Matan Ratz and the Utah men will be back in action this week.
Jan. 21, 2003
Utah will host Wyoming and Air Force this week as the conference race heats up. On Friday, Jan. 24, the Utes will go against Wyoming at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Utah will welcome Air Force, the meet will begin at 1:00 p.m. Both meets will be held at the Ute Natatorium.
The Utah women are 8-7 overall (3-2 in conference). With two more wins the women will be guaranteed the first winning season since 1988. The men are 5-5 overall (1-1 in conference). With two wins the Ute men would achieve their first winning season since 1999.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Wyoming's women's team holds a 1-2 conference mark while the men are 1-0 in conference. The Cowboys beat Utah last year at Wyoming and will again present a challenge this year. Air Force arrives with a 0-4 conference record on the women's side, while the men are 1-0. The Falcons received some first-place votes in the preseason conference poll.
REVIEWING LAST WEEK:
The Ute women lost to Colorado State 172-126, and beat New Mexico 130-104. Marta Stepanczuk won the 1000 and 500 freestyle events against Colorado State and New Mexico, she also won the 800 free relay against the Lobos. Utah rebounded off a tough loss against the Rams on Thursday and dominated the Lobos in the meet on Saturday.
QUOTING HEAD COACH MICHAEL LITZINGER:
"This week will show what the Mountain West Conference holds and where we stand. The men will need to race hard but we are in the position we want to be in. The women are out to make up for last year's loss."