June 26, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming standout Scott Usher competed in his final tune-up before next month's World Championships and placed fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke at the2005 Santa Clara International Invite, Sunday night in Santa Clara, Calif.
Usher, a Grand Island, Neb native, swam to a fifth place time of 2:19.11. The world record holder in the event, Brendan Hansen, won the race in a time of 2:15.41. Fellow Olympian Mark Gangloff placed second (2:17.53), Purdue's Giordan Pogioli placed third (2:17.55) and Japan's Takao Matsueda placed fourth (2:18.96). UW junior Dan Jones, a Loveland, Colo. native, qualified for the B-Finals and placed 18th in the event with a time of 2:31.46.
Jones also competed in the 200-meter IM on Sunday and swam to a 31st place finish with a time of 2:15.38. On Saturday, he placed 41st in the 200-meter backstroke, touching the wall in a time of 2:18.08.
"Scott swam a very good opening 150-meters today but with where we are in our training it seemed like he didn't have the gear he needed down the stretch," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "However, this was a great meet for us to see where we are what we need to work on heading into next month's World Championships.
"I thought that Dan had an excellent meet and I am very excited about how he is improving and his potential for the future."
Usher will return to action in three weeks for the 2005 World Championships. The championships will be held in Montreal, Canada from July 17-31.