ALAMOSA, Colo. (December 5, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming & diving team earned the first win in school history Saturday. In just their second season as a program, the Pack sprinted to its first victory, a 132-12 6toppling of Adams State University with the top finish in the meet's final event.
The Pack's 200-yard freestyle relay team picked up seven extra points with a first place finish. That seven points proved to be the difference as the Pack escaped with a six point victory.
CSU-Pueblo swimmers earned first place finishes in eight events. The Pack also set three school records at the meet.
April McDonough (So., Frisco, Texas) got the Pack's its first event win in the 1,000 yard swim. McDonough's time of 11:25.23 beat her closest competition by 40 seconds.
In the following event, the 200 freestyle, the Pack claimed their first 1-2 finish on the afternoon. Jade Irick (Fr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) bested the competition with a time of 2:07.95. Deanna Harrison (So., Orlando, Fla.) posted a time of 2:12.25 to garner second place.
After Adams State reclaimed the lead, Emily Foster (Sr., Santa Barbara Calif.) torpedoed her way to the first of her two victories on the afternoon. Foster sprinted to the winners circle in the 50-yard breaststroke, eclipsing an Adams State swimmer by just .05 seconds. Her time of 32.79 broke her own school record (32.98) in the event.
The senior returned later in the meet to collect a victory in the 100-yard breastroke. Foster (1:10.26) outdueled her competition by over a second to grab another nine points for the Pack.
Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (So., San Luis Potosi, Mexico)and Arianna Rohde (Fr., Anchorage, Alaska) swept the top spots in the 100 yard butterfly. Contreras-Gomez earned first place with a time of 1:01.07. Rohde (1:02.54) swam her way to the runner-up spot in the event.
Adams State bounced back with a win in the 100 free. Kayle Mashore edged McDonough by .01 seconds as the Grizzlies jumped back in front.
Samantha Sannes (So., Torrance, Calif.) touched the wall in first place in the 500 free. Sannes' time of 5:36.19 brought nine crucial points to the Pack.
Contreras-Gomez glided to her second win of the afternoon in the 50-yard butterfly. The sophomore sped her way to a new school record of 27.75.
Rohde rose to the occasion as she etched her name in the CSU-Pueblo record books in the 50-yard backstroke. Rohde's swim shaved more than half a second off the previous record.
Despite these record setting performances and first place finishes, the Pack still trailed entering the final event, the women's 200 yard freestyle relay. In danger of missing out on their first win in school history, the realy team of Sannes, Irick, McDonough and Clarissa Gardella (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif.) sank the competition touching the wall almost five seconds faster the Grizzlies' number one team.
With the top time and the third best clip in this event, the Pack secured their first win in program history. Head Coach, Brian Pearson's team now sits 1-2 in dual meets this season.
After two meets this weekend, the Pack will compete at Colorado College on Saturday Dec. 12. The meet begins at 12 p.m. Following their clash with the Tigers, the Pack will enjoy a holiday break before they eventually return home Jan. 8 to host Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe, 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.