Wyoming's Lynch and Haapanen Sweep MWC Diver of the Week Honors

Oct. 30, 2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming freshman John Lynch has been named Mountain West Conference Men's Diver of the Week.

Colorado State senior Corinne Hofstetter and Wyoming freshman Saara Haapanen have been named Mountain West Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the week, respectively. This is the first career weekly honor for both recipients.

Lynch, a San Antonio, Texas, native, won the 3-meter and finished second in the 1-meter diving events at the Early Bird Invitational in Fort Collins last weekend. He began the meet turning in a score of 454.65 in the 3-meter, 54 points ahead of the second-place finisher. He followed that with a score of 243.52 in the 1-meter, 10 points behind his first-place teammate.

Hofstetter brought home three individual victories and two relay wins, along with a second-place individual finish at the Colorado State Early Bird Invitational last weekend in Fort Collins. She started the meet with an individual win in the 500 freestyle (5:07.16), finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:56.82), .14 seconds behind teammate Kristen Schneider, and helped the 400 medley relay squad to a second-place finish (4:02.95). On the final day of the invitational, Hofstetter set a meet record in the 200 butterfly (2:07.70), won the 1650 freestyle (17:39.97) and helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a win (7:51.09).

Haapanen, a Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, product, won the 1-meter diving event and finished second in the 3-meter diving event at the Early Bird Invitational. She topped the field in the 1-meter with a score of 248.20, 30 points above her nearest competitor, and followed that with a score of 397.20 in the 3-meter.