ThunderWolves take sixth at RMAC Swimming & Diving Championships

ThunderWolves take sixth at RMAC Swimming & Diving Championships

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (February 11, 2017) –  After four days of competition at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships, Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving finished in sixth place with 226 team points.

The Pack's sixth place finish matched their finish from a season ago. California Baptist University won the event with 1,067 points.

April McDonough (Jr., Frisco, Texas) got the Pack off to a strong start on day four of the event. McDonough took seventh place in the 1650 free. Her time of 18:09.94 ranks as the fifth fastest in school history. The seventh place finish was her highest individual finish for the Pack at the meet. McDonough also finished ninth in the 500 free and 10th in the 1000 free.

Freshman Phoebe Pontious (Caledonia, Michigan) set a Pack record in the 100 free prelims. Pontious posted a time of 53.68 to set her third school record of the meet, besting the previous record of 53.75 held by McDonough. In the finals, Pontious placed 16th with a time of 53.89

Arianna Rohde (So., Anchorage, Alaska) recorded the second fastest time in school history in the 200 back. Rohde reached the wall in a time of 2:10.05 to take 10th place.

Sophomore Jade Irick (So., Idaho Falls, Idaho) finished 11th in the 200 back with a mark of 2:12.39. Irick's time stands as the fourth fastest in school history.

CSU-Pueblo wrapped up the meet with a school record in the 400 free relay. The quartet of McDonough, Rohde, Pontious, and Taylor Wertz (Jr., Lamar, Colo.) took seventh place with a time of 3:43.29. This time stands nearly two seconds better than the previous school record set at the RMAC Championships a year ago.
In total the Pack set five new school records at the RMAC Championships. The ThunderWolves also posted 22 new top five marks in program history at the meet.

McDonough will have to wait and see if her B cut time in the 1000 free will be enough to send her to nationals. Diver Stefany Busch (Carlsbad, Calif.) officially became the first Pack Swimming & Diving student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA National Championships with an automatic qualifying score of 417.20 in the one-meter (11 dives), set 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.