PUEBLO, Colo. (October 24, 2015) –The Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming and diving team competed against three in-state schools in three dual meets at the USAFA Invite. The second-year program battled hard against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foes Colorado Mesa University and Colorado School of Mines as well as Division I opponents the Air Force Academy and University of North Dakota, but ended up on the short end of all three duals.
April McDonough (So., Frisco, Texas) placed third in the 1,000m race with a time of 11:07.53. McDonough bested her Division II competition by 17 seconds.
Samantha Sannes (So., Torrance, Calif.) torpedoed her way past the rest of her Division II competition in the 500 yard freestyle. Sannes' time of 5:25.44 earned her fourth place overall and stood six seconds faster than any other Division II athlete.
Sannes also anchored the Pack's 200 yard medley relay to a school record time of 1:54.04. Jade Irick (Fr., Idaho Falls, Idaho), Emily Foster (Sr., Santan barbara, Calif.) and Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (So., SanLuis Potosi, Mexico) also etched their name into the school's record books with this historic relay swim.
Competing in just her second, collegiate meet, Arianna Rohde (Fr., Anchorage, Alaska) put her name in the school's top five times list twice. Rohde posted the second fastest 200 yard backstroke clip in school history, touching the wall at 2:16.78. The freshman's time also earned her sixth place in the race.
Rohde also swam the fourth time in school history in the 200 yard breaststroke. Rohde's personal record placed her sixth overall in the race and second amongst Division II athletes.
In a busy afternoon in the pool, Rohde managed a third place finish in 200 yard individual medley (2:18.84).She also placed 10th in the 100 yard butterfly (1:02.26).
Stefany Busch (R-Fr., Carlsbad, Calif.) topped all Division II divers on the board in the 1m competition. Busch claimed seventh place with a score of 183.10.
The Pack's 400 yard freestyle relay time recorded the third fastest time in school history with a mark of 3:57.30. The team of Kristina Chang (Fr., Missouri City, Texas), Clarissa Gardella (Jr., Bakersfield, Calif.), Taylor Wertz (So., Lamar, Colo.), and McDonough finished ninth in the competition.
Head Coach, Brian Pearson's team will return to the pool when they compete in the Colorado Mesa Invite Nov. 19-21. This will be their only meet in November.
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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.