Cowboys Move into Third Place After Day Two of the MWC Championships
Feb. 20, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team moved into third place while the women fell to seventh place after the second day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.
BYU continued to run away with the meet on the men's side by upping their score to 342. The Cougars are followed by UNLV (195), Wyoming (177), Air Force (168) and Utah (162). UNLV took the lead from BYU on the women's side of the meet by scoring 251 points. The Rebels are followed by Colorado State (241), BYU (215.50), Utah (188), New Mexico (181), Air Force (145.50), Wyoming (139) and San Diego State (78).
The Cowboys had a very successful day which was highlighted by Jerram Chudleigh winning the 500 freestyle. His time of 4:23.68 was good enough for an NCAA "B" cut and a new school record. His time was nearly five seconds faster than any other time in the meet and it is two seconds faster than the old school record.
Also placing in the top eight of the 500 freestyle were Jake Weidert and Damian Storz. Weidert placed fifth with a time of 4:34.04 and Storz placed sixth in a time of 4:34.54. Ted Dibble also scored points for the Pokes by placing tenth with a time of 4:36.23.
The Cowboys placed four swimmers in the top 16 of the 200
IM. Galen Gough placed tenth with a time of 1:52.56, Grant
Kritzinger placed 11th (1:53.02) and Scott Usher placed 13th
The Cowboys struggled in the 50 freestyle but were still able to land one swimmer in the top 16. Morgan Wardell swam a time of 20.92 which was good for 13th place.
The lone relay of the day was the 400 medley. The Cowboy team of Ethan Maclean, Scott Usher, Jerram Chudleigh and Grant Kritzinger swam a third place time of 3:17.88. This time was good for a new school record as well as a NCAA "B" cut.
"I am very proud of the way our men swam today," replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This meet is going to quite a dog fight, it is a very close meet between second and fifth place. Everybody on the team needs to work hard and do well the next two days.
"I am especially proud of the way our guys swam in the 500 freestyle. Jerram , Jake and Damian all swam like champions. I am especially proud of the way Damian swam despite being in a lot of pain from having his appendix removed just three weeks ago."
On the women's side of the meet the Cowgirls best event was the 50 freestyle in which two girls broke the top sixteen and three girls swam top five all time Wyoming swims. Jody Riskowski placed tenth with a time of 23.76 and Missy Lewis placed twelfth with a time of 23.98. Both girls, as well as Katie Haywood swam times in the preliminaries that break into the top five all time at Wyoming. Riskowski swam a new school record time of 23.73, Lewis swam the second fastest time of 23.82 (behind Riskowski's new mark) and Haywood swam the fourth fastest time in school history (24.24).
Allison Schmid was the lone Cowgirl to place in the top 16 of the 200 IM. Her time of 2:08.59 landed her in 13th place and is the sixth fastest time in school history.
The final two events of the day were the 400 medley relay and the 3 meter diving event. The 400 medley "A" relay team placed seventh in the event with a time of 3:56.39. On the three meter diving board Cowgirl Channing Kimball placed seventh with a score of 383.40.
"We are swimming very well on the women's side," replied Johnson. "Our divers had a great day and kept us in it. I am very excited about getting after it tomorrow."
Day three of the MWC Swimming and Diving Championships will begin tomorrow morning with the preliminaries beginning at 10 am and the finals starting at 6 pm. Scheduled events include the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the men's 3 meter springboard.
Women's Team Scores 1. UNLV 251 2. Colorado State 241 3. BYU 215.50 4. Utah 188 5. New Mexico 181 6. Air Force 145.50 7. Wyoming 139 8. San Diego State 78