PUEBLO, Colo. (November 17, 2016) – For the second time in the 2016-17 season, Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving will compete against Western State Colorado University. The Pack and the Mountaineers will meet in Gunnison, Colo. in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference dual Friday at 5 p.m.
The ThunderWolves enter this meet with momentum following their first win of the season, a 103-98 victory over Adams State. CSU-Pueblo now holds a 1-2 record in RMAC duals.
Co-Captain April McDonough (Jr., Frisco, Texas) won two events against the Grizzlies. McDonough conquered the field in the 200 Free by five seconds with a time of 2:03.10. She returned later to win the 500 free in a time of 5:35.70, nearly four seconds better than her closest competition. McDonough also posted the top time in the 1000 Free (11:18.45), but competed in that event in an exhibition.
McDonough also enjoyed success in the first meeting of the season between the Pack and the Mountaineers, Oct. 14. McDonough won both of her events against Western State earlier this season, the 500 free (5:27.27) and the 1000 Free (11:06.68). She beat the field by five seconds in the 500 free and two seconds in the 1000 free.
Sophomore Arianna Rohde (Anchorage, Alaska) also earned a pair of wins in the Pack's victory over the Grizzlies. Rohde took home first place in the 200 butterfly (2:13.72), besting the field by over five seconds. She also placed first in the 200 Backstroke (2:15.56), four seconds better than her closest competition.
Rohde earned a trio of second places finishes in the first meeting between the Pack and the Mountaineers, missing first by the narrowest of margins. In all three of Rohde's second place finishes, she was less than a second behind the winner. She was out-touched by 0.28 seconds in the 200 individual medley (2:17.28), by 0.14 seconds in the 100 butterfly (1:01.04), and by 0.68 seconds in the 100 back (1:00.38).
Phoebe Pontious (Fr., Caledonia, Mich.) won one of her individual events against the Mountaineers in her only career meet against Western State. Pontious won the 50 free in a time of 25.26. She also took second in the 100 free (56.04).
Pontious claimed second in consecutive races against the Grizzlies. She was the runner up in the 50 free (25.81), and 100 free (56.78). She has five second place finishes and two first place finishes in her first four collegiate meets.
Senior Malin Wallmon (Stockholm, Sweden) will look for a first place finish in consecutive meets. She won the 200 breast stroke against Adams with a time of 2:46.44.
Freshman Angie Randall (Fairbanks, Alaska) has surged lately. Randall placed second in two events against Adams, taking the silver in the 1000 Free (11:53.25) and the 400 IM (5:17.14).
The Pack divers will return to action for the first time since Oct. 28. Sophomore Stefany Busch (Carlsbad, Calif.) will get her first crack at the Mountaineers this season, Friday.
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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