February 25, 2010

Swimmers & Divers Continue To Excel At C-USA Championship

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Thursday Results

HOUSTON, Texas - On day two of the Conference USA swimming & diving championships, Northern Colorado continued to post outstanding performances.

"Girls are swimming and diving great," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "We're really getting close to some school records and the girls are having a great time. It's fun to swim fast and that's what they're doing. They're getting the job done and I couldn't be more proud. We do have a long road to hoe and we need to continue to take care of business. A lot of teams are taking notice of us - most girls are moving up 10 spots from where they came in ranked and it's a very exciting time for Northern Colorado swimming and diving."

Sophomore Hannah Halstrom swam the fourth fastest 500 freestyle in school history, finishing fifth in the consolation finals and 13th overall with her time of 5:04.54. Her time is over 14 seconds faster than her previous season best time and less than eight seconds off the school record.

Senior diver Sarah Cook finished eighth overall in the three-meter event with a total score of 255.05.

The 400 medley relay team consisting of Sammy Leonard, Amanda Donegan, Tori Gutt and Dawn Adams finished ninth with a time of 3:55.97, shaving over nine seconds off the previous fastest time of the year.

"The relay did a phenomenal job tonight," said McClanahan. "They all had a great swim and had a considerable drop from earlier this season."

In the morning session, Gutt just missed out on qualifying for the evening session, finishing 19th overall in the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.73. Her time is a season best and just 0.4 off her career best time from a year ago.

Adams also missed out qualifying for the finals in the 50 freestyle, but swam a career-best time of24.49 for the sixth fastest time in school history.

"We had another good night and continue to battle through it," said McClanahan. "They're really putting forth a good effort and they're pushing forward and we'll come back tomorrow and swim just as fast."

Day three of the four day championship continues tomorrow and concludes on Saturday at the CRWC Natatorium on the University of Houston campus.