ThunderWolves claim first place in the Citrus Classic

ThunderWolves claim first place in the Citrus Classic

MESA, Ariz. (January 2, 2016) – In their first meet of 2016, the Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming & diving team took first place in the Citrus Classic. The Pack scored 669 team points, besting their closest competition, Adams State University, by 152 points. 

Reigning Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week, April McDonough (So., Frisco, Texas) jetted her way to another three first place finishes. McDonough won the 100, 200, and 500 freestyle events, earning 60 points for the Pack.

Samantha Sannes (So., Torrance, Calif.) slipped past the competition to win both 200 and 400 yard individual medleys. Sannes collected 57 points for the Pack at the meet.

In the Pack's only 1-2 finishes of the meet, McDonough (2:03.60) and Sannes (2:07.19) topped the competition in the 200 freestyle. Sannes (5:23.47) returned to lead the Pack to first place in the 400 IM. Leila Zijadic (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) placed second in the event with a time of 6:03.20. 

Magdalena Contreras-Gomez (So., San Luis Potosi, Mexico) sprinted her way to first place in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:26.07. Contreras-Gomez delivered 37 points individually and helped on both Pack relay teams. 

Freshman, Arianna Rohde (Anchorage, Alaska) touched the wall with the top time in the 200 backstroke. Rohde's time of 2:25.13 edged her closest competition by .59 seconds. Rohde finished in the top three in each of her three individual events earning 53 points for the Pack.

In the 100 yard breaskstroke, Emily Foster (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.) gave the Pack its sixth first place finish of the day. Foster (1:11.85) outdueled the rest of the field by 4.15 seconds.

 After winning its first meet of 2016, the Pack will look for another victory next weekend when they return home to the Sam Jones Aquatic Center. CSU Pueblo will host the Colorado School of Mines Jan.8 at 6 p.m.

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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.