Jan. 21, 2012
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By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - With a fight for first place that came down to the final event, Colorado State rallied in its final relay against New Mexico and won a key conference meet, 156-141, Saturday at Moby Pool.
Jennifer Lamb brought the score up to 143-137, in favor of the Rams (4-5, 1-1 Mountain West), after she took a close first place in the 400 IM. Finishing at 4:40.51, Lamb's time was only 21 hundredths of a second faster than her opponent from New Mexico, which fell to 2-3 (1-3 MW).
"J-Lamb was big in that 400 IM," Head Coach Chris Woodard said. "That helped us a great deal because it was neck and neck at that point, so that touch out really put us in a good position."
Following Lamb, Tess Simpson, Lydia Templin, Shelley Perkins and Kim Schemahorn, in the 200 Free Relay, made it to the wall with a time of one minute, 7.06 seconds. The Lobos were only a third of a second away from taking the win from the Rams when they tapped in with a time of 1:37.37. This relay finish clinched the win for CSU.
Schemahorn dominated the pool all weekend. Friday against Northern Colorado she took two individual first-place finishes in the 200 IM and the 100 Freestyle, and also helped win the 200 Medley Relay. If Schemahorn was tired, she did not show it. Saturday, she won every event in which she participated. Schemahorn shined in the anchor position in both of the first-place teams in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay. In individual events, she placed first in both the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 24.34 and 53.16, respectively.
"Kim across the board had great races in her relays and her individuals," Woodard said. "That was pretty huge for us."
Coming back from the winter break and concentrated training, the Rams faced back-to-back dual meets Friday and Saturday. Although they took home a win Friday, their dual meet against UNC showed their fatigue. So the Rams were hoping to see more improvement Saturday compared to Friday.
"I think we made a lot less technical errors," Woodard said, "and I think we were a lot more aggressive in the front part of our swims. Those were definitely two things I wanted to see."
The Rams now have one week to cool off before they face conference-rival Boise State Saturday in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos are currently ranked third in the Mountain West with a record of 7-2.
"I'm hoping that we start reaping the rewards of the training that we did over our training camp," Woodard said. "It usually takes about a week to re-acclimate. I know they're feeling sore and tired right now, so I'm hoping that next week they start to feel a little bit better with their training and if that happens, I think they'll feel confident going up against Boise."