Cowboys In First Place And Cowgirls In Third After Second Day Of UNLV Invite

Dec. 20, 2004

Laramie, Wyo. (December 20, 2004) - The University of Wyomingmen's swimming and diving team was in first place and the women werein third, following the Sunday's competition at the 2004 UNLVWinter Invite in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Cowboys lead the men's field with 519.5 team points. They arefollowed by Pacific (464), UNLV (452.5), UC Santa Barbara (443.5),Tennessee (407) and Cal State Northridge (133.5).

Yesterday, all three Cowboy divers finished in the top-five of the3-meter board with sophomore John Lynch leading the way. He dove to apersonal best score of 504.2 which is the fifth best score in UWhistory and placed him third in the invite. Senior Adam Millerfinished fourth and sophomore Kevin Bretting finished fifth.

In the pool, the Cowboys won both relay events and saw five swimmersfinish in the top-five of their events. The 200 medley relay teamstarted the meet with a first place finish and new school record whenfreshman Carl Marais, senior Scott Usher, junior Gene Birks and senior Grant Kritzinger swam to a time of 1:30.27, which is good for an NCAA"B" cut. The Cowboys also won the 800 freestyle relay as Birks,Marais, freshman Henry Holmberg and Kritzinger swam a time of 6:41.88.Individually, Marais set a new school record in the 200 freestyle ashe won the event with a time of 1:37.71. He swam it faster in thepreliminaries as he finished in a record time of 1:37.24. He alsoplaced second in the 100 backstroke touching in at a time of 50.55.Usher won the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA "B" qualifying time of54.11. Birks tied for first with UC Santa Barbara's Pat Cary in the100 butterfly with a time of 48.76. Freshman Sam King also placed inthe top-five of the 400 IM as he finished in fifth place with a timeof 4:06.27.

The Cowgirls trail only Pacific and UNLV on the women's side of themeet. Pacific has totaled 645.5 team points, well ahead of UNLV (522)and Wyoming (412). UC Santa Barbara (370.5), San Jose State (304),San Diego State (193), Cal State Northridge (172) and Tennessee (59)round out the field.

Four Cowgirls finished in the top-five of their events as freshmanBrittany Wainwright led the way with a second place finish on the1-meter diving board. Sophomore Tamara Lehnertz swam to a third placetime of 1:54.27 in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore's Lauren Beard andErin Spadinger each came away with a fifth place finish as Beardplaced fifth in the 400 IM (4:36.89) and Spadinger placed fifth in the100 breaststroke (1:07.14).

"Today was another awesome day for both teams," said UW headcoach Tom Johnson. "Once again, I am very pleased with our diversperformances, they have been carrying us very well. John (Lynch) doveespecially well in picking up his Zone qualification. We had somegreat performances in the pool especially with a new school record and"B" cut in the 200 medley relay and with Carl's (Marais) newschool record in the 200 freestyle. Hopefully the men can hang on andwin this invite and the women can stay as solid as they have been."The UNLV Invite will conclude late tonight at the Buchanan Natatoriumin Las Vegas, Nev.

*see complete results at unlvrebels.com*