Wyoming's Bell, Miller and Ortiz Garner MWC Weekly Accolades

Oct. 28, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming sophomore Eli Bell and junior Tyler Miller were named today as the Mountain West Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, while Cowgirl junior Stephanie Ortiz garnered MWC Women's Diver of the Week accolades.

Bell, from Greeley, Colo., helped lead the Cowboys to dual wins over North Dakota, South Dakota and South Dakota State over the weekend in Gillette, Wyo. On Friday, the sophomore won the 100 and 200-yard freestyles with times of 46.83 and 1:42.50, respectively. Bell also swam the lead-off leg in Wyoming's 400 free relay, as the Cowboys touched in 3:09.78 to win. He followed his performance on Saturday by notching MWC season bests en route to win the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.69), 200 free relay (1:26.07) and 200 medley relay (1:36.03).

Miller, who also hails from Greeley, Colo., was the Cowboys' top diver in the season-opening weekend in Gillette, Wyo. On Friday, the junior captured the 3-meter springboard with a score of 306.30, before setting an MWC season-high markon the 1-meter Saturday (297.35).

Ortiz, a Colorado Springs, Colo. product, qualified for the NCAA Zone "E" Championships in her first regular season meet by scoring 289.80 on the 3-meter springboard to win the event in Gillette, Wyo. The junior also finished second onthe 1-meter board with a score of 250.45.