Flashback in Wyoming Athletics History
Jan. 16, 1988
On this date the Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl swimming and diving teams defeated the Air Force Falcons in the first dual meet of the season with the Cowgirls edging the Falcons 114-101 and the Cowboys cruising to a 130-85 victory.
On the women's side, the Cowgirls were led by senior Elizabeth "Betsy" Graham of Green River. Graham helped to seal the Cowgirl's victory with first place finishes in the 100 and 200 Freestyle with times of 54.45, and 2:00.96 respectively. Graham also anchored the 400 Medley Relay with Robyn Grylevich, Tamra McCullough, and M.J. Loveland, which won the event by three seconds over the Falcons in a time of 4:06.71.
The Cowboys were led by senior Mark Miller of Laramie in the 400 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle and 200 Breaststroke. Miller along with relay teammates Ron DeFauw, Dixon Kane, and Jim Creek flew past the Falcons in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:31.18 to capture first place in the event. Miller also went on to capture first place finishes in his individual events. In the 200 Freestyle, Miller edged out Cowboy teammate Brian Pearson by almost two seconds with a time of 1:42.89. Miller then followed with an impressive finish in the 200 Breaststroke with a time of 2:09.77, defeating Air Force's Wes Hallman by over three seconds.
UW freshman Cowboy Rob Clayton finished second with his relay team in the 400 Medley and fourth in the 200 Breaststroke at the dual with Air Force. Clayton is currently in his ninth season as the head coach of the Falcon swimming and diving team.
Miller would go on to set the Corbett Pool record in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 1:52.43 on Feb. 5, and would go on to win all four of his events at the WAC Championships, setting the WAC records in the 100 Breaststroke, 200 Individual Medley, and a WAC meet record in the 200 Breaststroke. At the conclusion of the season Miller led the Cowboys at the NCAA Championships to an 18th place finish by placing second in the 200 Breaststroke, third in the 100 Breaststroke, and fifth in the 200 Individual Medley. Miller was awarded three first team All-America honors at the end of the season. Miller was selected as Athlete of the Decade for the 1980's after winning seven WAC Championships and being awarded as WAC Swimmer of the Year for 1987 and 1988. Miller became the first swimmer to be included in the Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame with his induction in 1996.