Swimming & Diving

Cowgirl Swimming And Diving Finishes Third At 2003 Lobo Invitational

Katie Haywood swam to three top-five finishes on the weekend.

Katie Haywood swam to three top-five finishes on the weekend.

Nov. 9, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Cowgirl Swimming and Diving team swam to a third place finish at the 2003 Lobo Invitational after Friday and Saturday's competition. The Cowgirls finished with 634 team points behind Colorado State (1,151) and Northern Arizona (824). The Cowgirls beat New Mexico (596), New Mexico State (317) and Northern Colorado (231).

The Cowgirls swam to top five finishes in 13 events including the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays. The 200 freestyle relay team placed fifth with a time of 1:41.06, the 400 medley relay team placed fourth (4:02.20), the 200 medley relay placed third (1:52.23), the 800 freestyle relay placed third (7:59.53) and the 400 freestyle relay placed second (3:37.32).

Individually, the Cowgirls were paced by senior captain Katie Haywood who swam to three top-five finishes on the weekend. Haywood started the meet with a fifth place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.08. She then swam to a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.09. Haywood also placed fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.57) just behind freshman Heidi Thorson (1:00.46), who placed fourth.

Thorson came away with her second top-five finish of the meet as she placed fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:00.14). Senior Ashley Mallett and freshman Lauren Beard also had top five finishes on the weekend. Mallett finished fifth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:12.77 and Beard swam to a fifth place time of 2:11.49 in the 200 backstroke.

Freshman Saara Haapanen had a great weekend finishing in the top five of both the 1 and 3 meter diving events. Her score of 223.65 placed her third on the 1 meter board while her score of 421.45 was good for a fourth place finish on the 3 meter board.

"I am really pleased with the way the kids swam this weekend," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "I thought we raced really hard and did an outstanding job of stepping up and taking it to these teams.



"I think our strong performances are a testament to our improvement. Our freshmen are starting to get some experience and are feeling more comfortable and our senior leadership in Katie (Haywood) and Janelyn (Lilly) is awesome."

On the weekend the Cowgirls came away with their first dual win of the season by defeating New Mexico within the invitational. The Cowgirls MWC dual record moves to 1-0 with the win.

The women will team up with the men to travel to Denver next Saturday for a non-conference dual. Start time in Denver is set for noon.

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