PUEBLO, Colo. (October 11, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Swimming & Diving will begin its 2018-19 season when the ThunderWolves visit Western State Colorado University Friday Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. at the Paul Wright Natatorium.
This dual against the Mountaineers will be the beginning of the Pack's fifth season. All five Pack seasons have started with a dual against the Mountaineers.
The ThunderWolves finish 1-7 in dual meets in 2017-18. They will look to increase that number in 2018-19 with their first win over the Mountaineers.
One thing that will help the ThunderWolves improve their 2-17-18 record is the return of April McDonough. McDonough (Sr., Frisco, Texas) holds the Pack's record in the 200 (1:55.90), 500 (5:09.24), and 1000 Free (10:35.33). She missed all of last season. McDonough was the first ThunderWolf in school history to win Rocky Mountain Athletic Swimmer of the week honors.
Arianna Rohde (Anchorage, Alaska) will look to build off of a strong finish to her 2017-18 season. Rohde set three school records a year ago. She broke the school record in the 100 back with a 59.19 at the CMU Invite. She also set school records in the 100 (57.91) and 200 fly (2:09.30) at the RMAC Championships.
Phoebe Pontious (Jr., Caledonia, Mich.) holds school records in the 50 free(24.65) and 100 free (53.68). Pontious owns the Pack's six fastest times in the 50 free. Pontious, Rohde, or McDonough has also been involved in every Pack relay record.
Senior Jade Irick (Idaho Falls, Idaho) continues to serve as a jack of all trades for the Pack. Irick had six top three finishes and one event win for the Pack in 2017-18. She contributed to the Pack's 200 free relay record (1:39.33).
Sophomores Bristyn Croswhite (Tempe, Ariz.), Shion Ienaga (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Kate Miller (Draper, Utah) will all look to make strides in the second seasons. Seniors Deanna Harrison (Orlando, Fla.), Hannah Plummer (Arvada, Colo.), Tracey Williams (Pueblo, Colo.), and Leila Zijadic (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) will all look to contribute in their senior seasons. Williams will help bolster the Pack's diving core this season.
Six freshmen are expected to make an impact for the ThunderWolves in their 2018-19 season. Natalie Rotondo (Aurora, Colo.) earned All-City honors in each of her last two seasons at Smoky Hill High School. If she can match her high school bests, Rotondo would set school records in the 100 back and 200 IM.
Alexis Bower (Riverside, Calif.) is a three-time all-conference selection. She also won the River Valley League Championship in the 100 free and the 100 back.
Julia Whitfield (Wichita, Kan.) was named All-City in all four of her high school seasons. She competed on Wichita East High School's All-American 200 freestyle relay team.
Madison Ortega (Pueblo West, Colo.) will join the Pack's diving squad. Ortega placed third at the 2018 South Central League Championships. Emma Chvatal (Carterville, Ill.)and Alyssa Grunloh (Round Rock, Texas)are both butterfly specialists who will debut for the Pack this weekend.
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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