Wyoming Swimming and Diving Opens UNLV Winter Invite

Dec. 18, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyomingswimming and diving team opened competition today at the 2004 UNLVWinter Invite as two relay teams and eight individuals finished in thetop-five of their events.

The Cowboys swam to first place finishes in three events on the day.In the 400 medley relay, freshman Carl Marais, senior Scott Usher,junior Gene Birks and senior Grant Kritzinger swam to a new schoolrecord and first place time of 3:17.81. In 1-meter divingcompetition, sophomore John Lynch dove to a first place score of279.60 and senior Adam Miller dove to a second place score of 258.25.Freshman Henry Holmberg won the 500 freestyle swimming to a time of4:30.53. Usher swam to a fourth place time of 1:53.63 in the 200 IM.

The Cowgirls finished in the top-five of four events on the day.Leading the way was freshman Brittany Wainwright who dove to a secondplace score of 404.90 on the 3-meter board. Sophomore Saara Haapanenfinished third in the event with a score of 387.40. The 200 freestylerelay team of sophomore Heidi Thorson, freshman Haley Bonin, juniorKenzie Kotby and sophomore Tamara Lehnertz swam to a fourth place timeof 1:36.69. Sophomore Lauren Beard finished third in the 200 IMfinishing in a time of 2:07.44. Lehnertz finished fourth in the 500freestyle with a time of 5:05.32.

"The kids are doing very well and hopefully we can keep progressingover the next two days," said UW head coach Tom Johnson.

"I am very proud of our divers, they were awesome today. Themen's 400 medley relay was awesome in setting a new school record atthis point in the season. I was also very proud of the women's 200freestyle relay, Tamara (Lehnertz) and Henry (Holmberg) in the 500freestyle and Scott (Usher) in the 200 IM."

The UNLV Invite will continue tomorrow morning and run through Mondayevening in Las Vegas, Nev.