The Colorado State women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up
its dual meet season with a pair of victories on Friday and
The Rams defeated Wyoming and Nevada-Las Vegas in convincing
fashion. Wyoming didn’t stand a chance, surrendering to the Rams by
a score of 140-84, whereas UNLV put up a fight, only to suffer a
loss of 125-119.
Complete domination would be the phrase to use when referring to
the Rams’ beating of Wyoming. The Rams won every event except the
After the victory head coach John Mattos said: “It’s always
tough to swim against Wyoming in their city at that altitude,
especially this time of year. It’s satisfying to come out of there
with a win.”
Freshman Chandra Engs showed no signs of fatigue considering her
transition from a short high school season to the prolonged
collegiate season. She won the 200 freestyle with a time of
1:56.67, the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:16.10 and was also part
of the victorious 200 freestyle relay team that finished with a
time of 1:38.57.
“I’ve swam much better this season than I expected,” Engs said.
“This is more than I could have ever wanted as a college swimming
When asked about her breakout performances as of late Engs said:
“I don’t think they were breakout meets for me. I think the team
definitely pulled through the last couple of meets.”
The Rams had a different type of victory when they faced UNLV.
With Wyoming they experienced a blowout win. With UNLV the Rams
experienced a true battle.
“UNLV is without question tough every year,” Mattos said. “They
always have some of the best athletes in the conference.”
Both CSU and UNLV were tied for second in the conference coming
into the meet. UNLV started the meet winning the first relay and
the lead bounced back and forth frequently after that.
CSU trailed UNLV by two points heading into the final event, the
400 freestyle relay. The race was tight through its entirety. The
defining moment came in the last 50 yards of the race when the
anchor of the Rams relay team, Paula Langler, came from behind to
beat UNLV and seal the win for CSU.
When asked about finishing out the dual meet season with two
victories Mattos replied, “It’s always a good feeling when you keep