UW Swimming & Diving Close Out Regular Season with Losses to Air Force
Feb. 1, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's and women's swimming and diving teams suffered close losses to the Air Force Academy, Saturday afternoon in Colorado Springs. The men lost to the Falcons 119-122 while the women fell 127-116. This was the final dual meet of the season before the Mountain West Conference Championships.
On the men's side of the meet the Cowboys won seven of 13 events but were unable to win the meet. The Cowboys were forced to swim without senior captain, Damian Storz who had his appendix removed Thursday morning. With the loss the Cowboys finish the season with an overall dual record of 7-4 and a MWC record of 2-2.
The Cowboys won one of the two relays events on the day. Gene Birks, Jon George, Ted Dibble and Brock Skarsgard came away with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, with a time of 3:08.82. Jake Weidert stepped up and filled Storz's spot by winning the 1000 freestyle in a time of 9:58.07. Jerram Chudleigh had an extremely good day which included three event victories. He won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.56, the 200 butterfly in 1:49.52 and the 500 freestyle in 4:40.02. Scott Usher won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.21. Diver Adam Miller won the 1 meter diving event with a score of 234.90.
"We are very disappointed about today, but I have to give our kids a lot of credit," replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "It was a great meet and a great battle, we just ended up on the wrong end of it.
"I have to give Jake Weidert a lot of credit for going out there and battling the way he did and coming away with a win in the 1000 freestyle. Jerram swam like a champ again today. We were just thread pretty thin without Damian (Storz) but we still should have won this meet."
On the women's side of the meet the Cowgirls also won
seven of 13 events which included one of the two relay
events. The Cowgirl 400 medley relay team of Jody
Riskowski, Missy Lewis, Ashley Mallett and Lindsay Springer
swam a time of 4:00.97, which was good for the win. Allison
Schmid was a two event winner on the day. She won the 200
IM in a time of 2:13.13 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:28.30.
Jody Riskowski won yet another 50 freestyle event, this
time with a time of 25.02. Ashley Mallett won the 200
butterfly with a time of 2:10.59. Janelyn Lilly also won an
event for Cowgirls, the 200 backstroke. Her time of 2:10.79
was nearly six seconds faster then the closest Falcon. On
the diving side of the meet Shea Boyle had an exceptional
day, winning the 3 meter board with a score of 239.25. She
also placed second on the 1 meter board with a score of
207.10. With the loss, the Cowgirls close the season out
with a 3-10 overall dual record and a MWC mark of 1-6.
"On the women's side of the meet, our seniors were studs again today," said Johnson. "We looked tired out there after yesterday, we just weren't nearly as fast as we were yesterday. I have to give Shea Boyle a ton of credit, she is diving lights out right now.
"Obviously, we are disappointed about the losses but we have to keep focused for the end. I feel very good about where we stand right now."
The University of Wyoming Diving team will return to action next weekend, as they will travel back to Colorado Springs for the Falcon Cup diving meet on Feb. 8. The Swimmers will have to wait until the Mountain West Conference Championships to get back into the pool. The championships will begin on Feb. 19 and will run through the 22nd. The meet will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla. on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College.