Jan. 16, 2009
By Sarah Mast
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- CSU swimming and diving suffered its first loss of the team's three-meet homestand Friday night when the Rams fell to BYU, 149.5-93.5, in the team's second meet of the weekend at Moby Pool.
Despite the loss, the Rams recorded several times faster than in their previous meet against a difficult Utah team just 24 hours earlier.
Junior Kathleen McCleary, junior Carmen Gisella Cianci, senior Annsley Lujan and sophomore Michelle Price all bettered their times from the previous night, but the Rams only managed to place first in two events in the 13-event meet. CSU took first through third in the 200 Breaststroke, including a first-place showing by Lujan (2:24.52). Earlier, Price won the 200 Backstroke (2:03.29).
"We just struggled with winning," Head Coach John Mattos said. "In a dual meet all you have to do is take first place. If you keep taking first, there is no way the other team can beat you."
The Rams (7-4, 5-2) trailed the Cougars (3-0, 3-0) through the entire meet, after leading from start to finish against Utah Thursday. BYU currently sits in first place in the Mountain West Conference.
"This is a very good BYU team, and they have been good for a long time now," Mattos said. "They are relentless when it comes to their performance, and I can't be upset with our kids because they are racing really well."
BYU divers managed to take first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. CSU freshman Shayna Solomon and junior Nicole Kelley both recorded NCAA zone qualifying scores in the 1-meter competition. Kelley also earned a zone qualifying score Thursday vs. Utah.
The Rams wrap up their three-meet homestand on Saturday at noon MST at Moby Pool against New Mexico State. The meet will be held in a 15-event format.
New Mexico State boasts talented breaststrokers, which Mattos said may be a challenge for the CSU breaststrokers who managed to sweep the 200 event against BYU.
"We still have to swim up," Mattos said. "If we swim up to a higher level like we have the last two nights, we will do well. It's just a matter of us not giving an inch."
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