Pack swimming & diving faces Division I competition Saturday

Pack swimming & diving faces Division I competition Saturday

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 21, 2016)  Colorado State University-Pueblo swimming & diving hits the road for the first time in the 2016-17 season, when the Pack pays a visit to New Mexico State University in their second dual meet of the season. The meet will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the NM State Swimming & Diving Complex.

April McDonough (Jr., Frisco, Texas) won both of her individual events in the Pack's season -opening dual with Western State Colorado University. McDonough took first in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.27 to best the field by five seconds.  She also outouched her competition by two seconds in the 1000 free (11:06.81).

McDonough raced in the Pack's visit to Las Cruces, N.M. two years ago. She placed second in the 100 freestyle (55.95) and third in the 200 free (1:58.23).

Freshman Phoebe Pontious (Caledonia, Mich.) impressed in her Pack debut against the Mountaineers. Pontious won the 50 free in her first collegiate race. Her time of 25.26 stands just .05 behind the school record.

Sophomore Arianna Rohde (Anchorage, Alaska) will try to earn her first win of the season. Rohde narrowly missed a victory in her first meet of the season with three second place finishes. In all three of her events, Rohde missed first place by less than a second.

Rohde finished the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 2:17.48, just .28 seconds away from first place. In her second event, Rohde again claimed the runner up title with a 1:01.04 in the 100 butterfly, missing the win by .14 seconds.  She took the silver with a time of 1:00.38 in the 100 backstroke, 0.68 seconds behind the leader.

Jade Irick (So., Idaho Falls, Idaho) earned three third place finishes. Irick seized the bronze in the 200 free (2:04.57), 100 butterfly (1:02.14), and the 100 back (1:03.83). Her 200 free time set a new career–best time.

Freshman Angie Randall (Fairbanks, Alaska) made strides in her first collegiate meet. Randall took third in the 500 free with a time of 5:39.38. She placed fifth in the 200 free (2:07.42), and the 200 IM (2:29.87).

Following their head-to-head meet with the Aggies, the Pack will face Colorado School of Mines in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual. The Pack will return home to face Adams State University at 1 p.m. on Nov .12.

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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