Wyoming Swimming and Diving Wraps up Notre Dame and Texas Invites

Dec. 3, 2005


Both the men's and women's swimming teams finished fourth at the Notre Dame Invite, while the divers had a solid day on the platform diving board at the Texas Invite, Saturday in South Bend and Austin.

The Cowgirls finished the Notre Dame Invite in fourth place. Notre Dame won the women's side of the invite with 1,822 team points, finishing ahead of Truman State (1,643), Utah (1,467), the Cowgirls (954.5) and North Dakota (735.5), who rounded out the top-five of the 11 team invite.

Four different Cowgirls finished in the top-10 of their respective events on the night. Freshman Aimee Stinson swam the fourth fastest 1650 freestyle in UW history and placed third in the event with a time of 17:21.03. The Cowgirls had a very strong 200 breaststroke as both junior Erin Spadinger and sophomore Lindsey Russenberger finished in the top-four. Spadinger placed third (2:22.87) and Russenberger placed fourth (2:23.23). Sophomore Rachel Leyes had a strong night as she swam to a ninth place time of 2:07.06 in the 200 backstroke.

The Cowgirls also swam a very fast 400 freestyle relay as they placed fifth with a time of 3:32.65.

The Cowboys recorded 937.5 points, which was also good for a fourth place showing. Notre Dame won the men's invite with 2,813 points, while Utah (1,366), North Dakota (978), the Cowboys and Truman State (892.5) rounded out the top-five of the nine team invite.

The swim of the meet came from junior Ron Fogel who won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.82. Freshman Matt Urich placed fifth in the fly with a time of 1:53.27. Sophomore Henry Holmberg swam a strong 1650 freestyle as he tied for second place with a time of 15:51.11. Junior Nick King placed eighth in the mile with a time of 16:27.45. The final top-ten finish came from sophomore Will McCallum who swam to a tenth place time of 2:09.34 in the 200 breaststroke.

"I thought we had a really great night," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We swam very motivated and I am very happy about that. Aimee had another great night to close out a very solid weekend. Ron had a great 200 butterfly and won a big time race. Our women had an outstanding 400 freestyle relay, which I am thrilled about.

"Overall, it was a good meet for us. It was especially beneficial to swim a full format like the one we will swim at conference so that we know what to expect come February. I think we learned a lot of things against some great teams and hopefully we can build on that for the second half of the season."

In the final day of the Texas Invite, both the Cowboy and Cowgirl divers competed on the platform diving board. Leading the way for the Cowboys was junior John Lynch who dove to fifth place score of 238.40. Junior Kevin Bretting placed sixth with a score of 227.50. In women's platform action, junior Saara Haapanen placed seventh (199.45), sophomore Ginni van Katwijk placed eighth (186.60) and junior Emily Keefer placed ninth (174.15).

"For the most part we did a great job all weekend," said UW diving coach Ben Herdt. "This is a big time meet and our kids really held their own. I am especially proud of how we did on platform today. We competed with some great teams despite not having a platform board to practice on every day."

The swimming and diving team will not return to action until after the Christmas holiday. Both teams will travel to San Diego, Calif. to train from Dec. 27 through Jan. 8. Both teams will dual with UNLV on Thursday, Jan. 5 in Las Vegas during the training trip.

* see complete results at www.und.com and www.texassports.com*