PUEBLO, Colo. (January 27, 2016) – In addition to her success in the pool, Colorado State University-Pueblo swimmer Samantha Sannes (So., Torrance, Calif.) excels at saving lives. Working as a lifeguard for Los Angeles County during the offseason, Sannes has qualified for the 2016 World Lifesaving Championships.
Hosted by the International Lifesaving Foundation, the World Lifesaving Championships will be held Sept. 1 -18 in Eindhoven and Noordwijk, Netherlands. Sannes will be representing the United States of America's team.
Sannes posted the fifth best time in the distance swim and the fourth best time in the run-swim-run event. She will compete in both these events at the World Saving Championships.
In order to qualify for the US National team, Sannes outlasted 200 swimmers at a regional qualifier. She then topped 300 competitors to earn a spot on the United States Lifesaving Association's High Performance Squad.
One of just 27 women to make the US High Performance Squad, Sannes made the team after her first year as a lifeguard for Los Angeles County. However, unlike her competitions in the pool at CSU-Pueblo, these events will be held in the North Sea or on a beach.
"It's such an honor, " sannes said. "I'm glad that I'm able to represent my country. It's something that I've been really wanting to do ever since I was nine-years-old and started swimming."
Before Sannes represents her country at the World Lifesaving Championships, in September will try to add a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship to her resume in two weeks when the Pack compete at the RMAC Championships Feb. 10-13. CSU-Pueblo swimming & diving will compete against the University of Nebraska-Kearney and the University of Northern Colorado Jan. 29-30 in Kearney, Neb.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics