Cowboys In Third And Cowgirls In Fourth After First Day Of MWC Championships
Feb. 18, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team sits in third place and the women in fourth after the first day of competition at the 2004 Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The divers led both the men and women, with five divers qualifying for the finals of the 1-meter board. Freshman Saara Haapanen's third place finish of 248.85 was the highest Wyoming finish of the day. Senior Shea Boyle also qualified for the finals, and then finished sixth with a score of 229.05.
In men's 1-meter competition, three Cowboys qualified for the finals with junior Adam Miller leading the way with a sixth place score of 269.20. Freshmen John Lynch and Kevin Bretting finished in seventh and eighth place with respective scores of 256.75 and 244.65.
The swimming teams competed in both the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay, setting three new school records. The Cowboy 200 medley relay team of sophomore Ethan Maclean, junior Scott Usher, sophomore Gene Birks and junior Bryce Perica swam a fourth place time of 1:30.50, a new school record. The 800 freestyle relay team of Birks, junior Grant Kritzinger and freshmen Ron Fogel and Nick King swam to a fifth place finish of 6:47.98
The Cowgirl 200 medley relay team comprised of senior Katie Haywood and freshmen Erin Spadinger, Heidi Thorson, and Tamara Lehnertz swam a fifth place time of 1:45.50. The 800 freestyle relay team of Lehnertz and freshmen Katie Bigger, Lauren Beard and Holly Hansen swam a sixth place time of 7:36.58. Both relay times are new school records.
"I am very pleased with our efforts today," said UW head coach
Tom Johnson. "The divers dove very well today and came through for
us in a big way. They helped us stay in the thick of the meet. Saara
was great on the women's side and Adam also had a great day.
"Our relay's set new school records in three of four events. They really stepped up and raced hard."
Day two of the MWC Championships will begin tomorrow morning with preliminary action beginning at 10 a.m. and final action getting under way at 6 p.m. (Central time). The championships will run through Saturday, Feb. 21.
Men's Team Scores 1. BYU 110 2. Utah 109 3. Wyoming 99 4. Air Force 85 5. UNLV 70