Utah Swims Past Wyoming In MWC Dual Action
Jan. 22, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. -- Both the University of Wyoming women's and men's swimming and diving teams lost to Utah, in Mountain West Conference dual action, Thursday night at Corbett Pool. The Utah women knocked off the Cowgirls 135-102 while the Utah men beat the Cowboys 150-93.
The Cowgirls (2-6, 1-3 MWC), swam to event victories in five of 13 events, including the 400 freestyle relay. In that event, Katie Haywood, Katie Bigger, Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz swam a first place time of 3:34.91. Lehnertz also led the Cowgirls in the 100 freestyle. She won the event with a time of 53.69. Alex Leziy Miller came away with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:24.74.
Two Cowgirl divers qualified for the 2004 NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships en route to winning both boards of diving. Saara Haapanen turned in qualifying marks on both the 1 and 3-meter boards. Tonight was her first qualification in the 1-meter and her second in the 3-meter. She won the 1-meter, with a lifetime best score of 269.73 and placed second on the 3-meter board with a score of 272.63. Shea Boyle qualified on the 3-meter board by winning the event with a score of 281.55, a lifetime best.
"We are pleased that we are closing the gap on one of the top women's
teams in the MWC," said UW swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson. "I
want to give a lot of credit to Shea and Saara for qualifying for the
NCAA's. I also thought that Tamara battled like a star tonight, she has
done some great things for us this year. "
The Cowboys (4-4, 0-2 MWC), won three of 13 events on the night. The first two Cowboy wins came from Gene Birks in the 200 and 100 freestyle events. His time of 1:42.47 won the 200 and a 46.61 was good for the win in the 100. Scott Usher came away with the final Cowboy event victory with his win in the 200 breaststroke. His time of 2:03.10 was more than six seconds faster than the second place finisher.
"I am pleased with the way our guys battled," added Johnson. "We have to continue to get better and keep our focus on the conference championships. I know it is hard for the kids to lose these meets but we have to focus on whats important. We are always there come conference time and we will be this year too."
The swimming and diving team will return to the pool this Saturday as they host the BYU Cougars. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon at Corbett Pool.