The Utes will host their final home meet on Satruday against Colorado State.
Jan. 16, 2008
Utah's women's swimming and diving team will host its final home meet of the season against Colorado State on Saturday afternoon. The meet will be held at 4:00 p.m., at the Ute Natatorium. The Utah women are 4-3 in dual meet competition this season and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference.
The Utes are facing a stretch of five conference meets in 20 days concluding with BYU on February 1, in Provo, Utah. This meet with Colorado State is the second of the five meets versus the top competition in the MWC.
Utah will graduate five seniors from the women's team. Michelle Blair, Adrienne Coburn, Melissa Helmers, Kelly McIntyre and Caitlin Tidwell will all be appearing in their final home meet as Utah swimmers.
The Utes have been strong in the sprint events all year and will need to step up in those events to attempt to extend their winning streak to four. The swaying events could be the breast and relays as the Rams match up well with the Utes in those areas.
One other thing that the team will be looking for this Saturday will be to finalize the roster for the MWC Championships. Teams are allowed 17 swimmers at the championships and must decide which athletes will compete. This final stretch will be important for deciding where each athlete will fit at the end of the season.
Last season Utah beat Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo., by a score of 180-120 as part of its unbeaten dual meet season.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Colorado State- The Rams are 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the MWC heading into the weekend. They will swim at BYU on Thursday before coming to Salt Lake City on Saturday. They boast one of the strongest distance units in the conference and also match up well with Utah in the back and fly events. The Rams are coming off wins over both San Diego State and Boise State last weekend.
"Colorado State is always a well coached team and this season is no exception. We look forward to seeing where we stand right now. The women need to step up and compete well even though they are still tired from winter training. This is part of five straight conference meets and we hope to continue our win streak."