2000-2001 Wyoming Swimming & Diving Informational Press Release
Oct. 9, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
2000-2001 Season: Expectations are high for the Wyoming swimming and diving teams heading into the 2000-2001 season. Both the men's and women's teams are looking to build upon thier success from last season and challenge for a conference title.
The Cowgirls are coming off one of their best seasons in school history and return a talented squad of letterwinners to go along with a very solid freshman class. UW finished last season with a 7-1 overall record, 4-1 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cowgirls had many highlights last year highlighted by their first ever victory over rival Colorado State. Three school records were also set last season by returning swimmers Angie Sax and Darcrea Corey. The season concluded on a high note with the team placing fourth at the conference championships. Head coach Tom Johnson was honored as the conference's women's coach of the year.
The Cowboys also had a fantastic season finishing with a record of 4-1, 2-1 in conference. The men also placed fourth at the conference championships.
Damian Storz was honored as the Mountain West Conferences men's freshman of the year at the conclusion of the season after an impressive rookie campaign at UW. Storz won the 400-individual medley at conference.
UW junior Oscar Delgado returns as the defending conference champ in the platform as well as one of the top divers in the Mountain West Conference.
Alumni vs. Varsity Meet: Wyoming head swimming coach Tom Johnson resurrected the Alumni vs. Varsity meet this season. The last time this meet was held was in 1996.
The meet matched current varsity Wyoming swimmers and divers against former Cowboy and Cowgirl letterwinners. To even out the teams, the alumni team was stocked with current UW freshman.
The varsity dominated the meet winning 20 of the 22 events. Seventeen meet records were also broken during the course of the competition.
Sophomore Missy Lewis won two events, the 50-free and 50-breast to lead all varsity swimmers. Freshman Lauren Bush, who swam for the alumni, had an impressive debut for the Cowgirls, winning both the 100 and 200-free.
Other individual winners for the Cowgirls were Auburn transfer Mabry Fiddler in the 100-IM, sophomore Angie Sax in the 50-fly and sophomore Jody Riskowski in the 50-back.
In diving sophomore Lauren Colaric swept both the one and three-meter events. Colaric transfered to Wyoming this year from Auburn University.
Senior Buddy Boysen and sophomore Jake Weidert were the top Cowboy performers, both winning two events. Boysen won the 100-IM and the 50-fly and Weidert won the 200-free and the 50-breast.
Senior Jason Garman won the 50-free, junior Jake Rehard won the 100-free and junior Jaime Snider won the 50-back. Junior Oscar Delgado swept the diving events.
TJ's Take: These are quotes from Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson about the Alumni vs. Varsity meet:
"This was a real fun meet for our athletes and was a great way to get the season started. It was neat to see some of the alumni back in town as well. We broke some meet records today which is a testament to how hard our athletes are training.
I was very pleased with our performances and feel with more work we'll only get stronger."
Next up for Wyoming: Wyoming will compete in the annual Cowpoke Pentathlon Friday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 pm. The Pentathlon consists of each athlete swimming five 100-yard events, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle and individual medley.
The Pentathlon will conclude the pre-season training for UW. Wyoming's
first regular season meet will be Oct. 20-21 at the Early Bird
Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.