the swimming side, the kids are competing against some great competition. We are taking our lumps but we are learning from it. There is no doubt that this is going to help us down the road."
The best Wyoming finish of the day came from senior Kevin Bretting who had a phenomenal finish in the 3-meter diving event, finishing third with a score of 329.55. Senior John Lynch was close behind as he placed seventh with a score of 313.80. For the Cowgirl divers, senior Saara Haapanen led the way with an eighth place finish in the 1-meter event. She finished with a score of 260.50.
Leading the way for the UW swimmers was the breaststroke tandem of sophomore Alex Larkin and senior Erin Spadinger. Larkin had a great day and placed 14th in the men's 100 breaststroke with a U.S. Senior Nationals qualifying time of 56.62. Spadinger had a solid swim in the women's 100 breaststroke and placed 26th with a time of 1:04.86.
Juniors Will McCallum and Levi Bell and senior Dan Jones also all reached the finals of the 100 breaststroke. McCallum placed 20th (58.64), Bell placed 24th (1:00.23) and Jones placed 27th (1:00.05). Other Cowboys who reached the night's finals included sophomore Sam Shook, junior Sam King and Jones in the 400 IM. Shook won the third finals heat and placed 17th (4:01.39), King placed 22nd (4:03.64) and Jones placed 27th (4:07.64). Sophomore Matt Urich was the top Cowboy finisher in the 200 freestyle as he swam a 40th place time of 1:41.56.
The Cowboys had a strong 800 freestyle relay placing seventh with a time of 6:50.81. The relay was swam by sophomores Eli Bell and Matt Urich, senior Ron Fogel and freshman Sam Holmes. The Poke relays also placed 13th in the 200 medley (1:35.23) with Shook, Larkin, Urich and freshman Vinny Crispino competing.
The Cowgirl relays also had a good day and placed 17th in both the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. They were paced in the medley relay by freshmen Olena Moher, Jessica Fruhwirth and Cassie Stelow and senior Katie Bigger who turned in a time of 1:46.01. The 800 freestyle relay turned in a time of 7:37.17 on the shoulders of sophomore Aimee Stinson, Bigger, sophomore Krista Jones and senior Tamara Lehnertz.
Top Cowgirl finishers in other events included senior Lauren Beard, who placed 33rd in the 400 IM (4:32.65) and missed the finals by just .16 seconds, Stinson who placed 42nd in the 200 freestyle (1:52.56) and junior Rachel Leyes who placed 55th in the 100 backstroke (59.80).
The Texas Invite will conclude tomorrow with scheduled events that include the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay and platform diving. Preliminary rounds will begin at 9 a.m. (Mountain Time) and finals will start at 5 p.m.