Oct. 25, 2008
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Colorado State swimming and diving team picked up three key victories on Saturday - defeating San Diego State (170.5-129.5), Air Force (231-69) and New Mexico (197-103) – to improve to 4-0 in Mountain West Conference dual meets to start the season.
The Rams remained focused after picking up a big victory over the second-ranked team in the MWC preseason coaches’ poll at UNLV on Friday afternoon.
“We were able to come into both meets and in less than 48 hours and come away with some important wins,” said Head Coach John Mattos. “We went against three teams today and a tough UNLV team yesterday and I'm very proud of the girls for the way they handled themselves.”
The CSU victories were spurred on by Rams victories in seven of the 16 events in the four-team meet. The Rams set the tone early with a victory by the “A” relay team in the 200 Medley Relay. The Rams lineup of freshman Breann Fuller, sophomore Nicole Lynch, junior Nora Kennedy and sophomore Sam Dole won in a time of 1:47.33 to hold off the Aztecs by just eight-tenths of second.
Dole and Fuller, in addition to individual victories in the 50 Free (24.40) and 100 Back (57.69), respectively, also helped the Rams close the meet on a high note as part of the 400 Free Relay (3:33.00) along with junior Carmen Gisella Cianci and sophomore Emily Molzahn.
Juniors Kathleen McCleary and Jennifer Muniz, and sophomore Michelle Price also picked up important individual victories for the Rams.
McCleary blew away the competition in the 1,000 Freestyle, taking home a nine-second victory after posting a time of 10:20.85. Muniz captured top honors in the 200 IM (2:08.53) and Price won the 200 Backstroke with a time of 2:04.43, a half second better than Fuller.
The Rams will look to carry this momentum in to their next meet, when they head to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on TCU, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. MT.
“We have a lot of good things happening,” added Mattos, “and we have a lot of confidence because they work hard together. We just want to keep it rolling right now.”