Wyoming Swimming and Diving Wraps up Second Day of Notre Dame and Texas Invites

Dec. 2, 2005


The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams closed out the second day of the Notre Dame and Texas Invites, Friday night in South Bend and Austin.

The Cowgirls remained in fourth place after the second day of competition at the Notre Dame Invite with 695.5 team points. Notre Dame continues to lead the women's field with 1,249 team points. Truman State took control of second place (1,091), while Utah (1,073), the Cowgirls and North Dakota (511.5) round out the top-five of the 11 team invite.

Individually, seven different Cowgirls finished in the top-10 of a race on the day. Leading the way was sophomore Lindsey Russenberger who finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.89. Junior Erin Spadinger finished eighth in that race with a time of 1:06.72. Freshman Aimee Stinson had another great day as she swam to a fourth place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.00, the fourth best time in UW history. Junior Lauren Beard had a big day in the 400 IM as she placed fourth with a time of 4:33.11. She swam the event even faster this morning and her time of 4:31.97 was the fastest preliminary time in the event. Other top-10 finishes came from junior Heidi Thorson who placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (58.04), sophomore Brittany Wainwright who placed eighth in 1-meter diving (248.55) and junior Tamara Lehnertz who placed tenth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.18).

The Cowgirls had a pair of strong relays as the both the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays placed fifth with respective times of 1:47.96 and 7:46.77.

The Cowboys climbed a spot in the team standings and are currently in fourth place with 635 team points. Notre Dame leads the men's field with 1,978.5 points, while Utah (970), North Dakota (721), the Cowboys and Truman State (610.5) round out the top-five of the nine team invite.

In today's action, five different Cowboys finished in the top-10 of their events. The best Cowboy finish came from sophomore Henry Holmberg as he swam to a second place time of 1:40.89 in the 200 freestyle. Junior Ron Fogel had a strong day as he placed third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.80. Sophomore Sam King also swam to a third place finish with his time of 4:04.09 in the 400 IM. The other top-10 swims came from freshman Sam Shook as he placed seventh in the 400 IM (4:07.44) and freshman Eli Bell who placed tenth in the 200 freestyle (1:42.81).

The Cowboys also had a very good 800 freestyle relay as they turned in a third place time of 6:53.37.

In diving action at the Texas Invite, a pair of Cowboys dove in the finals of the 1-meter springboard in juniors John Lynch and Kevin Bretting. Lynch dove to a fourth place score of 275.05 and Bretting finished seventh with a score of 257.40.

"We had a much better day today than we did yesterday," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We seemed to come to life and were much sharper in the water. We had some great individual performances like Lauren Beard and Sam King in the 400 IM and also from Lindsey Russenberger, Aimee Stinson, Ron Fogel and Henry Holmberg. I also thought the 800 free relays were a huge highlight.

"I was very encouraged by today and I hope we come out tomorrow with the same intensity to see if we can't move up a little in the ranks."

Both invites will conclude tomorrow with preliminary action in the morning and finals beginning tomorrow night.

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