Usher to Swim the 200 Breaststroke at the FINA World Championships

July 27, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

*see complete results at usaswimming.org *

Former University of Wyoming standout Scott Usher will compete in the 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday, after warming up by swimming the 50-meter breaststroke on Tuesday at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada.

Usher, who finished 35th in the 50-meter breaststroke, used the race as somewhat of a warm-up because he had never competed in the 50-meter race prior to these World Championships. Usher swam the race to fill in for teammate and World Record holder Brendan Hansen who is competing in both his record holding events, the 100 and 200-meter breaststrokes. Despite never competing in the event before, Usher posted a time of 28.96 and placed 35th out of 108 of the best swimmers in the world.

The 200-meter breaststroke will begin on Thursday, July 28 with preliminary action during the morning session and the semifinals beginning that evening. The 200-meter 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).

The Media Relations Office will release a story following the completion of Usher's competition at the World Championships.