Jan. 20, 2012
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
GREELEY, Colo. – The Rams walked into the meet at the Butler-Hancock Pool against Northern Colorado Friday night and brought back a win. Locking the Bears (1-5, 0-1 Big Sky Conference) out of first-place finishes in 13 of the 16 events, CSU (3-5, 0-1 Mountain West) took home a victory, 187-111. This win comes just in time for CSU to take on its conference rival, New Mexico, at home in Moby Pool at noon Saturday. Admission is free to the public.
Coming back from a two-month break from competition swimming, the Rams had a hard time finding the technical proficiency with which they usually swim.
“We needed to shake the rust off,” Head Coach Chris Woodard said. “We looked like we haven’t swum in two months. We made some mistakes. They’re definitely fatigued with the work we’ve done at the Olympic Training Center. So that was a little disappointing and some of it we have to work on for tomorrow.”
With back-to-back meets the Rams have an opportunity to polish up their technique against New Mexico Saturday.
“I always equate it to going snowboarding,” Woodard said. “The first day of snowboarding I fell a lot, but the second day, no matter how sore I was, I always was technically better. It’s always hard to say with a quick turnaround, but sometimes 12 hours can make all the difference and people can come back from just so-so swims to have some really great ones and they definitely need to against New Mexico.”
However the night was not without its triumphs.
Starting off with a first and second-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, CSU took the lead from the beginning and did not let up for the rest of the meet. Yana Garvey, Kelly Mathews, Arianne Lujan and Kim Schemahorn led the team off with their first-place time in the 200 Medley Relay of one minute, 48.0 seconds and continued to rack up points for CSU throughout the rest of the meet.
Garvey, a sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colo., dominated the backstroke events, taking first in both the 100 and 200. Garvey left her opponents in her wake, placing first by over three seconds in both events.
“I think she’s starting to mature,” Woodard said. “I think she’s delivered no matter what I’ve done during the season and that goes for training and for racing.”
Senior Kim Schemahorn proved her technical talent and took first in the 200 IM, even though it is not one of her major events.
“She’s been asking me since the beginning of the year to swim it and it’s not one of her three-main events. She’s really technically proficient and really strong so sometimes she has a hard time training certain events, but I know she can always get up and race them. So I was pretty pleased.”
The Rams added a “W” to their record and are now closing in on their goal of achieving at least a .500 record for the dual-meet season.
“It’s one step closer,” Woodard said. “Now we’ve got one under our belt, but we have a ways to go.”