Cowgirls Defeat Northern Colorado in Home Dual

November 30, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Cowgirl swimmers competed in a dual meet versus the University of Northern Colorado on Tuesday, November 24, at Corbett Pool on the UW campus.The UW women had a very good meet as they defeated UNC by a score of 194-105.

The Wyoming women dominated the Bears by winning 11 of the 14 events swam at Corbett Pool. Leading the Cowgirls were Jen Rice, Jessica Schiffl and Jennifer Schurz. Jessica Schiffl won the 1000 Free (11:03.71) and the 400 IM (4:46.14). Jennifer Rice placed first in the 200 Back (2:13.05) and the 200 Free (1:57.11), and Jen Schurz won the 100 Fly (1:01.56).

Emily Hollon and Bethany Larsen won the sprinting events, with Hollon in the 50 Free (25.17) and Larsen in the 100 Free (54.90). Senior Theresa Nakao won the 200 Breast (2:34.50) and placed second in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:11.49. Rounding out the individual winners for the Cowgirls were freshmen Natalie Koop in the 200 Fly (2:15.03) and Ashley West in the 100 Back (1:01.97).

The relay teams for UW also swam strong as they won the 200 Free Relay and placed a close second in the 200 Medley Relay. The winning 200 Free Relay consisting of Bethany Larsen, Emily Hollon, Jaime LaBrayere and Carrie Behrens posted a time of 1:40.44. Cowgirls Ashley West, Theresa Nakao, Jennifer Schurz and Bethany Larsen made up the 200 Medley Relay team and posted a time of 1:52.67.

The diving team helped the Cowgirls out a great deal in the win over UNC with freshman Tara Walker winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

Tara Walker ran away with the scores in both the events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 233.30 and the 3-meter with a score of 258.25. Laura Tierney was second behind Walker in the 1-meter with a score of 221.95, and Freshman Sadie West scored a 202.75 placing sixth in the 1-meter event.

"I was very impressed with Tara Walker, she came very close to qualifying for the Zone Championships, Jimenez said. "All of the girls did very well and I am proud of them."

In the 3-meter behind Walker for the Cowgirls was Dominy Thompson placing third with a 232.70. Laura Tierney was fifth in the event with a score of 222.55.

Diving Coach Carlos Jimenez thought that the women dove solidly. "I thought our divers did very well coming off a traveling trip like the USC Invitational. Everyone is tired, especially the younger kids, this is their first time putting in this kind of effort. When the girls are diving as well as they are, and as tired as they are, it is a testament that they are working hard and putting forth the effort."