Cira and Wertz honored at Pack S&D Senior Day/ home finale Saturday

Cira and Wertz honored at Pack S&D Senior Day/ home finale Saturday

PUEBLO, Colo. (January 26, 2018)   Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving will face the University of Northern Colorado at 3 p.m. Saturday  at the Sam Jones Aquatic Center in Massari Arena in the Pack's final home meet of the 2017-18 season.

Saturday's meet will also be senior day as the ThunderWolves honor their two graduating seniors, Abbey Cira (Pueblo, Colo.) and Taylor Wertz (Lamar, Colo.). Cira and Wertz are the first class of graduating seniors to start and end their collegiate careers with Pack Swimming & Diving program launched in 2014-15.

Part of the Pack's inaugural freshman class, Cira and Wertz have both earned a spot on the RMAC's Academic Honor Roll each of the last two seasons and appear to be on their way to achieving that same feat for a third time in 2017-18. Cira holds a 3.50 GPA in psychology. Wertz owns a 3.68 GPA in Exercise science human performance (Teacher Prep K-12).

Individually, Wertz holds the fifth fastest time in the 50 fly (29.50). She also helped the Pack set a record in the 400 Free relay at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 3:43.29.

Wertz has also helped the Pack achieve its second fastest 200 Free relay time (1:40.38) and 800 Free relay time (8:12.75).

Cira set 11 personal records as a junior. Like Wertz, she competes in both swimming and lacrosse at CSU-Pueblo.

The Pack will look to send Cira and Wertz out in style facing a D-I opponent. They will also look for their second dual win of the season. The Bears have a 2-6 record in duals this season.

Arianna Rohde (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) will look to continue her strong season. Rohde scored a team-best 32 points in the Pack's last meet, the Colorado College Classic.  Rohde is the Pack's record holder in both the 100 (59.19) and 200 backstroke (2:08.98). She has 10 top-5 finishes this season.

Sophomore speedster Phoebe Pontious (Caledonia, Mich.) returns to the Pack lineup after missing the Colorado College Classic with the flu. Pontious holds school records in both the 50 free (24.80) and 100 free (53.58). 

Saturday's meet will be the Pack's final dual of the season. This dual with the Bears will be the ThunderWolves last tune up before heading to the RMAC Championships Feb. 14-17. 

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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.