Cowboys Swim Past Metro State in Dual Action

Dec. 4, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyomingmen's swimming team beat Metro State 130-86 in dual action, Saturdayafternoon in Denver, Colo.

With the dual win, the 25th ranked Cowboys improve to 3-0 in dualaction on the season. The Cowboys won all 14 events on the day, witha different Cowboy winning each event. The Cowboys started the dualwith an impressive win in the 400 medley relay when freshman CarlMarais, senior Scott Usher, junior Gene Birks and senior GrantKritzinger swam to a time of 3:25.44.

Individually, Usher swam to a first place time of 56.91 in the 100breaststroke, freshman Sam King won the 200 backstroke in 1:58.54 andsophomore Nick King won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:54.75.

Sophomore Emre Aydin swam the fastest 1000 freestyle (10:03.72) butswam it as an exhibition, as was the case with many Cowboys today.Also swimming top times in their respective races but doing so as anexhibition were Marais in the 200 freestyle (1:43.36), junior EthanMaclean in the 100 backstroke (53.83), Birks in the 200 butterfly(1:52.24), Kritzinger in the 50 freestyle (22.40), senior Bryce Pericain the 100 freestyle (48.75), freshman Will McCallum in the 200breaststroke (2:14.77), sophomore Ron Fogel in the 100 butterfly(50.81) and sophomore Dan Jones in the 200 IM (2:05.49).

The 400 freestyle relay team of Marais, Birks, Kritzinger and Pericaclosed out the dual by swimming the fastest time of 3:10.94 but doingso as an exhibition.

"The guys had some really good events and there were some events weneed to improve on," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I thoughtboth of our relays were good, Gene (Birks) swam an awesome 200 fly,Sam (King) swam a nice 200 back and Ron (Fogel) swam really well inthe 100 fly.

"This was a good dual to keep us swimming competitively before wehead to Vegas in two weeks. That will be a big time meet and we needto be ready for it."

The Cowboys return to action as they join the women to travel to theUNLV Winter Invite in two weeks. The invite will run from Sat., Dec.18 through Mon., Dec. 20.