Mar 242002

CSU only sent one swimmer to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, but sophomore Kristen Schneider made the most of the trip.

On Thursday she set the school record in the 200-IM event with a time of 2:03.08. Schneider placed 35th in the 100-backstroke on Friday with a time of 56.38, and concluded her competition by finishing 36th in the 200-backstroke with a time of 2:02.11 on Sunday.

Schneider gives head coach John Mattos hope for the team next year.

“Kristen swam well here,” Mattos said. “She is just a sophomore and she will have a bright future here.”

Schneider’s performance caps a CSU swimming and diving season that included big wins over Mountain West Conference opponents such as the University of New Mexico, the Air Force Academy, the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming.

The Rams lose standout senior Lyndsey Carlaw, but CSU places much hope in Schneider being able to replace her. n

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