PUEBLO, Colo. (November 18, 2015) – After almost three weekends without competition, the Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming and diving team returns to action as the visit Grand Junction, Colo. for the Colorado Mesa Invite. The three day event begins Thursday Nov. 19 and continues through Saturday Nov. 21.
The Pack last competed at the USAFA Invite in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct.24. They posted several strong individual performances at this event and look to build momentum off of this meet.
April McDonough (So., Frisco, Texas)placed third in 100 yard swim, beating the rest of her Division II competition by 17 seconds. Samantha Sannes (So., Torrance, Calif.) topped all other Division II swimmers in the 500 yard race.
Arianna Rohde (Fr., Anchorage Alaska) entered her name in the Pack's top five list twice with the second fastest 200 yard backstroke time in school history (2:16.78) and the fourth fastest 200 yard butterfly time (2:15.10).Rohde placed in the top 10 in four events at the USAFA Meet.
The Pack also set a new school record in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.04. Sannes, Jade Irick (Fr., Idaho Falls, Idaho), Emily Foster (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (So., San Luis Potosi, Mexico) helped the Pack set this new school record.
While the Pack succeeded as a team in this relay, CSU-Pueblo Head Coach Brian Pearson still wants to see his team's chemistry improve.
"We're gonna use this meet as a team builder," Pearson said. "We're just looking for improvement and looking for cohesiveness."
The Colorado Mesa Invite will be the Pack's only meet in November. They will travel to Western State College, Adams State University, and Colorado College in December before returning home Jan. 8 to host Colorado School of Mines.
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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.