Nov. 19, 2011
By Sarah Thomsen
Athletic Media Relations
HOUSTON, Texas – In the final day of the three-day Phill Hansel Cougar Classic Invite, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium, the Rams finished fifth out of 10 teams with points totaling 429 Saturday.
The Colorado State swim of the invitational was undoubtedly Jennifer Lamb in the 1650 Freestyle. Lamb, the current school-record holder in the 1650 Free, took the sole CSU win of the invite with a time of 16 minutes, 46.51 seconds. Lamb came back to swim in the 400 Freestyle Relay, the final event of the night, helping the Rams to an eighth-place finish. Lamb also stood out Thursday at the invite, setting a school record in the 500 free.
The Rams swam like they were at conference, knocking over their previous lifetime bests with no trouble.
Senior Kim Schemahorn, in the 100 Freestyle, took eighth with a finals time of 51.06, but cut her previous lifetime best down to 50.98 in the prelims.
In the 200 Breaststroke, Kelly Mathews earned her second lifetime best in as many days. Mathews placed 10th with a time of 2:19.60, erasing her earlier lifetime best of 2:21.44.
The 200 Butterfly was an impressive race for both Fran Mathias and Arianne Lujan. Mathias beat her lifetime best of 2:05.54 in the prelims with a time of 2:05.13, only to come back in the finals and beat her record again. Mathias finished fifth with a final time of 2:04.56. Lujan, following suit, beat her lifetime best in the prelims and again in the finals. Lujan came in 11th with a time of 2:06.06, trumping her previous lifetime best by over two seconds.
Madeline Mitchell had a strong performance in the platform diving event. Mitchell placed fourth with a score of 194.48. Mitchell was followed by freshman-teammate Mary Kate Hardy, who scored 144.20 and placed seventh.
“She did a good job,” diving coach Kevin Witt said. “This is the first time she’s been up on tower this year so she can do a little better. She’s not that far off from a NCAA qualifying score so that’s the level that we’ve set as a goal. She really would like to qualify and I’d really like to get her there."
The Rams have five dual meets before heading to Oklahoma City, Okla., for their conference championships. Four out of the five dual meets will be against conference opponents. Their next dual meet will be Jan. 20 against their in-state rival Northern Colorado. The Rams now look ahead to a break from competition through the holidays.
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