Oct 092003
 
Authors: Andrew Woerpel

Hard work, determination, focus, poise and confidence are the

building blocks that create a championship year.

The women of CSU’s swimming and diving team posses all of these

qualities and more, which is why coaches of the Mountain West

Conference have picked the Rams to win the MWC this year. The Rams

received four first-place votes and compiled a total of 46 points

overall. BYU was second receiving three first-place votes and 44

total points.

The Rams were very humbled in getting that much respect from the

other coaches in the MWC.

“I was pleasantly surprised. I was also pleased that the coaches

feel we have that kind of a team,” said head coach John Mattos.

Mattos added that the team is “absolutely capable” of living up

to the hype.

This year’s team has only one goal in mind: winning the MWC

title.

When asked what his goals were for the team, Mattos replied,

“Win the conference title; end of story.”

His swimmers and divers think no differently than he does. They

are ready to burn through the water like heavily guided missiles,

only to leave their competitors behind, blinded by an immense

number of water bubbles.

The Rams will be paced by Melissa Fischer, Corinne Hofstetter,

Paula Langner, Katie Peck, Jamie Robinson, Kristen Schneider and

Lori Vigil, who all make up the 2003-2004 senior class.

One senior that stands out is Schneider. She has qualified and

competed in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships every year

since her freshman year. She holds four school records in the

200-meter individual medley (2:01.34) 100- and 200-meter backstroke

(54.86, 1:58.65) and the 200-meter freestyle (1:50.29).

Schneider said she has a positive outlook for the season.

“I hope to win all three of my events, qualify for the NCAA’s

and finish in the top 12 if possible,” she said.

She also echoed that undying goal of the Rams “to win the

conference.”

Hofstetter added that everyone on the team has high expectations

this season.

“The team always has high expectations for the conference and

dual meets; we would love to be conference and regular season

champions.”

As one of the leaders on the team Hofstetter reiterated that,

“leadership is exemplified in the pool.”

Rams diver Lori Vigil said she is ready to have a breakout

senior year.

“It’s time to go big or go home. I have to perform big in my

senior year,” Vigil said.

She also agreed that the main goal of this year’s team is to

take the conference title and not look back.

The Rams will have their first chance to show that they are

deserving of their No. 1 conference ranking when they compete in

the upcoming dual meet against Rice University tonight. The meet

will be at Moby Pool located at the west entrance of Moby Arena at

6 p.m.

 

 

 

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