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Swimming heads to MWC championships

February 25, 2009

CSU swimming and diving is taking little time off as the team vigorously prepares for the Mountain West Conference championships. The events will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla., beginning on Wednesday and wrapping up on Saturday.

Nicole KelleyWednesday - Saturday

The Rams (10-4, 6-2 Mountain West) ended the regular season in second place in the MWC, having lost only to an undefeated BYU team and to TCU.

CSU heads into the MWC championships with momentum after beating conference rival Wyoming in the Rams' last dual meet of the regular season, Feb. 6. The victory also gave CSU its 10th dual win of the season and its most dual wins since the team went 10-0 in 2000-01.

Quoting Head Coach John Mattos

On the strength of the team:
"Our backstrokes are going to be pretty strong. We're deep in the 100 and pretty solid in the 200 as well. I'm thinking we may be able to get somebody in the finals of every event, and that is going to be one of our goals. We want to try to get one, preferably two in the finals of every event and then as many as we can in the consolations. We want to try to get everybody coming back."

On the difficulty of the conference:
"It's not going to be easy. It's a very fast conference this year, so they're going to have to be swimming at a much higher level than they have all year."

On competing against BYU:
"I think BYU is going to be very tough. They're still solid on depth. It's going to be a matter of how the other teams in the conference do, like us, as to whether or not they get in the finals. Whoever puts the most athletes in the finals will win. There's no question about that."

Meet structure

The meet will begin on Wednesday and wrap up on Saturday. Each athlete is allowed to compete in three individual events and four relays. There are five total relays scheduled for the meet.

Last meet

The Rams wrapped up the regular season at home on Feb. 6 with a 174-126 win over conference rival Wyoming at Moby Pool. The win marked the team's first win against the Cowgirls since the 2005-06 season.

MWC standings

The Rams' victory over Wyoming on Feb. 6 placed CSU (6-2) in second place in the MWC. BYU (8-0) claimed first place in the regular season as the only undefeated team in conference matchups. Utah (5-2-1) fell just short of catching CSU in the standings after a loss to BYU on Feb. 6. UNLV (5-3), TCU (4-3-1), Wyoming (4-4), San Diego State (2-6), New Mexico (1-7) and Air Force (0-8) round out the standings.

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