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
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
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
Hofstetter added that everyone on the team has high expectations
“The team always has high expectations for the conference and
dual meets; we would love to be conference and regular season
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
“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