Swimming & diving recap: Rams cap off competition season with win against Air Force

Feb. 2, 2013

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In the final head-to-head competition of the season, the Rams didn’t back down to Air Force, Saturday at The Cadet Natatorium. CSU came away with a close win against their conference rival, 157-143.

“We had a great team effort,” Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. “We definitely let some opportunities slip through our fingers, so it was a little closer than I’d like to see, but it was a really great effort and that’s what it took to come out with a win." 

CSU’s obvious strengths were clear in the backstroke events. Breann Fuller led the backstroke team to sweep the top three spots in the 100 Backstroke along with Jessica Shepard and Michelle Hawkins. Again in the 200 Back, Fuller and Shepard took first and second. With the leadership of school-record holder Fuller, CSU can be confident in its backstrokers heading into the conference Championships.  

The divers were also unbeatable on the 1- and 3-meter boards. The top four spots were claimed by CSU with two athletes setting top times of the season. In first place, Maxelise Thorn set the fourth-highest scoring dive of the season on 3-meter boards with 271.72 points. Mary Kate Hardy scored just below Thorn with 270.90 points for second place and the fifth-highest score of the season.

The Rams again took the top four positions in the 1-meter diving event, this time led by Paige Greely in first place. The freshman dominated the event with the highest score of the season—which had gone untouched since October 2012--at 278.33.

Senior Arianne Lujan continues to be one of CSU’s most reliable athletes. After helping rein in first in the 200 Medley Relay, Lujan took two more firsts in the 100 and 200 Butterfly.

This win comes as the punctuation to CSU’s fullest two weeks of competition this season. The Rams will now turn their attention to recovering before the Mountain West Championships, Feb. 20-23 in San Antonio, Texas.

“We plan rest--a lot a lot of rest. With four meets in the span of fourteen days, the fatigue has definitely started to pile up, so we need rest. Hopefully that rest will bring along some speed and then we’ll just hammer out all the little details on starts, turns, under waters and all the little technical details," Woodard said.

Although the Rams finish their season with a losing record (2-7), they should not be overlooked in the slightest for the Championships. CSU has proven itself to be the dark horse of Championship-style meets. With adequate taper time, the Rams are sure to set some of the fastest times in CSU history at the Championships.