Scott Usher Places Second in 100 Breaststroke at 2003 US Open

Dec. 5, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming junior Scott Usher placed second in the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2003 US Open, Thursday night in Seattle, Wash.

Usher, a Grand Island, Neb. native, swam to a second place time of 1:01.85. He finished just behind Thijs van Valkengoed of the Netherlands who swam a time of 1:01.52. Usher's time was the fastest time swam by an American, and the second best in a field of 50 swimmers. His time is also an NCAA qualifying time.

"I can't tell you how excited I am for Scott," said UW head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "This is by far the fastest in season swim he has ever had. It just seems like he keeps getting faster and faster every time we put him in the pool."

Usher will return to action Saturday as he competes in the 200 meter breaststroke.