PUEBLO, Colo. (February 10, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming and diving squad travels to Grand Junction, Colo. this week to compete in the 2015 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. The four-day event is hosted by Colorado Mesa University at El Pomar Natatorium. Each day includes two sessions, set to begin at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. each day.
A look at the ThunderWolves
CSU-Pueblo takes five top-ten conference times into the championship. In the 1000 freestyle, April McDonough (Fr., Frisco, Texas) has the sixth fastest time with an altitude-adjusted mark of 10:35.69 and Samantha Sannes' (Fr., Torrance, Calif.) 10:48.65 altitude-adjusted time is good for 10th in the league.
Sannes also owns top-ten times in the 1650 freestyle (5th, 17:44.78 (a)) and 400 individual medley (8th, 4:34.46 (a)). Emily Foster (Jr., Santa Barbara, Calif.) holds the remaining top-ten time for the Pack, sitting eighth in the 100 breaststroke with an altitude-adjusted time of 1:08.50.
McDonough leads the ThunderWolves with 13 first-place finishes this season. The freshman has the top times on the team in the 1000, 200 (1:55.90), 100 (54.95) and 50 (26.00) freestyle.
Sannes is second on the squad with 12 first-place times. The Torrance, Calif., native has the fastest times for the Pack in the 400, 200 (2:13.93) and 100 (1:07.51) individual medley as well as the 1650 and 500 (5:22.10) freestyle.
Foster holds team-best times in the 200 (2:32.75), 100 and 50 (32.98) breaststroke. The junior has placed first in five meets this season.
Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (Fr., Austin, Texas) has one win this season, touching the wall first in the 100 butterfly Nov. 7 versus Colorado Mines. Contreras-Gomez has swam the top times for the ThunderWolves in the 200 (2:14.90), 100 (1:02.05) and 50 (29.18) butterfly.
Also competing for CSU-Pueblo this week will be Abbey Cira (Fr., Pueblo, Colo.), Aimee Bond (R-Jr., Pueblo West, Colo.), Deanna Harrison (Fr., Orlando, Fla.), Taylor Wertz (Fr., Lamar, Colo.) and Leila Zijadic (Fr., North Vancouver, B.C., Canada).
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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.