Wyoming Swimming and Diving Returns Home to Face Two MWC Rivals

Jan. 21, 2010

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    LARAMIE, Wyo. -

    The Wyoming swimming and diving team will host two meets this weekend at Corbett Pool against two Mountain West Conference rivals. On Friday, the Utah Utes will be in town for a 5 p.m. start, then on Saturday, UW will return to the water and face BYU at noon.

    The Cowgirls enter the weekend with a perfect dual meet record of 10-0 overall and 3-0 in the league. Like the Cowgirls, the BYU women are currently undefeated on the season at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the MWC. The Cowgirls and Cougars are the only two unbeaten women's teams in the conference. The undefeated match-up on Saturday will happen if the Cowgirls can defeat Utah on Friday, and if BYU can beat Air Force on Thursday.

    The Cowboys are currently 4-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

    "We have really been looking forward to this weekend and being in our home pool in front of our fans, our families and our friends," said UW head coach Tom Johnson.

    "We have always had spirited meets with Utah and BYU and this weekend will be no different. We are looking forward to a terrific weekend of college swimming and diving."

    Last week, Wyoming had two dual meets on the road. On Tuesday the Cowgirls defeated DU 178-122, while the Pokes fell by a final of 154-146. Then on Friday, Wyoming opened the second half of the conference season against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Again the Cowgirls came away victorious 196-102, and the Cowboys pushed the No. 23 ranked Rebels to the limit but lost on the final race.

    The undefeated Cowgirls have dominated in every conference meet they have had this season. In the three MWC victories, the UW women have won a total of 32 of 45 events, including winning 14 of 15 races against UNLV last week. Senior Cassie Stelow has led the way for the Cowgirls in the sprint freestyles. Thus far, Stelow owns the top-two fastest times in the conference in the 50 freestyle. On the diving boards, fellow senior Stephanie Ortiz has achieved NCAA Zone Regional Qualifying scores on one and three-meter springboards. Ortiz ranks in the top-three in the conference on three-meter as well.

    In the pool, the Cowboys have had a number of great performances thus far in the season. This week, sophomore Brandon Fischer was named MWC men's co-swimmer of the week after winning three events against UNLV. The UW distance swimmers have four different Cowboys in the top-ten in the conference in the 1000 freestyle in Brett Henehan, Sam Holmes, Kyle Wemhoff, and Robbie Hilton. The Cowboy divers have been led by a Mark Murdock. Murdock has both earned a spot at NCAA Zones, and also ranks in the top-five in the MWC on both boards.

    The Utah women's team will come to Laramie with an overall record of 6-4 and 3-2 in the MWC. The Ute men are winless in conference action this season and post an overall mark of 2-3.

    On the men's side, BYU is 0-2 in league duals and 2-2 overall. Like the BYU women, the Cougars will swim Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Thursday before coming to Wyoming.

    Saturday will also be the final home meet for five Cowboy seniors. Although it wont be their last home meet, seven Cowgirl seniors will be honored before the first race as well.

    Cowboy seniors include Jamie Comrie, Tommy Gregory, Robbie Hilton, Sam Holmes, and Matt Jones.

    For the Cowgirls - Kari Budd, Kaella Hartigan, Emily Huth, Molly Janak, Shauna Nelson, Stephanie Ortiz, and Cassie Stelow will also be recognized.