By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
GRAND JUNTION, Colo. – The CSU swimming and diving team broke in the 2011-12 season today with its first day of competition at Mesa State’s Intermountain Shootout invitational.
The pool was alive with rivalry and competitive energy at the El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction. This was also the first meet of the season for the Rams’ competition: Mesa State, Utah, Northern Colorado and Brigham Young.
“Over all I was pleased,” Head Coach Woody Woodard said. “They swam pretty well. We had people in the top five of every event. So it was a good first session.”
The Rams stole the show, sweeping first, second and third in the 1,650 Freestyle. Senior Jennifer Lamb
led the sweep with a time of 17 minutes, 44.41 seconds. Sophomore Madeline Mastrup
(17:53.53) and junior Mary Foster
(18:01.74) came in second and third, respectively.
CSU also showed off its talent in the 100 Breaststroke. Junior Kelly Mathews
, with a time of 1:07.10, took second, junior Arianne Lujan
came in third at 1:07.13 and freshman Tess Simpson
swam into fourth place with a time of 1:08.40.
“We were pretty solid in the 100 breast,” Woodard said. “All the girls were a bit faster than last week in practice. They showed tempo and good technique in their races.”
Senior Shayna Solomon
proved her consistency as one of the top divers with a first-place finish in 3-meter event. Solomon took the victory with a score of 248.30.
“Shayna did pretty well,” diving coach Kevin Witt
said. “She started off really well. I think she was way ahead the first four rounds. The last couple of dives weren’t as good as she can do, but she held on and got the win.”
This meet marked the first action at the collegiate level for freshmen: Mary Kate Hardy
, Michelle Hawkins
, Allison Morales
, Katie Polich
, Tess Simpson
and Gabby Smith
“The freshmen didn’t back down,” Woodard said. “A couple of them showed me some real raceablility. Polich and Simpson in particular did really well.”
The Intermountain Shootout will continue 10 a.m. MT tomorrow. The rams will be taking on the 100 and 500 Freestyle, the 200 and 800 Freestyle relay, the 100 and 200 Butterfly, the 50 and 200 Breaststroke, the 100 and 200 Backstroke, the 200 IM and 1-meter diving.
“We’ll see how tomorrow goes,” Woodard said. “I’m eager to see 200 strokes and see if work we’ve put in will pay off.”