Jan. 17, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's swimming and diving teams will wrap up its home schedule this weekend as they host dual meets against Washington and UNLV at Corbett Pool. The Cowboys and Cowgirls will dual with Washington on Thursday night at 5 p.m. and with UNLV on Saturday at 12 p.m. Saturday's diving will begin early with the first dive taking place at 10 a.m.
These duals will be the first for Wyoming since mid-November. The Cowgirls will put their perfect 4-0 record, their best start since the 2000-01 season, on the line while the Cowboys will be looking to improve upon their 1-1 record.
"We are really looking forward to this weekend. We are hosting two great teams in Washington and UNLV and we are in store for two great days of racing," said UW head coach Tom Johnson.
Pac-10 opponent Washington comes to Wyoming to dual with the Cowboys and Cowgirls on Thursday night. Wyoming is no stranger to the Husky swim teams as the two programs faced each other two weeks ago at the UC Irvine Invites. The Cowboys finished second, one spot ahead of Washington, in both the sprints and distance invites. Washington's women won both the sprints and distance invites while the Cowgirls finished second in the sprints and third in the distance.
Washington enters Thursday's dual with a men's record of 0-2 and a women's mark of 1-2. The men lost at USC and at BYU while the women have defeated Idaho but have lost to Washington State and USC.
"We are looking forward to testing ourselves against another Pac-10 team," said Johnson. "It is very exciting to have a high-caliber team like this visit Laramie. I think both the men's and women's meets will be very competitive."
UNLV's men enter Saturday's dual with a perfect 3-0 MWC record and as the two-time defending conference champions. To date, they have posted wins over Utah, BYU and TCU. The UNLV women are currently 2-2 in MWC duals with wins over San Diego State and TCU and losses to BYU and Utah. The UNLV women finished third at last year's MWC Championships after winning the conference in 2005. UNLV will compete at Air Force on Friday night before traveling to Laramie.
"UNLV's men are the two-time MWC Champions and are a very good team. It is a great opportunity to compete against a team like them in our pool. Two year's ago when they won their first title, we were able to beat them in Laramie. Our women always give them a tough meet so we are very excited for both opportunities," said Johnson.
Saturday's dual with UNLV will mark the final home dual for 15 Wyoming seniors who will be honored prior to the meet. Those seniors include Lauren Beard, Katie Bigger, Megan Boggs, Saara Haapanen, Holly Hansen, Emily Keefer, Tamara Lehnertz, Erin Spadinger, Lindsay Taylor, Heidi Thorson, Kevin Bretting, Ron Fogel, Dan Jones, Nick King and John Lynch.
"Saturday is going to be a bittersweet day," added Johnson. "It is senior day so it will be the last time a great senior class will compete in Laramie. The women's class is one of the best groups I have ever been around. There are 10 girls who have meant so much to this program. The group of guys is also a very special group who will be missed greatly. It is going to be a very special day for these seniors and their families."