Dec. 2, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming swimming and diving team had its best day of the weekend as they wrapped up competition at the 2006 Texas Invitational, Saturday night at the Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The Cowboys finished seventh out of 11 teams while the Cowgirls finished 11th out of 16 teams.
"This was by far our best day of the weekend," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "We had some great performances and I am very proud of our kids for how they competed against some of the best teams in the nation. This invite is going to pay dividends for us and will make us a better team down the road."
The Wyoming divers concluded a terrific meet Saturday night with a pair of high finishes in the platform event. Senior Kevin Bretting captured the highest UW finish for the third consecutive day. He placed fifth in the event with a score of 247.00. Freshman Stephanie Ortiz had a break out performance and captured the highest Cowgirl finish of the day with a seventh place score of 200.15.
"Our divers finished an outstanding weekend with some great performances in the platform event. They carried us through this whole meet and I am so proud of them," added Johnson.
The swim of the day for Wyoming came from senior Ron Fogel who reached the "A" Final in the 200 butterfly where he swam to a seventh place time of 1:48.42. Another great individual performance came from freshman Robbie Hilton who placed 11th in the 1650 freestyle, swimming to a time of 15:55.84.
The best team event of the day for the Cowboys was the 200 breaststroke where four Cowboys reached the finals. Leading the way was sophomore Alex Larkin, who turned in a 14th place time of 2:03.18. He was followed by senior Dan Jones who placed 22nd (2:09.01), junior Levi Bell with a 23rd place finish (2:09.06) and junior Will McCallum who placed 26th (2:07.92).
Other Cowboys who reached tonight's finals included junior Sam King and sophomore Sam Shook. Both had good showings in the 200 backstroke with King placing 29th (1:52.90) and Shook placing 31st (1:54.26). Senior Nick King also reached the finals and swam to a 31st place time of 1:58.56 in the 200 butterfly.
Leading the way for the Cowgirl swimmers was sophomore Aimee Stinson who placed 17th in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:07.79. Two Cowgirls also reached the finals in the 200 breaststroke with freshman Jessica Fruhwirth placing 22nd (2:22.01) and senior Erin Spadinger placing 27th (2:22.50). Other night swims came from freshman Olena Moher with a 31st place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:06.41) and freshman Kari Budd with a 30th place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:02.97).
In relay action, the Cowboys placed 11th in the 400 freestyle relay turning in a time of 3:06.98. Competing for the Pokes were sophomores Eli Bell and Matt Urich and freshmen Sam Holmes and Vinny Crispino. The Cowgirls placed 20th in the same relay event with a time of 3:32.11. Competing in the women's event was sophomore Aimee Stinson and seniors Heidi Thorson, Katie Bigger and Tamara Lehnertz.
The swimming and diving team will not return to action until after the Holiday break. The swimmers will compete in the UC Irvine Invite Jan. 4-5 while the divers will compete against Trinity University on Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Texas.