COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 27, 2016) – On Tuesday, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released its annual preseason swimming & diving release, and RMAC coaches picked Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving to finish sixth.
CSU-Pueblo returns 12 swimmers and two divers from their squad that went 3-6 in 2015-16. The Pack's three victories were their first in program history ,including its first win over Adams State University who is ranked fifth in the RMAC's preseason poll. New diving coach Matthew Fremling joins Head Coach Brian Pearson and Assistant Coach Paige McMahan on the Pack's coaching staff.
Junior April McDonough (Frisco, Texas) returns after posting a B cut time in her sophomore season. She holds the Pack's records in the 100, 200, 500, and 1000 yard freestyle events.
Sophomores Arianna Rohde (Anchorage, Alaska) and Jade Irick (Idaho Falls, Idaho) are back for their second year with CSU-Pueblo. Rohde holds Pack records in the 50 and 200 backstroke. Clarissa Gardella (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif.) holds the Pack's record in the 50 freestyle as she looks to end her Pack career with a new personal best.
Sophomore Stefany Busch (Carlsbad, Colo.) leads the diving core, after setting school records in both the 1 meter and 3 meter heights. Lauren Smith (So., Apopka, Fla.) and freshman Kortney Spencer (Pueblo, Colo.) will also look to make a splash with the Pack's diving team.
Four more freshman will join the Pack for 2016-17. Torah Fisher (Estes Park, Colo.), Kelsey Johnson (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Phoebe Pontious (Caledonia, Mich.) and Angie Randall (Fairbanks, Alaska) will all make their Pack debuts in 2016-17.
The ThunderWolves begin their third season as a program, Oct.1 4 when the Pack hosts Western State Colorado University. CSU-Pueblo's first home meet at the Sam Jones Aquatic Center will begin at 5 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.