Wyoming Swimming and Diving Has Exceptional First Day of Notre Dame Invitational

Dec. 5, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving teams had an exceptional first day of the Notre Dame Invitational. The Cowboys are in third place (12 teams) and the Cowgirls are in fourth place (15 teams) after the first day of competition in South Bend.

The men had an exceptional day placing third out of 12 teams and scoring 340 points. The event of the day for the Cowboys came in the 400 medley relay. Ethan Maclean, Scott Usher, Jerram Chudleigh and Grant Kritzinger won the event with a time of 3:22.12. The 200 freestyle relay team of Jerram Chudleigh, Jon George, Bryce Perica and Grant Kritzinger placed seventh in the event with a time of 1:25.66. Chudleigh had an exceptional 500 freestyle where he placed third (4:30.82). This time was good for the fifth fastest 500 freestyle in school history. Galen Gough swam a 1:54.71 in the 200 IM which was good for a fifth place finish. Chudleigh was the top Cowboy finisher in the 50 freestyle where he swam a 21.54, which was good for 14th place. Adam Miller placed fourth in the 3 meter diving event with a score of 376.65.

"The men swam out of their minds," replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We had a great day, one of the best in season days we have ever had. Jerram (Chudleigh) swam very well in the 500 free, Galen (Gough) was tough in the 200 IM and our 400 medley relay team swam very well."

The Cowgirls had a very good first day as well. They sit in fourth place out of 15 teams by scoring 272.50 points. The 200 freestyle relay team of Jody Riskowski, Katie Haywood, Lindsey Springer and Helja Vanhala placed ninth with a time of 1:39.29. Allison Schmid placed sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:08.80 and placed ninth in the 200 IM (2:10.49). Jody Riskowski swam a 24.40 in the 50 freestyle which was good for fifth place. The 400 medley relay team of Janelyn Lilly, Missy Lewis, Anne Haywood and Lindsey Springer placed tenth in the event with a time of 4:03.07. Ashlie Niederer scored 220.20 points on the 1 meter board which was good for fifth place.

"The women had a very good day and are hanging in there in a very competitive meet," replied Johnson. "I am very pleased with Ashlie's (Niederer) fifth place finish on the 1 meter diving board. Jody (Riskowski) and Allison (Schmid) had excellent days in the pool."

The Notre Dame Invite continues tomorrow and runs through Saturday, December 7. The meet begins at 10:00 am each morning with finals starting at 6:30 pm.