Wyoming Swimming and Diving Teams Close Out Season at MWC Championships
Feb. 22, 2003
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team finished the 2003 Mountain West Conference Championships in fourth place and the women finished in seventh.
BYU's men and women won their fourth consecutive MWC Championships. The men tallied 908 points and were followed by Air Force (635), UNLV (591), Wyoming (547) and Utah (415). The BYU women finished with 662 points and were trailed by Colorado State (617.50), UNLV (574), Utah (496), New Mexico (379), Air Force (329.50), Wyoming (295) and San Diego State (263).
Wyoming seniors Damian Storz and Jody Riskowski were honored as the recipients of the 2003 Senior Recognition award. Damian and Jody leave Wyoming as two of the most successful swimmers in school history.
Scott Usher was once again the swimmer of the day for the Cowboys. He set a new MWC record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:58.14. This is the second fastest time in school history and is good for an NCAA "B" cut. This is the second conference record he broke over the weekend, as he broke the 100 breaststroke record yesterday.
Jerram Chudleigh had a good day for the Cowboys tallying two top four performances. He placed fourth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.70 and placed second in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:47.81. The 200 fly time was good for an NCAA "B" cut.
Ethan Maclean also swam a very tough 200 backstroke and
placed fifth. His time of 1:50.31 is the third fastest time
in school history.
Grant Kritzinger swam well and placed seventh in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.52. His preliminary time of 45.39 is the fourth fastest time in school history.
Senior Jake Weidert closed out his college career with a sixth place finish in the 200 butterfly. He swam a time of 1:50.50.
Damian Storz also closed his career out in good fashion with a second place finish in the 1650 freestyle. He swam to a time of 15:45.75.
Adam Miller had a good day in the platform diving event where he placed fifth. He scored 344.85 points.
"I am very proud of the way our team battled," replied UW head coach Tom Johnson. "Scott's performance at this meet was something special. Damian, Ethan, Grant, Jerram and Adam all had very good days as well."
On the women's side of the meet Jody Riskowski had an exceptional day for the Cowgirls. She broke the Wyoming school record in the 100 freestyle three times today. She first broke the record in the preliminaries then rebroke it in the finals before finally setting the mark with her lead time in the 400 freestyle relay. Her time of 52.03 placed her tenth in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 51.97 in the relay will stand as the new school record.
Janelyn Lilly finished eighth in the 200 backstroke. She swam to a time of 2:06.33. Ashley Mallett also finished in the top eight of her event with a fifth place finish in the 200 butterfly (2:05.84). This is the fifth fastest time in school history. Missy Lewis came away with a tenth place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:30.44.
Allison Schmid closed her career out with a 15th place finish in the 200 breaststroke. She swam the race to a time of 2:24.66.
Ashlie Niederer finished the season with an eighth place showing on the platform diving board. She scored 279.90 points.
The Cowgirls closed the season out with a bang by shattering the 400 freestyle relay school record. Riskowski, Schmid, Katie Haywood and Lindsey Springer placed fourth with a time of 3:27.99.
"Our girls improved immensely from last year," replied Johnson. "I am very proud of Jody, Allison, Ashley, Kristin and Ashlie and the way they competed tonight.
"Overall, it was a pretty good meet for us. We virtually rewrote the record book over four days. As a program we need to continue to improve and get better. This was a step in the right direction. I am very proud of all the effort and dedication our kids gave this season."
Scott Usher and possibly a few other Cowboys will be off to the NCAA Championships which will be held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas. A few Pokes will try one last time to qualify at an NCAA last chance qualifier between Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.