Jan. 26, 2013
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State fell behind early Saturday afternoon and never recovered, dropping a dual-meet contest to Boise State, 171-72, at Moby Pool. The Broncos (7-2) are the defending Mountain West champions and are poised to defend their title next month at the MW Championships.
“Our focus today was more about getting out in the races, being more aggressive and hitting our turns, which is really important coming to the close of our season,” assistant coach Kelley McCallum said.
Although the Rams (0-7) did not come away with a win in the 11 events that took place at Moby Pool, the team showed marked improvement from their most recent dual meet against Northern Arizona.
“We swam a lot better than we did at NAU a week ago,” McCallum said. “We had a home-field advantage against a really hard team. We started really well with Mary [Foster] and Maddie [Mastrup] in the 1000 [Freestyle].”
The 1000 Freestyle set the tone of high-intensity swims for the meet with Foster (10:44.18) finishing second, just ahead of Mastrup (10:45.71). Foster’s time ranked in CSU’s top five for the season.
CSU swam consistently fast in the relays, as well. Led by senior Breann Fuller, the Rams came in second place in the 200 Medley Relay and finished the meet strong in the 200 Free Relay, again claiming second place.
Arianne Lujan and Tess Simpson placed second in their respective events of the 200 IM and the 100 Freestyle with solid swims.
“There were a couple hiccups along the way, but I think we were mentally tough,” McCallum said. “We’re a really good team when it comes to taper time, but we’re still just learning how to race fast in season. We saw some positives today, but by the end of the season we’ll be there for sure.”
The diving team competed separately from the swimmers at the two-day Air Force Diving Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. While 15 teams competed, the Rams’ and Broncos’ results were recorded with the dual meet.
Ariana Milone earned the top score in the 3-meter boards with 271.80 points. Milone, a freshman, also earned third place in the 1-meter jumps. Her score of 246.25 was the highest among Rams divers.
“Our divers performed really well,” diving coach Kevin Witt said. “A lot of good came out of the weekend.”
Five different Rams earned points, including Paige Greely (third place in the 3-meter boards), Chelea Kelly (fourth place in the 3-meter), Mary Kate Hardy (fourth place in the 1-meter) and Madeline Mitchell (fifth place in the 1-meter boards)
The Rams will continue their busy week with another home meet on Wednesday against Northern Colorado (5 p.m. MT). The team will be celebrating its 10 graduating seniors prior to the meet. Admission is free.
“I’m sure it will be an emotional meet,” McCallum said. “We have some good seniors going out, so we’re going to give them the best for their last home meet as Rams before we send them off to the Championships.”