Jan. 31, 2014
Greeley, Colo. – The Colorado State Rams opened the weekend Friday night with a solid win over Northern Colorado. The victory guarantees CSU (6-4) a winning record on the season for the first time since 2009-10.
In all, CSU won 13 of 16 events, giving the Rams a 186-114 advantage over the Bears. The divers, which competed in Day 1 of the Air Force Diving Invitational on Friday, swept the scoring in 1-Meter diving, and will compete on the 3-Meter boards Saturday. Scores will be added to Friday's point total.
In the pool, the swimmers were able to fight exhaustion and pull out strong performances from numerous athletes. Freshman Megan Lloyd's time in the 200 Breaststroke was one of the highlights of the evening, as she swam a 2:21.78 to claim first place.
“Everyone is really tired at this point in the season, and it’s really hard to come up with near-season bests unrested,” Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. “Meg did an especially great job.”
Gabby Morley and Teagan Griffith also had standout nights. Both freshmen earned their first-collegiate victories. Morley took first in the 500 Freestyle at 5:14.61, while Griffith got to the wall at 1:58.08 in the 200 Freestyle.
“They both stepped in for some of our usual heavy hitters and did a really great job,” Woodard said.
Also winning individual events for the Rams were Jessica Shepard, Katie Polich, Karin Roh, Yana Garvey and Tess Simpson.
On the boards, CSU earned points from Ariana Milone (274.35), Mary Katy Hardy (260.80) and Paige Greeley, who swept 1-Meter. Milone nad Hardy placed sixth and 12th, respectively, among 55 divers from 16 teams. The divers will continue competition Saturday with the 3-Meter springboards. Scores from both days will be added to dual-meet scores vs. Northern Colorado and Air Force (Saturday, noon).
Saturday's home meet will be an Orange Out, with the first 140 fans in attendance receiving a free T-shirt. Admission is free.
“I expect tomorrow my team will do what needs to be done," Woodard said of the quick turnaround. "Tonight they will rest and recover and come in tomorrow with a great attitude to hopefully a large crowd, and they’ll get the job done."