Pack contends with Western State in season opener

Pack contends with Western State in season opener

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 13, 2017) Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving opened up their 2017-18 season with a loss to Western State Colorado University, 133-90 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet Friday  at the Sam Jones Aquatic Center.

Opening the season against the Mountaineers for fourth consecutive year, the  Pack's 90 team points were the most they've scored against Western State at home. CSU-Pueblo won five events total.

Phoebe Pontious (So., Caledonia, Mich.) started her second season with a pair of victories.  Pontious posted a time of 55.41 a win in the 100 free.  The sophomore also posted the third fastest time in school history in the 50 free. Her time of 25.21 gave Pontious her second win of the night. Pontious also helped the Pack's 200 medley relay team to a second place finish. Pontious' relay points made her the Pack's top individual scorer.

Kortney Spencer (So., Pueblo, Colo.) won both diving events for the Pack. Spencer set a new-career best with a score of 203.55 in the one-meter dive. She returned later to earn nine points in the three-meter dive with a score of 180.45.

Arianna Rohde (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) claimed first place in the 200 IM. Rohde swam a new personal-best time of 2:17.05, beating her previous bets time by .43 seconds. In the 100 butterfly, Rohde placed second with a time of 1:00.01, just .16 seconds behind the winner. She completed her night with a third place finish in the 100 back (1:02.62).

Freshman Sarah Fowler (Guymon, Okla.) collected three top three finishes in her Pack debut. Fowler placed second in the 200 IM (2:24.47) to give the Pack its only 1-2 finish of the night with Rohde taking first. She also took third in the 100 free (58.21) and 200 free (2:05.41).

Jade Irick (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) took second in the 100 back in a time of 1:02.40. Irick claimed third in the 100 fly (1:02.61). She also swam the first leg of the Pack's 200 medley relay time that took second. Torah Fisher (So., Estes Park, Colo.), Bristyn Crosswhite (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.) and Pontious completed the Pack's second place effort with a time of 1:56.09. 

With their first dual of the season in the books, the young Pack team will hit the road to compete at the USAFA Invite Saturday Oct. 21. The meet will be held all day on the campus of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. 

– 30 –

As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.