Feb. 26, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three members of the Colorado State swimming & diving program earned 2013-14 Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Mountain West team honors. Selections were awarded to the top eight finishers in individual events and the top three relay teams at last week’s Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
Sophomore swimmer Jessica Shepard earned recognition for her fifth-place finish in the 100 Backstroke, while divers Ariana Milone (fifth) and Melissa Bollig (eighth) were honored in 1-Meter diving.
“Jess, Ari and Melissa are exactly the type of athletes that we love to coach,” Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. “They’re quiet, tough and results driven. They each had a hand in our success this season.”
Shepard, a native of Dripping Springs, Texas, recorded a season-best time of 55.17 in the 100 Backstroke at the Championships, earning a fifth-place tie and 13.5 points for the Rams. After swimming a 55.19 during the day’s preliminary round, she shaved off two-hundredths of a second during the night’s final to move up two spots.
The sophomore was a two-time Mountain West Women’s Swimmer of the Week award-winner throughout the season, and finished as CSU’s top performer this season in the 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke and 200 IM.
Milone earned her second-career All-MW selection, also being recognized last year as a true freshman by placing sixth in 3-Meter diving. The sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, finished fifth on the 1-Meter springboards last week, earning 14 points with a score of 277.14. The final score was more than three points higher than in the preliminary round, and was the fourth-highest score of the season by a CSU diver.
Milone earned two Mountain West Women’s Diver of the Week honors this year, and ranks first on the team on the 1-Meter boards and second in 3-Meter diving.
Bollig scored 11 points on the 1-Meter springboards to earn an eighth-place finish (256.11). The junior transfer from New Mexico became eligible midway through the season and immediately made an impact, becoming the Rams’ second-highest-scoring diver on the 1-Meter boards, and third-highest on the 3-Meter. Bollig is originally from Franktown, Colo.
Milone, Bollig and diving teammates Paige Greely and Mary Kate Hardy will continue their season next month at NCAA Diving Zones (March 13-15), in Colorado Springs, Colo. The quartet qualified by reaching specific score standards during meets throughout the season.
As a team, the Rams finished the dual-meet season with a 6-5 record, their best in four years. CSU will graduate just four of its 30 student-athletes from this season.
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