Pack Swimming & Diving faces Western State in home/season opener

Pack Swimming & Diving faces Western State in home/season opener

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 12, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving will get their feet wet in their first competition of the 2017-18 season Friday at 5 p.m. when they face Western State Colorado University at home in the Sam Jones Aquatic Center.

Friday's meet will open the fourth season of competition for the Pack. All four seasons have started with a home meet against the Mountaineers. The Pack will look to upset the Mountaineers for the first time in program history. Western State won last year's meet in Pueblo 144-74.

Phoebe Pontious (So., Caledonia, Mich.) will look to build on her incredible freshman season. Pontious set school records in both the 50 free (24.80), 50 fly (27.34), and the 100 free (53.68). As a freshman, Pontious posted nine times that rank in the Pack's top five program records.

Juniors Jade Irick (Idaho Falls, Idaho) and Arianna Rohde (Anchorage, Alaska) have put together two strong season for the Pack. Irick won two events and totaled 14 top three finishes in 2016-17.

Rohde earned eight first place finishes. She finished 10th in the 200 back at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships.  Rohde holds two school records in the 50 back (27.30) and the 200 back (2:08.98). She is responsible for 11 top five times in program history.

Five newcomers  will enter the fold and are expected to make an immediate impact. Among them are former Arizona All-State selection Bristyn Croswhite (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.) ,  Oklahoma State Champion Sarah Fowler (Fr., Guymon, Okla.) Arizona team champion, Shion Ienaga (Phoenix, Ariz.), multi-time regional champion, Kate Miller (Fr., Draper, Utah) and Pueblo's own sprint specialist Olivia Cauley.

Kortney Spencer (So., Pueblo, Colo.) will be the Pack's only diver entering the season. Spencer placed in the top three in three events during her freshman season.

With two wins in each of the past two seasons, the Pack will look to set a program record for wins in 2017-18. They will open their season with a RMAC meet. The ThunderWolves were projected to place seventh in the RMAC.

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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.