Scott Usher Finishes 12th at 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships

Oct. 9, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming senior and United States Olympian Scott Usher finished 12th in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships, Saturday morning in Indianapolis, Ind.

Usher, a Grand Island, Neb. native, missed tonight's finals by just over a second, finishing in a time of 2:11.33. Olympic silver medalist, Brendan Hansen swam the fastest preliminary time of 2:07.52. Australia's Brentan Rickard (2:09.53), Sweden's Martin Gustavsson (2:09.53), Canadian Michael Brown (2:09.69) and Australian Jim Piper(2:09.94) rounded out the top-five preliminary times.

"Considering that Scott is fresh off of the Olympics, a couple of weeks off, and where we are in training, I thought he swam really well," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This was another good experience for him and hopefully he can build off of this and get ready for the upcoming season as well as next year's World Championships."

The final's of the 200-meter breaststroke will begin tonight at 7 p.m. (CST) and will be televised on a tape delay on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. (MST).

*see complete results at www.worldswim2004.com*