June 24, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming standout Scott Usher placed third in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2005 Santa Clara International Invite, Friday night at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif.
Usher, a Grand Island, Neb native, swam to a third place time of 1:03.22 in a field of the World's top swimmers. World record holder and Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen won the race in a time of 1:01.86 while fellow Olympian Mark Gangloff swam to a second place time of 1:02.70. UW junior Dan Jones, a product of Loveland, Colo., also competed in the event and swam to a 26th place time 1:10.06.
"Scott and Dan both swam a very strong race today," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "It was a good experience for both of them. It was good for Scott to compete one last time before next month's World Championships and it was a great way for Dan to get someexperience in such a strong field. We need to continue gettingbetter every time we get in the pool. We are really looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday to see what we can do."
Jones will compete in the 200-meter backstroke tomorrow, while both he and Usher will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke on Sunday.Jones will also swim the 200-meter IM on Sunday.