ThunderWolves break two records, finish fifth at CMU Invite

ThunderWolves break two records, finish fifth at CMU Invite

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (December 2, 2017) After three days of competition, Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving placed fifth at the CMU Invite in the El Pomar Natatorium.

The ThunderWolves started the CMU Invite with a strong performance in the 200 freestyle relay, Thursday morning.  Phoebe Pontious (So., Caledonia, Mich.), Taylor Wertz (So., Lamar, Colo.), Arianna Rohde (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska), and Olivia Cauley (So., Pueblo, Colo.) swam the fifth fastest time in school history (1:42.28).

Rohde returned Thursday to deliver a personal best in the 200 IM. Her time of 2:16.16 ranks third all time at CSU-Pueblo. She placed 14th overall, earning three points for the Pack.

Pontious broke the Pack's 50 free record Thursday with a prelim swim of 24.65. She took 11th in the finals with a time of 24.80, the second-best time in school history.

Kortney Spencer (So., Pueblo, Colo.) placed eighth in the one meter dive. Spencer took home 11 points with a score of 239.15.

The Pack started day two, Friday, with another top-five relay time in Pack history. Jade Irick (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho), Kate Miller (Fr., Draper, Utah), Pontious, and Cauley teamed up to deliver a time of 1:53.36, third fastest in school history.

Deanna Harrison (R-Jr., Orlando, Fla.) topped Pack swimmers with a time of 12:26.42 to finish 12th in the 1000 free. Miller took 13th in the 400 IM (5:13.80).

Rohde earned the Pack's top finish of the meet Friday, touching the wall in sixth place in the 100 fly (59.06).  Rohde's time ranks as the fifth fastest in school history. Pontious took eighth in a time of 1:00.18 to give the Pack 24 points in the 100 fly.

In the 100 back, Rohde came in eighth with a time of 1:00.70. Rohde's prelim time of 59.19 matched the Pack's school record.

Spencer shined in the three meter diving finals Friday with a sixth place finish. She set a school record with a 310.65 to earn 13 points for the Pack. 

The ThunderWolves capped the night with a 10th place finish in the 800 free relay. Harrison, Irick, Miller, and Bristyn Croswhite (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.) record a time of 8:34.11. 

Shion Ienaga (Fr., Phoenix, Ariz.) started Saturday with a time of 20:43.02 in the 1650 free. Ienaga took 10th and brought seven points to the Pack. 

Rohde recorded her second top 10 finish of the meet Saturday with a 10th place showing in the 200 back (2:13.68).  Irick claimed 14th in the 200 back  (2:17.90).

Pontious swam the fourth and fifth fastest 100 free times in school history Saturday. Her prelim time of 53.92 ranks fourth, while her 54.55 in the final earned her 13th place.

Croswhite placed 10th in the 200 fly. Her time of 2:17.99 earned her seven points.

The Pack completed the meet with 42 points in the 400 free relay. As a team, CSU-Pueblo scored 248 total points enough to beat Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schools Adams State University and University of Nebraska Kearney.

After setting two school records and posting nine top five times, the Pack will try to build on their momentum when they compete at the Colorado College Saturday Dec. 9. This dual meet with the Tigers will be the Pack's final competition before the holiday break.


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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.