Nov. 3, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—The Colorado State women’s swimming & diving program struggled on Friday, and while it saw improvement during Day 2 of the Albuquerque Invitational on Saturday, the Rams still struggled, finishing fourth in the four-team competition.
“There were some people who came back today, but we’re not where we need to be,” Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. “The main thing right now is trying to put this weekend behind us, realize we have to put in the work and be ready for Tennessee in two weeks.”
CSU fell to San Diego State, 143-179, New Mexico State, 151-5-182.5 and host New Mexico, 139-194.
Senior Breann Fuller was CSU’s lone competition winner on the weekend, taking first place in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 2:03.55. Fuller also took second in the 100 Backstroke and third in the 50 Freestyle.
“She’s fighting off a cold and her shoulder is hurting her a little bit,” Woodard said. “It wasn’t her best performance, but again, she stepped up and she leads by example.”
On the boards, CSU competed well, but could have used freshman star Ariana Milone, who did not compete because of a hand injury she suffered while warming up last weekend.
In the 1-meter jumps, sophomore Mary Kate Hardy took fifth with a score of 251.45, while Maxelise Thorn, also a sophomore, placed sixth. Paige Greely and Chelea Kelly were sixth and ninth, respectively, out of 13 divers. From the 3-meter board, Thorn and Hardy were again among the best, finishing fifth and sixth. Greely competed well, placing seventh.
While Woodard was disappointed in his team’s performance, he did see some encouragement by what he saw in some of his younger players.
“There’s a big learning curve your first year of college,” Woodard said, “but we have some girls who are adjusting to that well, girls who are swimming fast and competing well. I was happy with them, specifically Bailey (Williamson), Erica (Stock) and Jessica (Shepard).
Shepard finished third in the 100 Backstroke (58.30), Williamson was third in the 200 Butterfly (2:12.90) and Stock placed fourth in the 200 Breaststroke (2:26.35).
Additionally, senior Kelly Mathews finished second in the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.23) and third in the 200 Breaststroke (2:24.84)
After three competitions in three weeks, the Rams will get a chance to catch their breath. CSU’s next competition will take place in two weeks, as the Rams travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in an invitational against the Volunteers, Duke and Kentucky.
“A week without having to prepare for competition will give the girls a little bit of time to catch their breath and figure out exactly what we need to do moving forward,” Woodard said.