Aug. 11, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior All-American Scott Usher finished second (behind current American record-holder Ed Moses) in the 100-meter breaststroke at the USA National Swimming Championships with a time of 1:01:93. Usher swam the best time of the day in Friday's preliminaries and entered the evening's finals as the number one seed.
He swam a career best time of 1:01:82 in Friday morning's prelims to give him the No. 1 seed heading into Friday night's finals. Usher's preliminary time beat Moses, who swam in a different prelim from Usher. Moses is also a former United States Olympian. Usher's 1:01:82 is the third best time posted by an American this year, and is the 18th fastest time in the world this season for the 100-meter breaststroke.
Usher's improvement has been dramatic this past season. A year ago at this time, Usher was ranked 150th in the nation. He entered last week's USA National Swimming Championships ranked 18th in the country in the 100 breast and ended up finishing second.
"I am extremely happy with Scott's performance this week," said Tom Johnson, UW head swimming coach. "His improvement this year has been phenomenal. I am so proud of the way he maintained his focus after the preliminaries and handled the pressure in tonight's final."
Usher's career best prior to Friday was a 1:04:26.