ThunderWolves Swimming & Diving to face Western State in inaugural meet

ThunderWolves Swimming & Diving to face Western State in inaugural meet

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 10, 2014) – History will be made Sunday, as the Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming & diving team hosts Western State Colorado University in the program's inaugural meet. Action gets under way with the 400 medley relay at 3 p.m. at Pueblo County High School. 

A look at the ThunderWolves
CSU-Pueblo was picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The ThunderWolves (11 points) finished ahead of Western State (8 points), which was selected to conclude the year in seventh place.

Head coach Brian Pearson's squad features 10 freshmen, one redshirt sophomore, two juniors and one redshirt junior. The Pack placed a pair of swimmers, in Clarissa Gardella (Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.) and Leila Zijadic (Fr., North Vancouver, B.C., Canada), on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason all-conference team.

In addition to Gardella and Zijadic, freshmen April McDonough (Frisco, Texas), Sydney Anderson (Garden Grove, Calif.) and Samantha Sannes (Torrance, Calif.), as well as junior Emily Foster (Santa Barbara, Calif.) look to make an immediate impact for the ThunderWolves.  

This summer, Pearson had an opportunity to talk about the program in an interview with Swimming World's Morning Swim Show. To watch the interview, click here

A look at the Mountaineers
In the program's third year, since being reinstated, the Mountaineers were selected to finish seventh in the RMAC preseason coaches poll.  Western returns a total of 13 swimmers from the 2013-14 squad.  In addition to the 13 returners, 11 newcomers join the Mountaineers.

Also a newcomer to Mountaineer swim is head coach Geoff Hanson.  Hanson is in his first season at the helm of the Western women's swimming and diving program.

Meet format
400 medley relay, 1000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 1m 6 dive break, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 3m 6 dive break, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle relay

Looking ahead
The Pack will travel to Las Cruces, N.M. to face Division I opponent New Mexico State University, Oct. 25. The dual-meet is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.