AUSTIN, Texas (January 7, 2017) – In their first meet of 2017, Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving sank the competition at the Austin College Invitational en route to a first place team finish.
The ThunderWolves dominated the competition, scoring 773 team points and taking first place in 11 of their 16 events. The next closest team scored 398 team points.
Freshman Phoebe Pontious (Caledonia, Mich. ) shined in an undefeated day. Pontious earned three individual wins and anchored the Pack to a pair of relay wins. She took first in the 50 freestyle in a time of 25.99. Pontious also earned the top spot in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:02.64, over a second better than her closet competition.
Pontious dominated the 100 free (56:92), outouching the competition by almost four seconds. She wrapped up her career day by anchoring the Pack's 200 free relay to victory.
April McDonough (Jr., Frisco, Texas) also claimed first in three individual events. McDonough placed first in the 500 free in a time of 5:31.64. Her time beat the field by almost 30 seconds.
Later in the event, McDonough beat the field by six seconds in the 200 free with a time of 2:05.67. She wrapped up her day with a win in the 1000 free, finishing in a meet best time of 11:40.00
Sophomore Stefany Busch (Carlsbad, Calif.) seized first place in both diving events. Busch dove her way to a gold medal score of 214.50 on the one meter board. She soared past the competition with a mark of 217.20, on the high dive, 50 points better than second place.
Arianna Rohde (So., Anchorage, Alaska) won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:18.95. Rohde also claimed a pair second place finishes in the 100 back (1:04.34) and the 200 back (2:20.77). Rohde also swam the first leg of the Pack's victorious 200 medley relay (1:58.48).
Freshman Torah Fisher (Estes Park, Colo.) took second place in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:48.39. She glided to third place in the 100 breast (1:17.61). Fisher also helped the Pack's 200 medley relay team earn the win.
Jade Irick (So., Idaho Falls, Idaho) finished in the top four of each of her individual events. Irick's best finish of the day came in the 100 butterfly (1:03.99) where she took second.
Irick collected a third place finish in the 100 Back (1:06.42). She wrapped up her day with a fourth place time of 2:24.44 in the 200 back. Irick also swam on the Pack's victorious 200 free and 200 medley relay teams.
Captain Taylor Wertz (Jr., Lamar, Colo.) swam the third leg of the Pack's 200 free relay. Her best individual finish was a fourth place in the 200 fly (2:29.55).
After earning their second win of the season, the Pack will try to earn another win when they compete at the Colorado College Classic Jan. 20-22.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.