Sophomore Ariana Milone earned a fifth-place finish in 1-Meter diving.
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Rams opened Day 1 of the four-day Mountain West Championships with big scores on the boards, finishing the day in sixth place with 64 total points and just one point away from tying New Mexico and Wyoming for fourth.
Ariana Milone, Melissa Bollig and Mary Kate Hardy opened the Championships in the 1-Meter diving prelims with resounding performances. All three athletes advanced and finished in the top 10. Hardy finished 10th, competing in the consolation round, while Milone and Bollig placed fifth and eighth, respectively. CSU was one of only two schools to have multiple athletes in the finals.
“We did a good job,” head diving coach Kevin Witt said. “We had a few people do really well, and we were really close with a couple others. It was great for our whole team to have all three of those girls finish as high as they did.”
Milone outperformed her 2013 Championships score (265.98) by five positions, landing in fifth in the finals with a score of 277.14. Bollig came just behind her teammate in eighth, with a score of 256.11.
After ranking 14th in the prelims, Hardy improved her score by more than 30 points to earn a 10th-place finish (267.30).
In the pool the Rams were met by daunting speeds. The night swims opened with the 200 Medley Relay. Although the team of Jessica Shepard, Cristina Bassani, Tess Simpson and Katie Polich finished at 1:41.85 — a hair away from breaking the school record of 1:41.17 — it was only enough to place the Rams in ninth place.
The 800 Freestyle Relay, the final event of the night, also proved to be a challenge for CSU. Simpson, Karin Roh, Teagan Griffith and Elizabeth Prasse finished at 7:29.76, by far the fastest time of the season, but placed 10th.
Thursday will pose an even steeper challenge for the Rams with five events, including the first individual swimming events of the Championships. The team will compete in the 200 Freestyle Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 IM, 50 Freestyle and 3-Meter diving.
For every event – both prelims and finals – live streaming will be available, free of charge, through the Mountain West Network. Additional information – including heat sheets, records, highlight video and more – can be found through the Mountain West Championships Central.
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