Swimming & diving recap: Rams finish fifth at second day of Cougar Classic Invite
Nov. 18, 2011
By Sarah Thomsen
HOUSTON, Texas – The Rams drop a position at the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic Invite at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium, Friday. CSU ends the night in fifth place with 294 points.
Coming off of their performance Thursday, where they broke a school record and ended the day in fourth place, the Rams had high expectations for Friday.
“I think it gave them a great kick,” Head Coach Chris Woodard said. “I think they were really fired up and I think it carried over today. They did show that they were human today, but I’m hoping that tomorrow they’ll focus on the task at hand and have some big swims.”
“Overall I’m really proud,” Woodard said. “I was really happy with our morning swims. Tonight there were a couple of hiccups. A couple of spots where we were a little flat. That was a little disappointing, but we’re trying to put that in perspective and look at the big picture. It’s really hard to be disappointed. They’re exceeding my expectations just a little bit. But there are always things to fix, like being a little flat the second day. We can’t afford to do that at conference.”
Junior Kelly Mathews had the swim of her collegiate career in the 100 Breaststroke. Mathews earned 14 points for the team, placing fifth with a swim of one minute, 3.22 seconds.
Jennifer Lamb cut over 10 seconds from her season best in the 400 IM for a fifth-place finish with a time of 4:26.87. Lamb was back in the pool for the 200 Freestyle where she placed seventh. She continued racking up points for CSU in the 800 Freestyle Relay. Lamb led off the relay, followed by teammates: Arianne Lujan, Tess Simpson and Mary Foster. The Rams scratched almost 20 second from their season-best relay and ended up in ninth place at 7:37.12.