Oct. 9, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
2000-2001 Season: Expectations are high for the Wyoming swimming anddiving teams heading into the 2000-2001 season. Both the men's andwomen's teams are looking to build upon thier success from last seasonand challenge for a conference title.
The Cowgirls are coming off one of their best seasons in school historyand return a talented squad of letterwinners to go along with a verysolid freshman class. UW finished last season with a 7-1 overallrecord, 4-1 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cowgirls had many highlights last year highlighted by their firstever victory over rival Colorado State. Three school records were alsoset last season by returning swimmers Angie Sax and Darcrea Corey. Theseason concluded on a high note with the team placing fourth at theconference championships. Head coach Tom Johnson was honored as theconference's women's coach of the year.
The Cowboys also had a fantastic season finishing with a record of 4-1,2-1 in conference. The men also placed fourth at the conferencechampionships.
Damian Storz was honored as the Mountain West Conferences men'sfreshman of the year at the conclusion of the season after an impressiverookie campaign at UW. Storz won the 400-individual medley atconference.
UW junior Oscar Delgado returns as the defending conference champ inthe platform as well as one of the top divers in the Mountain WestConference.
Alumni vs. Varsity Meet: Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnsonresurrected the Alumni vs. Varsity meet this season. The last time thismeet was held was in 1996.
The meet matched current varsity Wyoming swimmers and divers againstformer Cowboy and Cowgirl letterwinners. To even out the teams, thealumni team was stocked with current UW freshman.
The varsity dominated the meet winning 20 of the 22 events. Seventeenmeet records were also broken during the course of the competition.
Sophomore Missy Lewis won two events, the 50-free and 50-breast to leadall varsity swimmers. Freshman Lauren Bush, who swam for the alumni,had an impressive debut for the Cowgirls, winning both the 100 and200-free.
Other individual winners for the Cowgirls were Auburn transfer MabryFiddler in the 100-IM, sophomore Angie Sax in the 50-fly and sophomoreJody Riskowski in the 50-back.
In diving sophomore Lauren Colaric swept both the one and three-meterevents. Colaric transfered to Wyoming this year from Auburn University.
Senior Buddy Boysen and sophomore Jake Weidert were the top Cowboyperformers, both winning two events. Boysen won the 100-IM and the50-fly and Weidert won the 200-free and the 50-breast.
Senior Jason Garman won the 50-free, junior Jake Rehard won the100-free and junior Jaime Snider won the 50-back. Junior Oscar Delgadoswept the diving events.
TJ's Take: These are quotes from Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson aboutthe Alumni vs. Varsity meet:
"This was a real fun meet for our athletes and was a great way to getthe season started. It was neat to see some of the alumni back in townas well. We broke some meet records today which is a testament to howhard our athletes are training.
I was very pleased with our performances and feel with more work we'llonly get stronger."
Next up for Wyoming: Wyoming will compete in the annual CowpokePentathlon Friday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 pm. The Pentathlon consists of eachathlete swimming five 100-yard events, backstroke, breaststroke,butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.
The Pentathlon will conclude the pre-season training for UW. Wyoming'sfirst regular season meet will be Oct. 20-21 at the Early BirdInvitational in Fort Collins, Colo.