Dec 012003
 
Authors: Andrew Woerpel

The Colorado State swimming and diving team had a split-squad

meet over the break Nov. 21 to 22. Nine of the team’s top swimmers

went to the Speedo Cup in California while the other members of the

team competed against the University of Northern Colorado. The Rams

finished fifth in the Speedo cup and dominated UNC. They would have

finished higher in the Speedo Cup had they not been disqualified in

one of their events.

“We would have been in the top three if we weren’t disqualified

in that last event,” head coach John Mattos said. “We were

competing against Oregon State and one of our swimmers got a bit of

a jump before the start.”

Senior Kristen Schneider competed well in the Speedo Cup,

getting a victory in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of one

minute, 58.24 seconds – a six second improvement from her previous

best. Schneider also recorded a season-best time in the

preliminaries of the 200 butterfly; her time was 2:07.53.

Furthermore, Schneider set the school record in the 100 backstroke

with a time of 54.47, beating her previous record.

“We competed well against UNC especially,” Mattos said. “It was

a challenge with nine of our athletes gone but our swimmers stepped

it up and got the job done.”

Freshman Chandra Engs was very impressive against UNC. She won

all three events in which she competed. Engs won the 100

breaststroke with a time of 1:07.27 and the 200 breaststroke with a

time of 2:28.57. She shined in the 200 individual medley, finishing

with a time of 2:12.84 – six seconds ahead of second place.

Senior diver Lori Vigil dominated the competition in both the 1-

and 3-meter diving events. She finished first in both events with

scores of 277.35 and 304.20.

“As a team we are a little ahead of what I anticipated,” Mattos

said. “Our relay teams rank in the top 30 in the nation, a couple

(of individuals) are actually in the top 15. Kristen Schneider is

third in the nation in the 200 backstroke, and although her times

are not automatic for the NCAA’s, she’ll still get an

invitation.”

The Rams next meet is a dual meet against San Diego State Dec. 6

at Moby pool.

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