The Rams finished fourth at Day 1 of the Tennessee Invitational, but have some of their top events up ahead
Nov. 15, 2012
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Colorado State swimming & diving team finished Day 1 of the three-day Tennessee Invitational in fourth place (176 points) behind Tennessee (427), Duke (228) and Kentucky (193).
The Rams saw large improvements at the invitational from previous showings this season, and look to be in a good spot in the final two days of competition. With few exceptions, Rams quickened their earlier-season bests across the board.
"I think the improvement came less from the technical side and more from the mental side," Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. "I saw people try to push themselves and step up to the challenges that were presented to them."
Each of the athletes in the 500 Freestyle outperformed their previous times of the season by several seconds in the prelims, only to drop more time in the finals. Junior Madeline Mastrup had the largest time drop.
Mastrup previously held a season best at 5:17.68. In the prelims she sped to 5:12.46. During the finals, Mastrup cut her time by over an outstanding 12 seconds, to 4:58.94, for a lifetime best. The junior finished ninth, earning nine points for the team, and was followed by Mary Foster in 11th.
The Rams racked in a large amount of their points in the relays. Breann Fuller`s leg of the 400 Medley Relay was one of the fastest of her career. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, the Rams came in fourth with a season-best time by more than five seconds (1.34.94).
"There were some up and downs, but definitely some championship swims," Woodard said.
The Rams are primed for a day to rake in the points with some of their stronger events being conducted Friday. CSU will participate in the 200 Medley Relay, 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke and 1-meter diving.
"I expect them to keep doing what they're doing and not let up in any way," Woodard said.
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