The Colorado State swimming & diving program held its home-opening meet Friday night, and despite competing in front of an Orange Out crowd, lost to Wyoming, 183-110.
“It was a disappointing home opener, but overall there were definitely some performances that were great,” Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. “It is always nice performing at home, though, especially with the Orange Out.”
Wyoming (2-0) won the first three races, but junior Jessica Shepard shot some life into the Rams (2-1) with a first-place swim in the 100 Backstroke (57.05). That would be CSU’s only first-place performance of the night, however.
“Jess trains very well, and you would not expect her to have this killer instinct that she has,” Woodard said. “She swam very smart in her races today.”
In addition to her 100 Backstroke win, Shepard also had second-place finishes in the 200 Backstroke (2:06.86) and 200 IM (2:10.49). In total, she earned 17 points in her three individual events.
Despite being unable to capture many first-place performances, CSU proved that it isn’t too far behind Wyoming, taking second place in 13 of the other 15 events. In addition to Shepard, freshman Katie Kicklighter (50 Freestyle, 23.90; 100 Freestyle, 52.27) and senior Tess Simpson (100 Breaststroke, 1:05.75; 100 Butterfly, 57.74) also had multiple second-place finishes.
In just her second collegiate meet, freshman Hailey Spratte<http://www.csurams.com/sports/w-swim/mtt/hailey_spratte_878128.html> finished second in the 500 Freestyle (5:17.08).
On the boards, CSU was very competitive. Wyoming’s Kari Campbell was able to win both diving events, but CSU earned 17 total points, including 2-3-4 on the 3-meter boards.
Senior Mary Kate Hardy earned a second-place score of 270.98 on the 1-meter boards and third place in 3-meter (279.15). Junior Ariana Milone also finished second (3-meter) and third (1-meter), posting scores of 281.25 and 269.03, respectively. Freshman Erin Taylor also scored for CSU’s diving team.
CSU will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at Moby Pool. The Rams will host a double dual meet against Idaho and 2013-14 Mountain West runners-up San Diego State.
“We will learn from tonight,” Woodard said. “We’ll put in the work to get better.”
College Swimming News courtesy of CSU.
Editor’s note: one change was made to the Colorado State press as San Diego State were the Mountain West Conference runners-up last year, Boise State were the champions.