PUEBLO, Colo. (November 6, 2014) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming & diving team returns to the pool this weekend with a pair of home Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meets. The ThunderWolves will compete against Colorado School of Mines Friday at 7:30 p.m., before welcoming Adams State University to the Steel City Saturday at 1 p.m. Both meets will take place at Pueblo County High School.
A look at the ThunderWolves
CSU-Pueblo has swam in two events this fall in its inaugural season of competition. In their last meet, the ThunderWolves squared off against Division I opponent New Mexico State University. The Pack fell to the Aggies to drop to 0-2 on the season, but several swimmers improved on their times from the opening meet of the season against Western Colorado State University.
In the 200 free, freshman April McDonough (Frisco, Texas) improved on her time by nearly a second, posting a mark of 1:58.23. McDonough's 200-free time is the sixth-best clocking this season in the conference.
Taylor Wertz (Fr., Lamar, Colo.) shaved a few tenths of a second off of her time in the 50 free, clocking a mark of 27.11. The swimmer who improved her times the most was freshman Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (Austin, Texas). Contreras-Gomez swam the 200 IM in 2:24.57, which was over seven seconds faster than her previous best time of the season. The freshman followed that performance with a time of 1:02.06 in the 100 butterfly, improving on her previous best mark by over three-and-a-half seconds. In the 100 free, Deanna Harrison (Fr., Orlando, Fla.) touched the wall in 1:00.28 against the Aggies, compared to 1:00.59 versus Western State.
A look at the Orediggers
Colorado Mines is 0-3 this season in dual meets, falling to the Air Force Academy, Colorado Mesa University and Western State.
In the RMAC preseason coaches poll, Mines was picked to finish fifth one spot ahead of the ThunderWolves. The Orediggers feature a pair of preseason all-conference selections in Briana Burns and Katrin Gallup. Gallup owns a trio of top-10 times in the conference this season, including the fifth-best time in the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.78.
Several other swimmers have top-10 league times so far this season including, Sarah Berude (100 and 200 backstroke), Carrie Kralovec (200 butterfly), Melanie Buckles (200 butterfly), Maya Gort (1650 freestyle) and Kaity Hillgartner (1650 freestyle).
A look at the Grizzlies
Adams State will be competing in its first dual meet of the season against the Pack. The Grizzlies opened the year with an appearance in the Wayland Baptist Invite. While in Texas, Adams State claimed titles in seven different events.
Preseason RMAC All-Conference selection Marissa Mantzey garnered a pair of first-place finishes, winning the 50 and 100 free. Alexis Divelbiss also won a pair of events, taking first in the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.
The Grizzlies were selected to finish fourth in the RMAC preseason coaches poll.
400 medley relay, 1000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 1-meter diving, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 3-meter diving, 100 breaststroke, 400 freestyle relay
The ThunderWolves will take to the road for a pair of RMAC meets, beginning Nov. 21 at Western State. The following day CSU-Pueblo will swim at Adams State.
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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.