Nov. 10, 2011
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Rams (2-5, 0-1 Mountain West) struggled to find their speed against Northern Arizona (2-0, 1-0 Western Athletic) at their home meet Thursday at Moby Pool, and lost 134-109.
"I'm absolutely surprised with the outcome," Head Coach Woody Woodard said. "We had some events and some swimmers who just didn't show up."
Colorado State excelled in the sprint freestyles, but was not able to break into the top two in any of the distance-freestyle events where the Rams usually flourish.
"I think we've done a lot of power work especially in our weight room," Woodard said. "Distance swimmers seem to feel it a tad more than sprinters. But no excuses;they should have been a lot faster. They've been a lot faster at just about every other meet."
Senior Kim Schemahorn led the Rams' imposing performance in the sprint-freestyle events. Schemahorn was unbeatable, winning first in every event in which she participated. Inthe50 Freestyle, for the first CSU win of the meet, Schemahorn got to the wall in 24.03 seconds, her fastest time of the season. Schemahorn was followed by junior Shelley Perkins. Perkins had a season-best time of 24.83.
For another season best, Schemahorn placed first in the 100 Freestyle with a time of 52.53. Again in the 400 Freestyle Relay Schemahorn was determined not to lose. In the anchor position, Schemahorn pulled CSU ahead in a neck-and-neck race for the win with a time of 3:34.49.
"I was looking for hero swims," Woodard said, "and Kim was a hero. She swam phenomenal. She was very sharp in and out of her turns and she just raced with a lot of intensity."
Junior Kelly Mathews had the only other Ram win of the meet, in the 200 Breaststroke. Mathews left her competition dead in the water, out swimming her Lumberjack opponents by over four seconds with a time of 2:23.82. Mathews also was a part of the 400 Medley Relay, which placed second.
"Mathews looked great in wamups had a great relay," Woodard said. "In that 200 she really looked great. She showed a lot of toughness at the end."
In one week from Thursday, the Rams will be competing in their first day of the three-day Phill Hansel Cougar Classic Invitationalin Houston, Texas, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. While many teams elect to take their entire team, CSU will be travelling with only its top nine swimmers and three divers.
"I just want to see my top athletes essentially rise to the occasion," Woodard said. "There's going to be plenty of competition from SMU, Wyoming and Houston, so it's going to be a tough meet. It's not going to really be about team standings for us, since other schools are taking their whole teams, but it's more of a dress rehearsal for the athletes that probably will be going to the conference championships."