Cowboy Swimming and Diving Remains in Second at Notre Dame Invite

Dec. 6, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team's continued to see success at the Notre Dame Invitational. The Cowboys remain in second place (801), behind Notre Dame (1,219) and the women dropped to fifth place (555.5) behind West Virginia (901.5), Iowa (822), Denison (778.5) and Bowling Green (682).

In the first men's event of the day, the 200 medley relay, the team of Ethan Maclean, Scott Usher, Jerram Chudleigh and Grant Kritzinger placed second with a time of 1:32.73. In the 400 IM two Cowboys cracked the top five. Galen Gough placed third (4:02.75) and Damian Storz placed fourth (4:03.58). Chudleigh swam a time of 49.96 in the 100 butterfly which was good for fourth place. He also placed sixth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.73. Usher placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.76. This time gave Usher a NCAA B qualification time. Maclean placed fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.51. In the final event of the day, Chudleigh, Storz, Ted Dibble and Kritzinger placed second in the 800 freestyle relay (6:51.28).

"The men were very good today," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I thought we continued to swim very well. Jerram (Chudleigh) swam an excellent day and Ethan (Maclean) swam very tough as well. Scott (Usher) swam very well and we are very pleased he got his NCAA B qualification. I am very pleased with the way we are swimming."

In the first event of the day the Cowgirl "A" relay team of Katie Haywood, Missy Lewis, Allison Schmid and Jody Riskowski placed 12th in the 200 medley relay (1:52.10). The top Cowgirl finisher in the 400 IM and the 100 butterfly was Ashley Mallett. She placed 17th in the IM (4:41.77) and 18th in the fly (1:00.54). Schmid came away with a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:56.48. In the 100 breaststroke Lewis placed tenth with a time of 1:08.00. Katie Haywood swam very well in the 100 backstroke and came away with a seventh place finish (1:00.39). In the final women's swimming event, Schmid, Helja Vanhala, Janelyn Lilly and Katie Haywood placed seventh in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:55.25. In the only diving event of the day, Ashlie Niederer placed fourth on the 3 meter board with a score of 406.85.

"The women had a pretty good day but seemed a little tired," replied Johnson. "Katie (Haywood) had a very good day and swam very well in the 100 backstroke and anchored the 800 freestyle relay. Allison (Schmid) had another very good day and scored well in the 200 freestyle and came back and had a good 100 breaststroke."

The Notre Dame Invite will conclude tomorrow in South Bend. The final day will begin at 10:00 am with the preliminaries and the finals will start at 6:30 pm.