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Swimming & diving recap: Rams open Las Vegas Invite with season-best times

Ariana Milone took eighth in the 3-meter diving event at the Missouri Tiger Invitational Thursday.

Ariana Milone took eighth in the 3-meter diving event at the Missouri Tiger Invitational Thursday.

Nov. 21, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Colorado State Rams opened the three-day Las Vegas Invite in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday with their fastest times of the season. Up against some of the toughest teams in the nation, the Rams held their own and moved into the finals in every event.

Senior Madeline Mastrup started the day with her strongest performance of the season in the 500 Freestyle. Dropping nearly 20 seconds from her previous season best of 5:19.13 to 5:00.27, Mastrup finished 17th in the prelims and improved her score in the finals to 15th.

Jessica Shepard left her mark on the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.33 in the prelims, also a season best. Shepard had the Rams' highest individual finish, at 14th in the finals.

Katie Polich, Karin Roh and Tess Simpson finished neck and neck with each other in the 50 Freestyle, going 28th, 29th and 30th, respectively. Each athlete dropped time from their previous season bests.

The relays also brought strong performances from the Rams. The team of Simpson, Polich, Teagan Griffith and Roh opened the night swims with their fastest 200 Freestyle Relay of the season, at 1:36.05, finishing 13th. To close the night in the 400 Medley Relay, Shepard, Cristina Bassani, Simpson and Roh finished 10th, with a season-best time of 3:48.20.

Competing in the Missouri Tiger Invitational, in Columbia, Mo., the divers were led by an eighth-place finish by Ariana Milone in the 3-meter springboards. She scored 275.45 after a prelim score of 270.35.

“All the girls did well,” head diving coach Kevin Witt said. “Ariana did really well considering the amount of schools that are here. It wasn’t her best, but she dove well and did her best to get in scoring position.”

Tomorrow will bring the 1-meter diving event at the Missouri Tiger Invitational. The swimmers will face a full day with the 400 IM, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay and 800 Freestyle relay. Live diving results can be found here and swimming results can be tracked here.




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