Oct 242004
 
Authors: Nate Ramos

The CSU swimming team faced little competition this weekend as

it won the Early Bird Invitational, held at Edora Pool and Ice

Center, by almost 340 points.

“We want to win the (Mountain West) Conference. That is what we

are shooting for,” said distance swimmer Meika Weiner.

This is the expectation for this year’s swim team. On Saturday

and Sunday, the Rams began on their journey to success by capturing

their 10th straight Early Bird Invitational title.

Throughout the meet, the Rams were a team to contend with. They

won the tournament with a total score of 1,152 points, holding

their own against rivals such as Colorado, Wyoming and Denver. DU

finished a distant second with a score of 813.5.

However, the win was not as easy as the score might suggest.

“We are so broken down since we train hard from the beginning of

the season on,” said sprint swimmer Tiffany Thompson.

Weiner said that despite hard practices, the team was able to

swim up to expectations.

“We have done really well. We have had some hard practices and

have been training really hard this past week, but people are still

able to do relatively great times,” she said.

Yet, when it came time to perform, the Rams did just that.

Despite being somewhat tired from all their workouts, they stepped

it up in several events. In the 1,650-yard freestyle swim, an

individual endurance test that lasts longer than 20 minutes, CSU’s

Taylor Felton took second.

The team was also placed highly in most events. In the 100-meter

fly CSU finished with five of the top 10 swimmers in the event.

Sunday alone, the team provided an extremely competitive field in

the 100-meter back as well by posting five of the event’s top 10

finishers. In the 100-meter freestyle, the team had four swimmers

in the top 15.

This year’s team is relatively young; 23 out of approximately 37

athletes are freshman. And while most people might see this as a

sign of inexperience, the team members see potential.

“I see it as an advantage. We have four years to grow and

improve,” Weiner said.

The Rams will take their game on the road as they face off

against several teams in the Rice Invitational Oct. 30 in

Houston.

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