Cowboy Swimmer Heads to Nationals

August 6, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming swimmer Buddy Boysen and graduate assistant coach Ken Temple have qualified for the National Swimming Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. to be held on Aug. 6-11.

Boysen, a junior from Laramie, Wyo., will compete in both the 100-meter and 200-meter Butterfly. He qualified for the national competition at this season's conference championships. Boysen is the current school record holder in the 100-meter butterfly, which he broke this past season with a time of :48.81.

"Buddy has trained very hard all summer, in addition to attending school," said head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "This will be the first senior nationals in which Buddy will be competing. We're focusing on him swimming a fast time in his qualifying heat to earn a spot in the finals, in an effort to take a step closer to qualifying for next years Olympic Trials. This also establishes a solid foundation for next seasons NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships."

Temple, a current graduate assistant and former UW swimming standout, will represent his Palo Alto Swim Club, where he has been training over the summer. He will swim in the 200-meter Butterfly in this week's competition. Temple is the Wyoming record holder in the same event with a time of 1:47.80, a mark he set in 1998 with the Cowboys.

"Ken has also been competing well all summer. He swam particularly well at the Santa Clara Invite last month," added Johnson. "He has a very strong second 100-meters, and is also looking to qualify for the Olympic Trials."

The competition will be held at the University of Minnesota, who have hosted two previous United States National Championships as well as three out of the last four NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

"With the Olympic Trials looming next summer, the meet should be very competitive," continued Johnson. "Many swimmers want to qualify now so they can focus all of their training for the trials next summer. The pool at the University of Minnesota is one of the fastest pools in the country, and I always look forward to having athletes compete at this wonderful facility."