Cowboy and Cowgirl Swimming Programs Each Sign One Student-Athlete

April 30, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming head swimmingand diving coach Tom Johnson announced today the signing of twostudent-athletes to national letters of intent to attend the Universityof Wyoming in the fall of 2001. Here are the signees:

Kristin Lewis, Birmingham, Ala. : Lewis will be reunited with UW headcoach Tom Johnson when she enrolls at Wyoming in the fall. Johnsoncoached Lewis when he was the head coach and program director of theBirmingham Swim League in Birmingham, Ala., from 1994-1997. Lewis, whocurrently attends Oak Mountain High School, will specialize in thedistance freestyle events for the Cowgirls. She is also strong in the200 butterfly and 400 individual medley events. In 2000 she madeSoutheastern Swimming's Hall of Fame. Academically Lewis is involvedwith the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (a math honor society)and the National Beta Club."Kristin has steadily improved over the past two years," said Johnson."We feel like she has much room for improvement and we will look for herto strengthen our distance events. I have known her and her family fora long time. She comes from a great family and we are very happy tohave her join us here at Wyoming." Other schools who recruited Lewis were Ohio State, the University ofRichmond, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Tampa.

Scott Usher, Grand Island, Neb. : Usher is a two-time Nebraska statechampion in the 100 breaststroke as well as a finalist in the 200individual medley. He earned high school All-American Honors in the 100breaststroke and was the Midwestern Zone Runner-up in the 100 and 200breaststroke events. Usher attends and swims for Grand Island HighSchool. He also swims for the Quicksilver Swim Club in Grand Island."We are going to look forward to Scott strengthening our breaststrokeevents," said Johnson. "He comes in with times that would be inWyoming's top five all-time and would have him be a finalist at theMountain West Conference Championships this past season. We areextremely happy to have Scott join the Cowboy program this fall." Other schools who recruited Usher were Texas A&M and the University ofNebraska.