Mountaineer Swimming welcomes back Adams State


GUNNISON, colonel. The Western Colorado Women’s Swimming on Saturday will try to score 3 on 3 against Adams State University, which will travel to the Paul Wright Natatorium for the second time in the 2021-22 season.

Saturday’s 1 p.m. meet will open with the senior recognition of six climbers, in an afternoon promoted as Pack the House Day.

Western and the Grizzlies first met on Oct. 9 in a double-duel at Colorado State University Pueblo, with Western sweeping away duels against ASU (177-43) and the Thunderwolves (120-107). On November 13, the Mountaineers welcomed Adams to Gunnison and claimed a 158-89 victory.

Western is looking to sweep the series of the season on Saturday behind its senior six and a full roster that has several swimmers posting top-eight and top-16 times on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference best performance list.

Courtney Coplan has entered two races this season that rank in the top eight. Her time of 57.31 seconds on the back in the 100 meters at the A3 Performance Invitational is currently the fourth fastest in the RMAC, and the next day at the Invite, she posted what is currently the sixth fastest time, 2 minutes , 7.32 seconds, in the back 200.

Lauren Linneman has the eighth fastest time in the 1,650 yard freestyle (18: 11.67) and also swam the 11th fastest time in the 1000 freestyle (10: 55.96) and 10th time in the 400-yard individual medley (4: 43.63).

Addison O’Donnell also ranks in the top eight on the RMAC performance list in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1: 06.60. O’Donnell is also 11th in the 100 freestyle (53.37) and 12th in the 500 freestyle (24.95).

Among the top performing seniors are Shea Yuran in the 200 backstroke (10th, 2: 09.19); Kali Stier in 200 backstroke (13th, 2: 10.58); Megan Walton at 100 butterfly (10th, 1: 00.15) and 200 butterfly (10th, 2: 16.48); and Adrianna Bese in the 200 breaststroke (12th, 2: 31,26).

Another senior who will battle for the top eight spots later in the season in the Conference Championship competition is diver Sarah Mortenson, who finished third (376.00 points) on the 3-meter backboard. ‘A3 Invite, and fourth on the 1m board (387.00).

Two other seniors, Mikaela Romano and Chloe Walker, will be recognized on Saturday and will continue to provide the depth that has helped Western throughout the season. Walker’s free time of 11: 48.89 is the team’s third fastest time, and his time of 20: 15.60 in the 1650 free is the second fastest. Romano is fourth on the team in the 1650 (20: 58.80) and eighth in the 500 freestyle (6: 02.50).

Saturday’s meet will be the last of the fall semester, with Western returning from winter training to close the regular season in January against visiting CSU Pueblo (Jan. 8, 2021) and Colorado College Classic (21-23). January) .

The RMAC Championship competition is scheduled for February 9-12 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado.


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