Feb. 24, 2012
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—The Rams fell from their two-day hold on sixth place to seventh on Friday at the Mountain West championships at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center.
“It’s disappointing to be in seventh,” Head Coach Chris Woodard said, “but sixth and fifth place are still in play. It’s not over yet.”
Determination resonated throughout the Rams. Senior Fran Mathias had the highest-placing CSU finish of the night in the 100 Butterfly. In the finals, Mathias finished sixth with a time of 54.98 having already set a lifetime best in the prelims at 54.72. Mathias was followed into scoring position by Kim Schemahorn and Tovè Törnström who finished 13th and 14th respectively. With her performance in the prelims of 54.93, Schemahorn also added a lifetime best to her record.
CSU continued to impress in the 100 Breaststroke with all four athletes finishing in scoring position. Kelly Mathews came in the top CSU spot with her ninth-place performance, Arianne Lujan followed in 11th place, Tara DeMuth took 12th and Tess Simpson finished in 16th. Mathews, Lujan and DeMuth cut down their time from the prelims to set lifetime bests in the finals.
“Those were outstanding swims for us in the 100 Butterfly and Breaststroke,” Woodard said. “Kelly was a little disappointed from her performance in the prelims, but she came back and showed her stuff. And Tara absolutely killed it. She’s pretty impressive for a walk on. She has had about a five second drop since last spring which is amazing. That doesn’t generally happen at this point in someone’s career.”
Sophomore Yana Garvey set a lifetime best in the 100 Backstroke in the prelims and finished 8th in the finals. Jennifer Lamb set another lifetime best and confirmed her consistency, finishing 11th in the 200 Freestyle finals after shaving time off her prelim time.
Boise State (4-1 overall, 2-0 MW) regained the lead for the championships from San Diego State (16-0 overall, 4-0 MW) and finished the night with 506 points followed closely by SDSU with 503 points.
On Saturday the championships will conclude with the 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 1650 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle Relay and Platform diving. Preliminary competition will begin at 10 a.m. MT and the finals will be held at 5 p.m. MT.
“There are 15 scoring swims so our hope is to try to try to get eight to 10 final swims,” Woodard said. “Hopefully we get more points and have top times, and we’ll see if that can garner a sixth to fifth place.”
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