Swimming & Diving

Cowboy Swimming And Diving In Fifth Place After Second Day Of Purdue Invite

Galen Gough placed seventh in the 200 IM.

Galen Gough placed seventh in the 200 IM.

Nov. 22, 2003

Laramie, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team is in fifth place after the first two days of the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

In yesterday's action, the Cowboys swam to four top-eight finishes. The first came in the 200 freestyle relay when Bryce Perica, Gene Birks, Grant Kritzinger and Brent Baker swam to an eighth place time of 1:25.36. Individually, Galen Gough finished placed seventh in the 200 IM in 1:54.45 and Gene Birks placed sixth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.21.

Today, the Cowboys swam to seven top-eight finishes including two second place finishes. Birks placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.60 and Scott Usher placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.54. Birks breaks his own record as the second fastest 100 butterfly time in UW history. Usher's preliminary time of 54.23 is the fastest time thus far this season in the nation.

Others tallying top-eight finishes were Galen Gough and Jon McNeely, both in the 400 IM. Gough swam to a fourth place 4:02.35 and McNeely to an eighth place 4:08.19. Adam Miller dove to an eighth place finish on the 3-meter board with a score of 444.70.

Both Cowboy relay teams finished in the top-eight with the 800 freestyle relay team of Birks, Grant Kritzinger, Ron Fogel and Nick King leading the way with a fourth place finish in a time of 6:48.28. The 200 medley relay team of Ethan Maclean, Usher, Birks and Kritzinger finished fifth with a time of 1:32.64.

"Our guys are racing awesome against some great competition," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "This is probably one of the best in season meets we have ever had. I am so pleased with our effort and we are really looking forward to closing this meet out tomorrow."

Tomorrow will mark the final day of the Invite as competition gets underway at noon with preliminary races. Finals are set to begin at 5:00 p.m.



Team Scores Following Day #2:
Southern Illinois-385
Ohio State-194

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