Meet UW's Olympian & World Team Member, Scott Usher


August 20, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Recap - Scott earns a spot on the 2005 U.S. World Championship Team!

Recap - Scott races in the finals of the 200 meter breaststroke in Athens!

Recap - Scott moves through the prelims and semi-finals at the Olympic Games!

Recap - Scott qualifies for the Olympic Team in the 200 meter breaststroke!

Recap - Scott misses Olympic spot in the 100 meter breaststroke by only 0.29 seconds!

Scott Usher Career Notes

2005 Postseason


* Will compete in the 2005 World Championships July 17-31 in Montreal, Canada.
* Placed third in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:03.22) and fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:19.11) at the 2005 Santa Clara International Invite, June 24-26 in Santa Clara, Calif.
* Earned a spot on the 2005 U.S. World Championship team by placing second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the World Championship Trials, April 1-5 in Indianapolis, Ind. He swam to a second place time of 2:13.46. He also placed sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke at the trials with a time of 1:02.33.

Scott Usher during the 2004 Olympics in Athens (AP photo).


2004-05 Season
* Earned the fourth first-team All-American and fifth overall honor of his career by placing fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:55.33) at the 2005 NCAA Championships. He was disqualified from the finals of the 100-yard breaststroke for an alleged illegal kick.
* Won the fourth 200-yard breaststroke title of his career at the 2005 MWC Championships, swimming to a time of 1:57.51. He placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.33. He was awarded the MWC's Senior Recognition Award following the championships.
* Set the Corbett Pool record in the 200 breaststroke swimming to a time of 2:01.79 in Wyoming's dual against UNLV.
* Competed in the 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships, Oct. 7-11 in Indianapolis, Ind. There, he finished 12th in the 200-meter breaststroke finishing in a time of 2:11.33.

2004 Summer


* Placed seventh in the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.Swam a finals time of 2:11.95, the fifth fastest semi-final time of 2:12.00 and the ninth best preliminary timeof 2:13.59
* Earned a trip to the 2004 Olympic Games after placing second in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:10.90) at the US Olympic Team Trials July 11, 2004. He became the first ever Wyoming Swimmer to earn a spot on the Olympic Team.
* Placed third in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:01.16) at the US Olympic Team Trials on July 8, 2004.

United States Olympian Scott Usher (Robert Seale photo)



* Placed fifth in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:03.87) and 10th in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:18.03) at the 2004 Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. June 11-12.
* Placed second in the 100 meter breaststroke (1:03.44) and fifth in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:18.63) at the 2004 Swimming Grand Prix on the Texas A&M Campus May 22-23.

2003-04


* A two-time All-American after placing third in the 100 meter-breaststroke (59.01) and second in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:07.66) at the 2004 NCAA Championships.
* Won both the 100 breaststroke (53.79) and 200 breaststrokes (1:56.59) at the 2004 Mountain West Conference Championships. The 100 time is a new school and MWC record. The 200 time is a new MWC Championships record but he swam it faster at last years NCAA Championships.
* Selected as the 2004 MWC Men's Swimmer of the Year.
* Set a new Corbett Pool record this year in the 100 breaststroke (55.45).

Scott Usher addresses the media in Laramie, 7/16/04.



* Placed second in the 100 (1:01.85) and 200 meter breaststroke (1:01.85) events at the 2003 US Open in Seattle, Wash.

2002-03


* Placed sixth in the 200 breaststroke at the 2003 NCAA Championships with a time of 1:57.05. That day he swam a preliminary time of 1:56.60 which is a MWC and Wyoming record. He was selected as an All-American for his finish. He also placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 54.75.
* Won both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the 2003 MWC Championships.
* Placed second in the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2003 USA National Swimming Championships with a time of 1:01.93. He also finished third in the 200 meter breaststroke at that meet (2:14.17).

2001-02


* As a freshman, Usher won the 200 breaststroke and placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke at the 2002 MWC Championships.

Scott Usher at the 2005 MWC Championships (MWC photo).


Notes:


* A five-time All-American in his career, including four first-team All-America honors.
* The first ever Wyoming Swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games.
* He hold the MWC record in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes.
* He holds the MWC Championships record in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes.
* He holds the Wyoming record in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with times of 53.75 and 1:55.33.
* He holds the Corbett Pool Record in both breaststroke events with times of 55.45 and 2:01.79.
* Over his career at Wyoming, Usher won 35 dual meet breaststroke events and placed second in just one race (the 200 at Arizona State his sophomore year).
* Named the MWC Swimmer of the Week three times in his career.

Personal:


* Born April 27, 1983 in Fullerton, Neb.
* Son of Tom and Pam Usher
* Graduated from Grand Island HS in 2001
* Majoring in Criminal Justice