Jan. 25, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Colorado State swimming & diving team put up a solid effort against its Border War rival on Saturday, but fell short at Wyoming, 188-105.
“It was a very tough loss,” Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. “There were some bright spots, but overall it’s an experience we’ll have to learn from.”
Sophomore Paige Greely had the team's best performance of the day, scoring 304.58 in 3-Meter diving. Her score tied teammate Ariana Milone’s top score of the season, and was the fourth-best score in CSU history.
“Paige had a fantastic score today,” Woodard said. “It was really a breakout performance for her, but I think across the board all the divers did great in both the 3- and 1-Meter events.”
Junior transfer Melissa Bollig was another tough competitor on the boards, earning second in the 1-Meter event with a personal-best score of 276.45, the second-highest performance of the season for the Rams.
In the pool the Rams came out fighting in the first event of the day, gaining a first-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay. The relay team of Jessica Shepard, Cristina Bassani, Tess Simpson and Katie Polich were just short of toppling the fastest time of the season, at 1:45.49.
Just off a Mountain West Swimmer of the Week honor, Shepard continued her speed into the 200 Butterfly. The sophomore earned second with a time of 2:12.24. The 200 Backstroke added to her success with a third-place finish at 2:10.26. Senior Yana Garvey also had a solid swim in the 200 Backstroke, earning second with a time of 2:05.23.
Despite the loss, CSU (5-4) still has the opportunity to earn a winning dual-meet record on the year, and the program's best mark since 2009-10.
CSU will have a busy upcoming week, as the diving team will compete at the Air Force Diving Invitational (Friday-Saturday), while the swimmers will compete in two dual meets (Friday at Northern Colorado and Saturday at home vs. Air Force).
Admission to Saturday's meet is free, and will be an Orange Out, with free T-shirts given away to the first 100 students.
“I think we’ve got to put this meet in our rear-view mirror as fast as we can and focus on our preps for the next two weeks and conference,” Woodard said.
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