ThunderWolves Swimming & Diving falls to Western State in inaugural meet

ThunderWolves Swimming & Diving falls to Western State in inaugural meet

PUEBLO, Colo. (Pueblo County High School) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming and diving team took to the pool for the first time in program history, Sunday, hosting the Western State Colorado University Mountaineers. Freshman April McDonough (Frisco, Texas) recorded two event victories for the Pack, winning the 200 and 100 free, but the Mountaineers downed the ThunderWolves by an overall score of 144-61.

The loss drops CSU-Pueblo to 0-1 on the season in dual meets, while Western State evens its record at 1-1.

McDonough headlined the day for the ThunderWolves with her two victories. The freshman won the 200 free in a time of 1:59.18, outdistancing second-place finisher Anna Kaiser of Western State by over four seconds. In the 100 free, McDonough posted a time of 55.03 to claim her second victory of the afternoon.

The Pack recorded second-place finishes in the 200 IM, 500 free, 100 breaststroke and the 400 medley relay. In the 200 IM, Samantha Sannes (Fr., Torrance, Calif.) was narrowly defeated by Western State's Danielle Ginsburg, 2:20.38 to 2:20.85. McDonough was the runner-up in the 500 free, while Emily Foster (Jr., Santa Barbara, Calif.) placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.67. In the 400 medley relay, the Pack quartet of Sydney Anderson (Fr., Garden Grove, Calif), Foster, Kayla Strohmeyer (Fr., Round Rock, Texas) and Leila Zijadic (Fr., North Vancouver, B.C., Canada) recorded a time of 4:23.40 to finish in second.

The Pack return to action Oct. 25 when they travel to Las Cruces, N.M. to face Division I opponent New Mexico State University. 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.