Scott Usher to Compete in 2005 FINA World Championships

July 25, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Former University of Wyoming standout swimmer Scott Usher will compete in the 2005 FINA World Championships, beginning tomorrow, July 26 in Montreal, Canada.

Usher, a Grand Island Neb. native, will compete in both the 50-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter breaststroke at the championships.

The 50-meter breaststroke will begin on Tuesday, July 26 with preliminary competition during the morning session. The 50-meter semifinals will be held that evening and the finals will be held on Wednesday, July 27 during the evening session.

The 200-meter breaststroke will begin on Thursday, July 28 with preliminary action during the morning and the semifinals beginning that evening. The 200 finals will be held during the evening session on Friday, July 29. Each day, the morning session will begin at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain Time) and the evening session will start at 5 p.m.(Mountain Time).

"This is a great next step for Scott following last year's Olympics," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I think that his experience swimming in the Olympics and swimming internationally will really help him at these World Championships. He is now somewhat of a veteran to international swimming and by swimming in the finals of the Olympics he has gained a lot of experience. Hopefully he can put it all together, swim his race, and win a medal."

Following the World Championships, Usher will also compete in the 2005 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool which is set for August 2, 2005 at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine, Calif. The duel will be between the United States and Australia and will feature each countries top swimmers.