March 1, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – From their performance at the Mountain West swimming and diving championships, the Rams have produced nine all-conference honors in individual events, among seven athletes, the MW announced this week.
Out of the pool and in the classroom, CSU has also been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Rams were given the Team Scholar All-American award for their mean grade-point average which was 3.04.
All-conference awards are given by the MW to the athletes who finished in the top eight in the individual events and the top three in relays.
Sophomore Yana Garvey received the first all-conference honors of her career for her performance in the 100 Backstroke. At the championships Garvey set her lifetime best at 55.47 seconds in the prelims and continued into the finals for an eighth-place finish at 55.69.
Senior Jennifer Lamb earned all-conference recognition in the 500 and 1650 Freestyle for the third year in a row. Lamb made her 2012 all-conference honors in the 500 free with a seventh-place finish. Lamb’s prelim time of 4:53.96 was just shy of the school record that she had already broken in November. Lamb rolled in another top-eight finish in the 1650 Free. Lamb placed seventh with a time of 16:42.21.
Sophomore Madeline Mastrup had the highest finish in her career at the championships with her first top-eight finish in the 1650 Freestyle. Mastrup finished fifth with a finals time of 16:42.98 which was just short of toppling Lamb’s school record of 16:42.21.
Senior Fran Mathias met her goal of placing in the 100 Butterfly at the championships Friday. Mathias had the highest finish of the night for the Rams, placing fifth in the finals after achieving her lifetime best in the prelims at 54.72.
Senior Kim Schemahorn took home her first all-conference honors from the championships for her performance in the 50 and 100 Freestyle. In the 50 Free, Schemahorn finished eighth at 23.25, having already earned her lifetime best in the prelims at 22.93. Schemahorn continued her success in the 100 Free, in which she finished fifth in the finals with a time of 50.34. In the prelims Schemahorn made the cut for the NCAA-B qualifiers with her lifetime-best time of 49.99.
A native of Linköpling, Sweden, freshman Tovè Törnström, with only six weeks of preparations in America, took all-conference honors for her first-place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Törnström’s victory was the Rams’ lone first-place finish of the championships. Törnström cut down her time from the prelims by over a second in the finals to finish at 1:58.08. With her time Törnström set a school record that was untouched since Kerry Gillespie's effort in 1980.
Senior Shayna Solomon took all-conference honors in the 1-meter springboards for the second year in a row. Solomon had been disappointed with her eighth-place finish and her score of 240.45 in the prelims, but she came back in a big way in the finals and scored 258.95 to earn seventh place.
Solomon has also earned a spot at NCAA diving zones for the 1- and 3-meter springboard events. Solomon will head to Colorado Springs for the diving zones with her teammate Madeline Mitchell March 9 and 10, when they have a shot to qualify for the NCAA championships.
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