The Colorado State swimming and diving team had a split-squad
meet over the break Nov. 21 to 22. Nine of the team’s top swimmers
went to the Speedo Cup in California while the other members of the
team competed against the University of Northern Colorado. The Rams
finished fifth in the Speedo cup and dominated UNC. They would have
finished higher in the Speedo Cup had they not been disqualified in
one of their events.
“We would have been in the top three if we weren’t disqualified
in that last event,” head coach John Mattos said. “We were
competing against Oregon State and one of our swimmers got a bit of
a jump before the start.”
Senior Kristen Schneider competed well in the Speedo Cup,
getting a victory in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of one
minute, 58.24 seconds – a six second improvement from her previous
best. Schneider also recorded a season-best time in the
preliminaries of the 200 butterfly; her time was 2:07.53.
Furthermore, Schneider set the school record in the 100 backstroke
with a time of 54.47, beating her previous record.
“We competed well against UNC especially,” Mattos said. “It was
a challenge with nine of our athletes gone but our swimmers stepped
it up and got the job done.”
Freshman Chandra Engs was very impressive against UNC. She won
all three events in which she competed. Engs won the 100
breaststroke with a time of 1:07.27 and the 200 breaststroke with a
time of 2:28.57. She shined in the 200 individual medley, finishing
with a time of 2:12.84 – six seconds ahead of second place.
Senior diver Lori Vigil dominated the competition in both the 1-
and 3-meter diving events. She finished first in both events with
scores of 277.35 and 304.20.
“As a team we are a little ahead of what I anticipated,” Mattos
said. “Our relay teams rank in the top 30 in the nation, a couple
(of individuals) are actually in the top 15. Kristen Schneider is
third in the nation in the 200 backstroke, and although her times
are not automatic for the NCAA’s, she’ll still get an
The Rams next meet is a dual meet against San Diego State Dec. 6
at Moby pool.