Pack Swimming & Diving seeks historic finish at RMAC Championships

Pack Swimming & Diving seeks historic finish at RMAC Championships

PUEBLO, Colo. (February 12, 2018) Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving will travel to Lewisville, Texas for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday Feb. 14 – Saturday Feb. 17.

The Pack will try to improve on their sixth place finish at the RMAC Championships in each of the last two seasons.  CSU-Pueblo scored a program-best 266 points last season. They will also hope to post some times and that could qualify for nationals.

Last season, the Pack set six school records at the RMAC Championships. Phoebe Pontious (So., Caledonia, Mich.) achieved two of the school records. Pontious set a Pack record in the 50 free when she sprinted to the wall in a time of 24.80. She also posted a school record of 53.68 in the 100 free.

Pontious has four event wins in 2017-18, most on the Pack. This season, she matched her school record in the 50 Free at the CMU Invite.

Arianna Rohde (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) leads Pack swimmers with 12 top 5 finishes and eight top 3 finishes. Rohde holds school records in every distance in the backstroke, including a record time of 59.19 in the 100 back set at the CMU Invite this season. The junior has recorded the Pack's best finish at every meet in 2018.

Kortney Spencer (So., Pueblo, Colo.) looks to become the second Pack diver to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. Spencer has three wins this season.

Jade Irick (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) will look for her first top 10 finish at the RMAC Championships. Irick finished 11th in the 200 back last year with a time of 2:12.39. She scored seven individual points for the Pack at that meet.

Four newcomers will make their first appearance at the RMAC Championships. Among these four Pack freshmen is Kate Miller (Draper, Utah) who took second in the 100 breast at New Mexico State University with a time of 1:13.33. Shion Ienaga (Fr., Phoenix, Ariz.) will look to make her mark in the distance events. Olivia Cauley (So., Pueblo, Colo.) will try to improve her times in the short distance freestyle events, while Bristyn Croswhite (Tempe, Ariz.) will help the Pack in a number of strokes and also compete in several relays.

Deanna Harrison (R-Jr., Orlando, Fla.) and Leila Zijadic (R-Jr., North Vancouver, B.C.) will both make their returns to the RMAC Championships after missing the 2016-17 season. Harrison and Zijadic will both look to score their first individual points at an RMAC Championships.

Seniors Abbey Cira (Pueblo, Colo.) and Taylor Wertz (Lamar, Colo.) will both look to end their careers on a high note. Wertz had top 20 finishes the 200 fly each of the last two seasons.

Hannah Plummer (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) and Tracey Williams (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) will compete in the distance events for the Pack. Plummer had a big meet against the Aggies in early January, scoring six individual points.

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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.