Swimming & Diving Making Waves At Conference USA Championship
HOUSTON, Texas - In sounding like a broken record, Northern Colorado swimming & diving Head Coach Kelly McClanahan had again had nothing but positives to report about her team at the 2010 Conference USA Championships after the third day of competition.
"We had another phenomenal day today," said McClanahan. "The girls keep surprising me with how much they're fighting and how they want to swim fast. At least five swimmers in every event today posted season-best times, which is phenomenal."
Senior Tori Gutt posted the highest-ever finish for the Bears in an individual swimming event at the C-USA Championship, winning the consolation finals and finishing ninth overall in the 400 IM with a season-best time of 4:27.78. She misses her own school record by just 0.17.
Fellow senior Sarah Cook, for the second-straight day, finished eighth in a diving event, today scoring 246.25 points in the one-meter.
The 200 freestyle relay quartet of JJ Smith, Hattie Oatts, Cheryl Bready and Dawn Adams finished seventh, just 1.84 off the school record after swimming a 1:37.85. The time is a season-best by almost four seconds.
"We switched things up in the relay and put Dawn in the anchor because she's been running people down all week and she did it again," said McClanahan. "She entered the pool 0.81 back from Marshall and we ended up 0.07 ahead of them. She and Tori have been great leaders for our team and showed it again today."
Bready also finished 15th overall in the 200 freestyle, swimming a 1:54.63 in the finals. Earlier in the day during preliminaries, she posted the fifth fastest time in school history with her personal best time of 1:54.24.
Adams also finished 15th overall, clocking a 58.70 in the 100 backstroke. Her prelim time was slightly faster at 58.42, while Sammy Leonard just missed making the finals placing 17th in 58.59.
In the 100 breaststroke preliminaries during the morning session, Amanda Donegan swam a 1:07.24 for the fifth fastest time in school history, but missed advancing to the finals.
"The team is battling like I've never seen them battle," stated McClanahan. "I can't put into words how well we've done. We're really finishing races strong and getting rewarded for all the hard work we've put in."
The four-day Conference USA Championship concludes tomorrow at the CRWC Natatorium on the University of Houston campus.