Wyoming Swimming And Diving Sweeps San Diego State, Colorado School of Mines
Nov. 20, 2004
Laramie, Wyo. -- The University of Wyoming women's swimming and diving team beat San Diego State 173-119 while the Cowboys beat the Colorado School of Mines 170-116, Saturday afternoon at Corbett Pool. The Wyoming men and women combined to win 31 of 32 events on the day.
The Cowgirls won 15 of 16 events on the day as they improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Mountain West Conference dual action. The 200 medley relay team of freshman Rachel Leyes, and sophomore's Erin Spadinger, Heidi Thorson and Tamara Lehnertz won the event in a time of 1:48.67. The 400 freestyle relay team of Lehnertz, Thorson, sophomore Katie Bigger and freshman Angela DeWolf swam the fastest time of 3:38.53 but swam it as an exhibition.
Individually, Lehnertz, Leyes and freshman Lindsey Russenberger each won two events. Lehnertz swam to first place finishes in the 100 freestyle (53.77) and the 200 freestyle (1:55.15) while Leyes won the 100 backstroke (1:00.93) and the 200 backstroke (2:12.59) and Russenberger won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.56) and the 200 breaststroke (2:28.22). Other first place finishes came from sophomore Holly Hansen in the 1000 freestyle (10:53.94), sophomore Lindsay Taylor in the 200 butterfly (2:14.61) and senior Kristin Lewis in the 500 freestyle (5:22.03). Thorson won the 100 butterfly (58.59) and sophomore Lauren Beard won the 200 IM (2:14.78) but both times were swam as exhibitions.
The Cowgirls swept both boards of diving as freshman Brittany Wainwright won the 1-meter (250.85) and sophomore Emily Keefer won the 3-meter board (252.35).
" I am very happy with a conference dual win," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "The girls swam very well and they continue to get better each time out."
The Cowboys won all 16 events on the day as they improved to 2-0 on the season. The 200 medley relay team of freshman Carl Marais, senior Scott Usher, sophomore Ron Fogel and senior Grant Kritzinger won the event in a time of 3:26.17. The 400 freestyle relay team of Marais, Kritzinger, senior Bryce Perica and freshman Henry Holmberg swam a time of 3:12.17.
Individually, Marais, Perica and Fogel each swam to a pair of first place finishes. Marais won the 200 freestyle (1:41.30) and swam the fastest 200 backstroke (1:50.89) but swam it as an exhibition. His time in the 200 backstroke is a new Corbett Pool record, surpassing BYU's Scott Mefford's time of 1:51.57 which he swam in 1984. Perica won the 50 freestyle (21.87) and the 100 freestyle (48:24) while Fogel won the 100 butterfly (52.50) and 200 butterfly (1:56.53).
Usher swam to a first place time of 2:02.62 in the 200 breaststroke as he won the event by more than 20 seconds. Other first place finishes came from sophomore Emre Aydin in the 1000 freestyle (10:09.80), freshman Piers Blyth in the 100 backstroke (54.38), freshman Will McCallum in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.00), sophomore Nick King in the 500 freestyle (5:02.32) and freshman Sam King in the 400 IM (4:18.86).
The Cowboy divers also swept both boards of diving as sophomore John Lynch won both boards, scoring 280.20 on the 1-meter and 295.10 on the 3-meter.
"The men swam very well today," added Johnson. "Both relay's were very strong and Carl had a great meet and broke the pool record in the 200 back.
"As a whole, we have to continue working hard and get ready for the
Vegas Invite and the bulk of our season. We have some sick kids and
we need to get healthy. We will let them go home and enjoy
Thanksgiving before getting after it again."