LAS CRUCES, N.M. (January 13, 2018) – Facing a D-I foe, Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving could not pull off the upset falling to New Mexico State University 146-64 Saturday at the NM State Swimming & Diving Complex.
Competing for the first time in over a month, the Pack won just one event. They took first place in final event of the dual, the 200 Free Relay. The quartet of Taylor Wertz (Sr., Lamar, Colo.) Abbey Cira (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.), Bristyn Croswhite (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.), and Deanna Harrison (R-Jr.., Orlando, Fla.) earned first place with a time of 2:00.97.
Arianna Rohde (So., Anchorage, Alaska) earned a pair of second place finishes. Rohde was narrowly edged out in the 100 fly. Her time of 1:00.98 was just .25 seconds behind the winner. Rohde also placed second in the 100 back (1:03.76). Jade Irick (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho) took third in the 100 back with a time of 1:05.71.
Hannah Plummer (Jr., Arvada, Colo.) scored four points with a second place finish in the 500 free, finishing in a time of 6:31.23. In addition to her four points earned in the 500 Free, Plummer scored one point in both the 100 free (1:07.99) and 200 Free (2:29.49) with fifth place finishes. The 500 Free proved to be a good event for the Pack. Tracey Williams (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) took third with a time of 6:46.51 to earn three points.
Phoebe Pontious (So., Caledonia, Mich.) took third in the 100 free with a time of 56.45. She placed fourth in the 50 free with a time of 25.80. Pontious earned five total points for the Pack.
Wertz and Croswhite both scored for the Pack in the 100 fly. With a third place finish, Wertz earned three points with a time of 1:07.59. Croswhite claimed fourth place (1:12.05) and two points for the Pack. Croswhite would score two more points with a fifth place finish in the 200 free (2:23.15).
The Pack will return to Colorado next week when they journey north to compete at the Colorado College Classic Jan. 20-21 at the Schlessman Natatorium. The ThunderWolves' next home meet will be Saturday Jan. 27 when the Pack competes with the University of Northern Colorado at 3 p.m. in the Sam Jones Aquatic Center.