The Rams come back strong in the final session


STATION COLLEGE, Texas – Racing is the most ruthless in sport.

A slow reaction out of blocks cannot be invented. A wrong turn at the wall either. The 50-yard freestyle leaves no space to make up for even the slightest miscalculation. A breath or two is all you can really afford. He challenges every swimmer every time to be perfect.

That’s a lot to consider. So Kristina Friedrichs no.

“I used to do that, and I think it messed me up even more,” the elder said. “So this year I started after practice every day, I was doing a 25 out of the blocks in a corner, and I think that really helped me. I don’t think I got much out of it, but mentally it helped me not guess what I was going to throw at the competition, because I’ve done a 25 out of the blocks after practice every day since the start of the season.”

She posted her two best times in the event Thursday at the Mountain West Championships at the Texas A&M Natatorium, hitting a 22.69 in the preliminaries and then dropping a 22.64 in the final to place fourth in the event. It was his third consecutive appearance in the championship final of the event.

His morning time moved him up one spot to No. 2 all-time in the event at CSU, sitting a notch behind Amy Van Dyken (21.77), which isn’t bad company. , and his time in the final further secured the spot. Both also achieved the NCAA “B” Cup qualifying standard.

It was the best result of the day for the Rams, who needed a boost in the Finals after swimming quite slowly in the preliminaries. It was a day to bounce back, whether the Rams like it or not.

In the case of a first year diver Lindsay Gizzishe certainly didn’t like her test, but she loved her result.

Her favorite event is the 1 meter, and on Wednesday the school record holder in the event faltered. By the time she was on the bus, her disappointment was forgotten. It was in the past. What was in his future was the 3 meters, which on the surface does not cheer him up.

“I don’t like 3 meters so it was more than I had to do. It’s something I have to do, and if I make finals, I make finals,” she said. . “It’s all dives I’m comfortable with – ish – for the most part, so it wasn’t too bad. I don’t like it because I haven’t done it that long, and it It’s higher. I’ve always done 1 meter, and I just need to understand the 3 meter takeoffs.

“I just had fun. I just treated it like practice.”

She certainly made the final, scoring a 317.60, which was a personal best for her, qualifying her seventh, along with her teammate Jozie Meitz ranking 21st. Gizzi returned for the evening session improving her game, posting a score of 338.00, which ranks second all-time for the Rams.

She smiled all the time. Before dives, she was looking for a happy face – quite often her roommate, Maisy Barbosa. It all happened so naturally for something she felt she “had to” do.

Half of his series of six dives yielded scores of 63.00 or better, with the last two dives both better than 67.

No matter where the score classifies her, it still hasn’t changed her mind about the event. She’s not sure that will ever change.

“No. I still don’t like 3 meters,” she said. “It’s like a chore. It’s fun to tear up, but doing the dives, if you can do them well, it’s fun. Once you master them, it’s fun, but it’s still something I don’t like to do.”

What has changed for the team are the results. They missed a few chances to win big games in the preliminaries, and before the final, the captain called the team together to remind them that they were 14-0 in duels during the season and that they had to go out with that kind of bluster.

The 500 crew did the trick, that’s exactly what the trainer Christopher Woodard wanted to see.

“It’s still up to whoever is in that first round or that first event to set the tone,” he said. “If you fail, it gives the people behind you the idea that maybe we’re not ready for it. When they walk in and see Maya White that first six-second heat drop, it’s like, oh, okay, I forgot who we are. Back to business.

“I’m glad they did that. Those 500s, having those three girls going right away and all pushing places and points and their times, I think, set the tone for the rest of the night.”

White won the bonus endgame in 4:54.62, then Anika Johnson and Emilie Chorpening followed in the consolation final by placing 11and and 13andrespectively, with Johnson’s time of 4:54.07 the eighth fastest in program history.

It was an immediate boost, and the rest of the team followed suit.

The Rams had three placers in each of 200 individual medleys, led by freshmen Maisy Barbosa (17and2:04.92) and Katie McClelland (18and2:05.26), with senior Kate Meunier 23rd in a time of 2:06.08. After that, Friedrichs marked the day

Seeing his personal best fall twice in the day sparked some feelings.

“I really think it was emotional. I’m really happy with what I did,” she said. “Sometimes I struggle to go faster in the final, but I think there’s just a different emotion for an individual event as opposed to a relay. Knowing that I have the potential for a couple of extra 50 frees at do, I’m really happy with the way it went.”

The final ended with the 400 QN relay, with the quad of Liza Luna, McClelland, Friedrichs and Hager clocking a season best time of 3:43.75 to place seventh. The Rams are in fifth place in the team race with 277 points. They have some catching up to do to improve their standings, but as his side have shown him on Thursday and in previous league encounters, they finish historically well.

“We still have a few kids who really haven’t touched the water and still have their best events yet to come,” Woodard said. “Traditionally we’re a better team on Friday and Saturday, and we’re going to need that.”

Friday’s preliminary swimming session begins at 10 a.m. MT for five events – 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke – with six finals (including the 200 freestyle relay) starting at 5:30 p.m. .

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