ThunderWolves set for history with first home meet on CSU-Pueblo campus

ThunderWolves set for history with first home meet on CSU-Pueblo campus


PUEBLO, Colo. (October 8, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo women's swimming and diving team begins its second season Friday when they host Western State Colorado University for the first-ever home event held at CSU-Pueblo.

Last season, the ThunderWolves went winless in its nine team competition contests (0-6 RMAC).

The Pack return two All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference performers in sophomores Samantha Sannes (IM/Dist, Torrance, Calif.) and April McDonough (Free/IM, Frisco, Texas). Sannes collected a spot on the first team in the 1650 freestyle after placing second in the event at the conference championships. McDonough landed on the second team in the 500 freestyle.

In its inaugural season, the ThunderWolves roster consisted of 12 members. All 12 return this season, but head coach Brian Pearson added depth by signing 12 new members in the offseason.

Besides McDonough and Sannes other competitors to look out for according to Pearson are, Kristina Chang (Fr., Fly/Back/Sprinter, Missouri City, Texas), Arianna Rohde (Fr., Back/Fly, Anchorage, Alaska) and divers redshirt freshman Stefany Busch (Diving, Carlsbad, Calif) and freshman Lauren Smith (1M/3M/Diving, Apopka, Fla.). Pearson said if everything goes right, all six could qualify for nationals in the 2015-16 season.

The Pack were selected to finish fifth in the preseason coaches' poll out of eight squads.

Last season against the Mountaineers, CSU-Pueblo lost both contests to Western State (144-61, 173-93).

After the ThunderWolves host Western State, the Pack will conclude October at the United States Air Force Academy Invitational. November will consist of one invitational when they travel to Colorado Mesa University for the Colorado Mesa Invite Nov. 19-21.

December will see of three road contests, two of which are Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tilts, first against Western State, then next against Adams State University. They'll finish the month against Colorado College.

The final month of the regular season, will be full of competition. On the second day of 2016, the ThunderWolves will travel to Mesa, Ariz., for the Citrus Classic. They'll return home Jan. 8-9 to host Colorado School of Mines and Adams State for the second time on the schedule. Next the Pack will travel for the Colorado College Classic Jan 15-17.

Finally, CSU-Pueblo will finish the regular season on the road Jan. 29-30 in Kearney, Neb., competing against Nebraska Kearney University and Northern Colorado University both days.

Once the regular season is over, the RMAC Swimming & Diving Championship will be held in Grand Junction, Colo. Feb. 10-13. Then the 2015-16 season concludes with the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships Mar. 8-12 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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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.