The divers dominated boards today at the home meet against DU.
Oct. 22, 2011
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State came up short against in-state non-conference rival, Denver, today at Moby Pool at its first home meet of the season, 190-110.
The Rams did show their hard work is beginning to pay off. The athletes were able to shorten their individual-event times since their first meets of the season at the Intermountain Shootout against CMU, Utah and Northern Colorado.
"I'm always disappointed when we lose," Head Coach Woody Woodard said. "I always want to be in it, but I think the kids continue to show improvement and that was the big thing. They raced with a lot of heart and intensity. We're getting even better in our races. We're a little faster and being more aggressive."
The divers owned the boards, sweeping in the 3-meter event and taking first and second place in 1-meter springboards. Senior Shayna Solomon led the way taking first place in both events. Solomon blasted her previous personal bests in both the 3-meter event with a score of 283.50 and 285.38 for her 1-meter dives. Both of these scores were high enough to qualify her for the NCAA Zone competition. This is the first time that Solomon has qualified in the 3-meter event.
"Shayna did really well," diving coach Kevin Witt said. "I think she's a little more relaxed this year being a senior. She's really taken it on to be a leader to the other girls and help them out where she can. I'm real proud that she's taken on that role on her own. I didn't have to tell her to step up. If she keeps the right mindset and stays healthy she should do really well."
Sophomore Chealea Kelly arguably had the dive of her collegiate career on 1-meter springboards. In her very last dive, she perfected her technique and earned scores of eight from both coaches. With a huge grin on her face, Kelly scored 246.75 for her dives, earning her fourth place in the event and a personal best.
"That was the best dive of the whole meet out of anybody," Witt said.
In the pool, the Rams were neck and neck with the Pioneers, but found it hard to pull out first-place finishes.
"They're still a little tired to bring back their races," Woodard said. "We got touched out a couple of times and kind of eeked out those wins we had."
Junior Kelly Mathews and senior Kim Schemahorn took first place away from DU in their events. Mathews timed one minute, 5.43 seconds in the 100 Breaststroke and Schemahorn took first in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 24.14.
"The fashion in which they won their races surprised me," Woodard said. "They were both very aggressive early on. I wasn't anticipating that they would get after their races so quickly."
The Rams look ahead to two more weeks of practice before they head to California for their next dual meets against San Diego State and UC Davis at SDSU, Saturday, Nov. 5.
"It's a good opportunity for us to go against the best team in the conference and I'll get a chance to see what the girls can do with another two weeks of training," Woodard said.
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