Jan. 24, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming swimming and diving team returns to Laramie this weekend for duals against two Mountain West Conference opponents. UW will host Utah on Friday at 5 p.m., and will finish the weekend by hosting BYU at noon on Saturday. Diving will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
"We're looking to have two great duals this weekend," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "We are looking forward to a close dual with Utah. We haven't been able to get past their men's team in the regular season over the last few years, but we have been able to beat them at the conference championships. The women's meet will also be a very close meet and we are excited to see what happens.
"BYU's men come in ranked 23rd in the nation and their women are also a very good team" Johnson added. "They are the best in the conference for a reason, but I think we have a chance to make this a very exciting meet."
The Cowgirls enter the weekend with an overall record of 5-2 and a 3-1 mark in the MWC. The Cowboys are currently 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Last Friday, Wyoming opened the second half of the season in Las Vegas, Nev. In a double dual meet with New Mexico and UNLV, the Cowgirls swam past New Mexico by a score of 211-89, but lost to UNLV 166-134. The Cowboys fell to the Rebels 171-128.
Thus far the Cowgirls have had great success in the water this season which is highlighted by 13 performances that rank in the top-five of the UW all-time record book. Five school records have been broken this season, two each by sophomores Cassie Stelow and Megan Evans. Stelow has set the all-time mark in the 50 and 100 freestyle while Evans has done so in the 200 and 400 IM's. Junior Aimee Stinson broke her own 1000 freestyle record last weekend, one of four school records she currently holds. On the diving boards, the Cowgirls are led by the reigning MWC Women's Diver of the Week in Brittany Wainwright. Wainwright won both events in last Friday's dual meet.
This season, the Cowboys have been led by the breaststroke duo of junior Alex Larkin and senior Levi Bell. Larkin currently holds the 21st fastest time in the nation in the 200 breaststroke and the fastest time in the conference in both breaststroke events. Bell currently ranks second in the MWC in the 200 and third in the 100 breaststroke. Senior Sam King has also posted the best time in the conference in the 200 IM and the second best time in the 400 IM thus far. Freshman Mark Murdock is the current MWC Men's Diver of the Week after posting the highest one-meter diving score in the conference last weekend while taking both boards in UW's dual with UNLV.
The Utah women come to Laramie with a 5-3 overall record and are 3-1 in the MWC. Last Saturday the Utah women faced Colorado State in Salt Lake City, Utah and came away with a 169.5-130.5 victory. The Ute men haven't been in a meet since Jan. 12 when they lost to TCU by a score of 136-101. With the loss the Ute men fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the MWC.
Like the Utah women, the BYU women faced Colorado State last weekend in Provo, Utah and won by a final score of 158.5-136.5. The win increased the BYU women's record to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The last time the BYU men competed they came away with a 148-140 victory at Washington on Jan. 11. The Cougars are now 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the MWC. BYU is ranked 23rd in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com.