School Record Falls As Wyoming Swimming And Diving Competes At Texas Invite

Dec. 3, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas - The Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl Swimming and Diving team competed in the second day of the University of Texas Invite in Austin, Texas on Friday.

After the second day of action at the invite the Cowboys and the Cowgirls both sit in eighth place with 39 and 37 points respectively.

In first place on the women's side are the No. 3 ranked Texas Longhorns with 301 points, followed by the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats with 234 points, the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers with 130 points, the UCLA Bruins with 125 points, University of California-Davis with 51 points, the University of North Texas with 46 points and the University of Miami-Florida with 44 points.

Ahead of the Cowboys on the men's side are the No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns with 549 points, the No. 5 Arizona Wildcats with 445 points, the Wisconsin Badgers with 201 points, Sydney University with 193 points, the No. 21 Purdue Boilermakers with 119 points, the Longhorn Aquatic Club with 77 points and the University of California-Berkley Bears with 41 points.

"I thought we had a pretty good morning today in the prelims, but we swam better in the finals tonight," Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnson said. "Kelsey had an amazing day she just went crazy breaking her own school record in the 100 back."

Johnson said the best day by far belong to Conci who broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke. She broke her school record of 57.68, set at last years Mountain West Conference Championships during this mornings preliminary rounds by four-one-hundredths of a second with a time of 54.27. Here time placed her in ninth and put her in tonight's finals where she swam the same time this time placing her in 10th.

Caroline Wells and Lesley Young also swam very well for the Cowgirls today. Wells swam two personal best times in the 100 back and the 200 freestyle. Wells swam her way into 20th place in the 100 back with a time of 57.28 which put her in the finals. She then swam a 56.79 in the finals which was good enough for 18th-place. Wells also swam a personal best time in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.44 placing her 34th in the preliminary rounds.

Young swam very fast times for the Cowgirls in the 100 breaststroke during today's competition. During the preliminary rounds she swam a 1:03.13 placing her in 14th-place. She then swam an even better time of 1:02.83 that placed her in 12th during the final rounds.

Shelby Bull also competed for UW today in the 200 freestyle where she swam a 1:52.57 placing her in 28th in this morning's prelims.

In today's women's diving competition on the 1-meter springboard Allie Smith had the best day placing in 15th with a mark of 222.65. Virginia Marcon placed 23rd with a mark of 199.50, while Sasha Andrie placed 29th with mark of 180.15.

"I thought the guys were a little disappointing, but we swam better tonight than we did this morning," Johnson added. "Kyle (Bogner) had another excellent day in one of the toughest fields outside of the NCAA's"

Bogner placed 10th on the 3-meter springboard with a mark of 284.25, in a very difficult field.

Brandon Fischer placed 23rd in the preliminary rounds of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.49. In the finals of the 100 breast he swam a 59.06 placing him in 24th. Fischer swam an excellent time of 4:05.56 in the 400 individual medley prelims placing him in 10th place. His place earned him in the `A' final where he did not swim as well placing eighth with a time of 4:07.05.

Also swimming today for the Cowboys was Tyler Kybartas in the 200 freestyle. He swam a 1:42.35 in the mornings preliminary rounds of the 200 free placing him in 29th. He then swam a better time of 1:41.92 during this evenings finals placing him in 27th.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will continue action at the Texas Invite during tomorrows preliminary rounds and then return home. Also in action tomorrow with be the Cowgirls that remained in Laramie against the University of Northern Colorado Bears beginning at 1 p.m. at Corbett Pool.