Cowgirl Swimming and Diving Improves to 2-0 in MWC with Win over San Diego State

Dec. 8, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Cowgirl swimming and diving team won 12 of 13 events as they improved to 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference with a 161-81 win over San Diego State, Saturday afternoon at Corbett Pool. With the win, the Cowgirls improve to 4-1 overall.

"I am pleased with the way our team swam and dove today," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "It was a little tough to have a meet so soon after our big meets last weekend in Texas and Seattle but our kids stepped up and did a great job. It was especially nice to put a different lineup in the water and allow the kids to contribute in new ways. I am very pleased with where we are as a team and I am looking forward to the second half of the season."

The Cowgirl divers got the meet started on the right note as they took the top-two spots in the three-meter event. Sophomore Stephanie Ortiz won the event with a score of 253.43 and senior Brittany Wainwright placed second with a score of 248.85.

Following the first diving event, the Cowgirls rattled off first place finishes in five consecutive swimming events. Sophomores Molly Janak, Maggie Bach, Cassie Stelow and freshman Lesley Young won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.18. Freshman Carol Jones then swam to a first place time of 10:58.57 in the 1000 freestyle. In the 200 freestyle, junior Aimee Stinson turned in a first place time of 1:53.85, just missing a Corbett Pool record by 0.29 seconds. Next, Stelow won the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.09 and freshman Stephanie Vint won the 200 IM (2:11.15).

During the first break of the meet, the UW divers wrapped up a great meet by taking the top-two spots in the one-meter event. Wainwright placed first (257.17) and sophomore Emily Huth placed second (254.40).

San Diego State won their only event of the day out of the break, the 100 butterfly. The Cowgirls then won the final five events of the day to seal the win. Stinson won the 100 freestyle (53.14), Janak won the 100 backstroke (59.94), junior Krista Jones won the 500 freestyle (5:16.18) and Young won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.81). Young's performance in the 100 breaststroke was the highlight of the day as it broke a Corbett Pool record.

The final event of the day, the 200 freestyle relay, also went the Cowgirls' way with Stelow, senior Angela DeWolf, freshman Erin Wagner and sophomore Maggie Bach swimming a time of 1:38.64.

The UW swimming and diving team now begins its winter break and will not return to action until December 28, when the divers compete against Trinity University. The swimmers will return to action on January 18 when they travel to UNLV.