Not only does this weekend include Homecoming, it also marks the beginning of the 2010-11 campaign for the CSU swimming and diving team. The Rams host the Utah Utes tonight at Moby Pool to kick off their season with hopes to build off a successful campaign last year.
Last yearâ€™s Rams went an impressive 8-2 in dual matches but feel this yearâ€™s squadâ€™s attitude can take them to the next level.
â€œOur attitudes are a lot better this year,â€ junior Breann Fuller said. â€œWeâ€™re ready to come out strong and be a good team.â€
Having the season opener against a Mountain West Conference opponent is new to the Rams, as previous seasons usually start out with duals or meets against non-conference foes. This will be the first test for the Rams and some of the girlsâ€™ first shot at competing at the collegiate level.
CSU will use tonightâ€™s dual against Utah as a mark to see where it is after two months of practicing and what the team needs to work on.
â€œThis first meet is a good time for us to see where the athletes are with their training and where we need to go to continue to perform at a high level for the next six weeks,â€ said coach John Mattos, who enters his 31st season with CSU.
The Rams will not take anyone lightly this year. With confidence, they belive that if they go out and swim meets to their style and just have fun, then good things will happen.
Utah will come into Fort Collins seeking revenge after barely losing to CSU in Salt Lake City last year 153-147.
â€œWe want the win. Utah has already had a dual meet they won against New Mexico a few weeks ago, but the kids want to win,â€ Mattos said of opening against a MWC opponent.
Tonight starts the beginning of a six-week grind, during which the Rams will compete almost every week against predominantly MWC schools. Moby Pool is expected to fill with families and alumni to watch the Homecoming showdown.
â€œWe expect a lot of the CSU swim family to be here. I feel like it is an intimidator for us, and itâ€™s a lot more fun having so many fans screaming and cheering for you,â€ senior Nicole Lynch said.
CSU swim meets are free to the public at Moby Pool, and todayâ€™s events begin at 5 p.m.
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