PUEBLO, Colo. (December 3, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving team will journey to Western State College and Adams State University this weekend as they resume their conference dual meets. They Pack will swim against Western State Friday at 3 p.m. before embarking on a trip to Adams State Saturday for a meet that begins at 11 a.m.
For CSU-Pueblo this will be their second dual against Western this season. The two teams faced off in the first on-campus home meet in ThunderWolves history Oct. 9. Since that meeting, head Coach, Brian Pearson's squad has set 15 new school records in two meets. The Pack set 13 of these records at the CMU Invite two weekends ago.
Among those record setters sits April McDonough (So., Frisco, Texas) who broke her own CSU-Pueblo benchmarks in the 100 and 500 yard freestyle events. McDonough also competed on two record setting relays at the CMU Invite.
McDonough's altitude adjusted time of 10:29.10 in the 1,000 yard race currently ranks 15th in the nation and also counts as a B cut time for nationals. Her 5:04.24 clip in the 500 freestyle earns her 27th place national and another B cut time that could lead McDonough to nationals in 2016.
Samantha Sannes (So., Torrance, Calif.) swam the 13th fastest 1650 yard freestyle time in the nation. Sannes' altitude adjusted mile time of 17:29.30 marks the Pack's third B cut qualifying time and gives Sannes a chance to qualify for nationals. Sannes also ranks 28th nationally in the 400 yard individual medley.
Kristina Chang (Missouri City, Texas), Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (So., San Luis Potosi, Mexico,)Emily Foster (Santa Barbara, Calif.) , and Arianna Rohde (Fr., Anchorage, Alaska) all have times that rank in the top 100 in the nation. Chang owns the school record in the 100 backstroke and the 65th fastest time in the nation. Rohde sits 10 places behind her teammate in this event and holds the 67th quickest clipin the 200 backstroke.
Foster ranks in the 60s for both the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events. Contreras-Gomez became the first Pack Swimmer to break the minute-mark in the 100 butterfly. She was rewarded for her efforts last meet with 53rd fastest 100 butterfly time and the 61st fastest 200 butterfly clip.
These six swimmers will try to lead CSU-Pueblo swimming & diving to a conference win over Adams State and Western State. For Coach Pearson's take on this weekend's meets click on the video above.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.