Nov. 30, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. -
For the Wyoming swimming and diving teams, the second day of competition at the Husky and Texas Invites was highlighted by a provisional NCAA qualifying and school record swim by sophomore Megan Evans and a top-eight diving finish by senior Brittany Wainwright. The swimmers competed in Seattle, Wash. and the divers competed in Austin, Texas on Friday.
Among four ranked teams and 12 overall teams, the Cowgirl swimmers are currently in sixth place with 310 team points. The Cowboys are currently in seventh place of a ten team field, four of which are ranked, with 269 team points.
Evans had another great day in Seattle as she broke her own school record and turned in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:22.91 in the 400 IM. Her swim was good for a ninth place finish. Freshman Stephanie Vint also had a great swim in the 400 IM and turned in the second fastest time in school history of 4:26.63 and placed tenth.
Freshman Lesley Young had a very good showing in the 100 breaststroke and placed 10th with a time of 1:04.00, the third best time in Wyoming history. In the 200 freestyle, Aimee Stinson swam to a 16th place finish with a time of 1:53.83.
In relay action, the Cowgirls placed sixth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.21 and seventh in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:37.22.
For the Cowboy swimmers, senior Levi Bell had the highest finish of the day as he placed seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.74. His preliminary time of 56.31 is the fifth best time in school history. Junior Alex Larkin was close behind with an 11th place time of 56.14 in the B final of the event. Levi's younger brother Eli had a very nice performance in the 200 freestyle as the junior turned in a 13th place time of 1:40.53. Two Pokes swam well in the 400 IM with senior Sam King placing 13th (4:00.44) and junior Sam Shook placing 16th (4:07.70).
The Cowboy relay teams swam to a pair of seventh place finishes swimming a time of 1:33.50 in the 200 medley and a time of 6:48.79 in the 800 freestyle.
"I thought we had some good swims and it was really nice to get some kids into the big finals tonight," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Our biggest event was definitely the women's 400 IM. Megan swam an NCAA "B" cut and broke her own school record, Stephanie moved into the top-five and Kari (Budd) moved into the top-10 all-time.
"As a team, we usually have a good third day in championship meets like this and we are really looking forward to getting back in the water on Saturday."
The UW divers had a much improved second day of the Texas Invite that was highlighted by Wainwright's eighth place finish, out of 36 competitors, in the one-meter diving event (251.25). Sophomore Emily Huth placed 17th in the event (219.80) and freshman Allie Smith placed 27th (191.95) in her first college meet. Junior Tyler Miller led the way for the Cowboys by placing 12th in the three-meter event with a score of 284.30. Freshman Kyle Bogner placed 16th with a score of 227.70.
"We bounced back from a tough day yesterday and did some very good things on Friday," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "Brittany's top-eight performance was great to see. Tyler was a little sick on Thursday so it was nice for him to rebound today with a solid round."
Both invites will conclude on Saturday.