Feb. 25, 2009
By Sarah Mast
Athletic Media Relations
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- CSU swimming and diving was led by strong relay teams, earning school records in two relay events during the team's first day at the Mountain West Conference championships at the Oklahoma City Aquatic Center.
The Rams finished in seventh place overall with 66 points Wednesday, only nine points behind BYU and Utah, who are currently tied for second.
Wyoming leads the competition after the first day with 109 points, followed by BYU (75) and Utah (75).
"We had a great day," said Head Coach John Mattos. "We are in great position. We couldn't have done a heck of a lot better than we did. We had a great start."
CSU placed third overall in the 200 Medley relay with a school-record time of 1 minute, 41.85 seconds. The relay, consisting of Breann Fuller, Nicole Lynch, Nora Kennedy and Sam Dole, broke the 1994 mark (1:42.76) set by four All-Americans, Kristin Elliot, Marsha Landowski, Carol McDaniel and six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken.
The Rams then took fourth in the 800 Freestyle relay with a school-record time of 7:22.73. In that event, Jennifer Muniz, Charlie Swearingen, Michelle Price and Carmen Gisella Cianci, erased the previous CSU mark (7:22.80) established in 2004 by Kristen Schneider, Elizabeth Jones, Katie Peck and Paula Langer.
"That just sends a great message to the rest of the kids," Mattos said. "Every swimmer, outside of one athlete, had a lifetime best split in every relay. The kids are really feeling confident, and they're feeling good."
Fuller, a freshman, got the Rams off to an impressive start in that 200 Medley relay, nearly a body length ahead of the field.
CSU diving was also in action during Day 1, competing in the 3-meter diving event.
Freshman Shayna Solomon put the Rams off to a good start, finishing in the top 10 in the 3-meter preliminaries with a score of 245.90. Solomon was then able to gain points for the Rams with a score of 244.50 in the consolation final.
"Our divers just didn't connect today," Mattos said. "Shayna did well, and she just barely missed getting into the final. But you just can't do much better on the swim side. We are very pleased with our results."
The Rams will open Day 2 of the competition Thursday with the preliminaries for 1-meter diving, as well as the 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley and 50 Freestyle. The day will conclude with the finals of those events as well as the 200 Freestyle relay.
"We just need to get some kids in the finals," Mattos said. "We don't have a lot of kids swimming tomorrow, but we end with the 200 Freestyle relay, and that could be a good relay for us. We're just going to hope that we can get into the finals in all the events tomorrow. That will be key for us."
Live stats will be available online by visiting http://themwc.cstv.com/livestats/c-swim/results/index.htm.