Dec. 2, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming team closed out the 2007 Husky Invite in style late Saturday night, as they had their best single day performance. In all, four UW swimmers qualified for the A finals at the KingCo Aquatics Center in Seattle, Wash.
Among four ranked women's teams, the Cowgirls finished sixth of 12 teams in the final team standings with 542 team points. The Cowboys, who were also competing against four ranked teams, placed seventh of ten teams with 411 team points. Twenty-first ranked USC won the women's invite with 1369 team points and fourth ranked Michigan won the men's event with 1621.5 team points.
"We had a good meet against some of the best teams in the nation. I believe the women had around 30 top-10 swims and the men had a bunch as well. We broke five school records on the weekend and had two NCAA "B" cuts which is all very exciting," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We were able to see a lot of our strengths are but also the areas that need improvement. I think we are a pretty good team and if we stay at it and keep improving, the rest of the season is going to be exciting."
The performance of the day for the Cowboys came from junior Alex Larkin who achieved his first NCAA provisional qualifying mark of the season. He did so in the 200 breaststroke where he placed third with a time of 1:59.62. Senior Levi Bell also reached the finals in the 200 breaststroke where he placed eighth with a time of 2:02.58.
The Cowgirls day was highlighted by another school record for sophomore Cassie Stelow and two women swimming in the A final of the 200 breaststroke. Stelow turned in her second school record of the weekend when she touched the wall in the 100 freestyle in a time of 51.87. That swim was good for 25th place in the event. The 200 breaststroke was the best team event of the weekend for UW as sophomores Megan Evans and Jessica Fruhwirth each reached the finals where Evans placed seventh (2:18.35) and Fruhwirth was eighth (2:20.74). Evans' time is the third fastest in school history. Freshman Lesley Young also fared well in the event and placed 11th with a time of 2:19.87.
The Cowgirls also got some very nice performances from freshman Erin Wagner, junior Krista Jones and sophomore Maggie Bach. Wagner and Jones both reached the B final in the 200 backstroke where Wagner placed 12th (2:05.05) and Jones placed 16th (2:07.57). Bach swam to a 15th place time of 2:06.95 in the 200 butterfly.
In the only relay event of the final day, both the Cowgirls and Cowboys placed ninth in the 400 freestyle. The women swam a time of 3:29.77 and the Cowboys touched the wall in 3:04.56.
The Cowgirls will return to the friendly waters of Corbett Pool next weekend for a Mountain West Conference dual meet with San Diego State. The Cowgirls and Aztecs will square off next Saturday at 12 p.m.