Written by Daniel Krueger
Following three straight losses, the Colorado College women’s swim and dive team finally got it done in the pool on Saturday, defeating Division II opponent Colorado State University – Pueblo by a 169-112 score line. Despite a relay start disqualification in the first event, the Tigers rallied late to win the meet. The ladies were led by first-years Sarah Dunbar and Jio Chang Saturday at the Sam Jones Aquatic Center in Pueblo, Colo.
Chang, who was just recently named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week, dominated in both individual events she competed in on the day. First she won the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:17.18. Chang doubled up later in the meet with a victory in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:29.65. She also swam third leg on the 400-freestyle relay team that finished first in a time of 3:47.40.
Sarah Dunbar, a first-year from Pelham, N.Y., won both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races. She won the 50-yard race in a time of 25.30 seconds, while she won the 100-yard freestyle in 55.17 seconds. After those two individual victories, Dunbar led-off the same winning team 400-freestyle team that Chang swam third on. To finish off the meet she swam a very respectable 2:02.20 in the 50-yard backstroke.
“I was very impressed with the intensity and focus of our team today,” Head Coach Anne Goodman James said in a quote on the CC official press release following the game. “On paper it looked like it would be a much closer competition, but we just really stepped up. After a relay start DQ in the first event, we moved forward to take the win in the next two events, despite being the underdog. Selma (Jukic) took control of the 200 free and Jio (Chang) in the 200 IM, and that really got us on a roll. Every person made a difference today, and I was so proud of how gritty we were.”
Other than the first-year duo of Chang and Dunbar, the women of CC had many strong performances in the pool on Saturday. First-year Riley Wadehra finished second in both the 1-meter dive and the 3-meter dive. The scores were enough to earn her SCAC diver of the week. Another strong performance was by junior Ellen Silk who won multiple races as well this past Saturday. She took the 50-yard butterfly with a lightning time of 27.30 seconds. Later in the meet she also won the 100-yard butterfly in an astounding 1:00.81 seconds. Junior Mary Rose Donahue was also her usual dominant self, taking the win in the 1- and 3-meter diving events
Fresh off their strong performance this past weekend, the women trounced SCAC competetors Austin College on Wednesday night, 281-84. The Tigers started the meet strong and never looked back.
Chang won the 200-yard freestyle and the 200 butterfly races, and was the runner-up in the 100 butterfly. Dunbar captured the 50 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. Dunbar also teamed up with first-year Selma Jukic, sophomore Kate Guynn, and Silk to win the 200 IM.
The Tigers cleaned up the individual races as well, with S. Jukic taking the 100 butterfly, first-year Alma Jukic winning the 100 freestyle, first-year Madison Prince-Judd capturing the 100 breaststroke, and sophomore Chaney Skilling winning the 100 backstroke. Silk placed first in the 200 breaststroke, while sophomore Hannah Varner took home the win in the 500 freestyle.
Donahue once again swept the diving events, with Wadehra coming in second with two more strong performances for the Tigers.
The Tigers will get back to work on Saturday, Jan. 7 when they host Wayland Baptist University and Ohio Northern University at 5 p.m. at the Schlessman Natatorium.