PUEBLO, Colo. (January 27, 2018) – Colorado State University Pueblo Swimming & Diving celebrated its first four-year senior class Saturday at the Sam Jones Aquatic Center. However, the University of Northern Colorado would celebrate at the end of the meet as the Bears won the dual 196-45.
Arianna Rohde (Jr., Anchorage, Alaska) was the Pack's top scorer for the third consecutive meet with eight points. Rohde placed second in the 200 fly in a time of 2:17.47, just .27 seconds behind the winner. She returned two events later to take second place in the 200 back (2:17.95).
Rohde swam the first leg of the Pack's 400 medley relay team that earned second place. Kate Miller (Fr., Draper, Utah), Phoebe Pontious (So., Caledonia, Mich.), and Bristyn Croswhite (Fr., Tempe, Ariz.) joined Rohde to touch the wall in a time of 4:16.40.
Pontious claimed second in the 50 free. She sprinted to a time of 26.17.
On the diving board, Kortney Spencer (So., Pueblo, Colo.) took third in the one meter diving with a score of 197.15. Spencer placed fourth in the three meter dive with a score of 180.05.
Celebrating her senior day, Taylor Wertz (Lamar, Colo.) swam the third leg of the Pack's 400 free relay team that placed third. Jade Irick (Jr., Idaho Falls, Idaho), Deanna Harrison (R-Jr., Orlando, Fla.), and Olivia Cauley (R-So., Pueblo, Colo.) helped Wertz earn two points for the Pack with a time of 4:03.56. Wertz placed sixth in the 50 Free (28.50), her only individual event.
Fellow senior, Abbey Cira (Pueblo, Colo.) claimed sixth place in the 100 free. Cira swam a time of 1:03.24 in her only individual event. She also placed fourth in both the 400 medley relay and 400 free relay in her final home meet.
Competing in the NCAA's Division I, the Bears set five pool records Saturday. The Pack battled their D-I foes, but ultimately fell to 1-7 in duals this season.
With their dual season in the books, the Pack will turn its attention to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. The 2018 RMAC Championships will be held Feb. 14-17 in Lewisville, Texas.
– 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.