One week after a season-opening loss to Utah at home, the CSU swimming and diving team jumps back in the water tomorrow for a Mountain West Conference quad-dual in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Rams will compete with conference rivals Air Force, New Mexico and San Diego State.
The Rams lost a close duel, 160-140, against the Utah Utes at Moby Pool last Friday. With great performances in the backstroke and breaststroke, the Rams are going into this four-team meet with confidence.
â€œThere are certain areas that we are strong in. Right now, Iâ€™d say our backstroke and breaststroke events are pretty solid,â€ coach John Mattos said. â€œOur sprint free has been solid, and I am pleased with where we are there.â€
Some long-standing winning streaks are on the line for CSU this weekend. They expect to keep these alive.
The Rams last fell to San Diego State in swimming during the 1981-1982 season. The green and gold have also beaten New Mexico for the past 16 seasons, and havenâ€™t lost to the Air Force in 13 seasons.
Though history shows the Rams winning, the team knows it will face stiff competition, especially after coming off a loss.
â€œ â€¦ Itâ€™s been a long time since weâ€™ve lost to New Mexico or to the Air Force Academy, so we are hoping to keep that streak alive,â€ Mattos said.
This week was a change of pace for the team with the coaches canceling usual morning workouts to help the women rest up for the big weekend of traveling and swimming.
Over the past two months, the coaches have hosted morning workouts Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for about an hour and 20 minutes.
â€œWe have been working real hard and to just keep that going,â€ Mattos said. â€œIt gets them exhausted.â€
The meet begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Armond H. Seidler Natatorium at the University of New Mexico. If the Rams swim their style of a meet, they should have some â€œWâ€™sâ€ in the win column.
â€œIf the girls perform at least as well as they did last weekend, I think we should be able to do that,â€ Mattos said.
Swimming and Diving Beat Reporter Davide de Besche can be reached at email@example.com.