March 31, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Usher, a Grand Island Neb. native, is coming off of his third consecutive NCAA Championships last weekend. He earned the fourth First-Team All-American and fifth overall honor of his career as he placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke. He swam to a Wyoming record time of 1:55.33 in the event. A member of the 2004 US Olympic team, Usher is no stranger to international swimming. In the Athens Games, he swam to a seventh place time of 2:11.95 in the 200-meter breaststroke. Usher will swim the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday,April 1 and the 200 on Tuesday, April 5.
Russenberger, a native of Marana, Ariz., was a two-time First-Team All-Mountain West Conference selection this year. She placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.28) and third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.28), setting new Wyoming records in each event in the process. Russenberger will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke on Sunday, April 3. She will also do a time trial in the 200-meter breaststroke on Tuesday, April 5.
The World Championship Trials will be held at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. Each day's preliminary events are set to begin at 9 a.m and the finals are set to begin at 6 p.m.(local time)
In order to qualify for the 2005 World Championship's, a swimmer must finish in the top-two of his or her event. The World Championships will be held July 24-31 in Montreal, Canada.