Mountaineers open the season in Prime Fashion


ALAMOSE, Col. There’s a sweep, then there’s what happened Saturday at Plachy Hall Pool as the Western Colorado women’s swim team swept through all the heats en route to a win over host Adams State University.

Western’s day was so dominant that it not only swept all events, but also took second place in every event.


  • The Mountaineers opened the competition by taking first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay. Head Coach Vickie Fellows mixed her ‘A’ and ‘B’ relay staff to maximize results and it paid off.
  • Returning Addison O’Donnell, Courtney Coplan, Trinity Caudle and Jordan Maruska were mixed with newcomers Afton Page, Abigail Yalcin, Makenna Lambert and AvaMarie Hopewell with the foursome pair taking the top two spots less than a second behind. ‘interval.
  • The first individual event was won by Yalcin, who won the 200m freestyle in 2 minutes 5.73 seconds. The win would be the first of three for the rookie who would later win the 200 IM (2:20.98) and 100 butterfly (1:03.12).
  • Winning two events during the meet was another freshman as Lambert swept the free sprints, winning the 50 free in 25.41 seconds, then hitting the pad first in the 100 free with a time of 55, 95.
  • Other winners in the individual events were Coplan in the 100m backstroke (1:01.18), O’Donnell in the 100m breaststroke (1:11.85) and Hopewell in the 500m freestyle (5:40.79).
  • Hopewell would add a second place in the 100 butterfly and a fourth in the 100 breaststroke.
  • Maruska had strong competition in the freestyle events, finishing second in the 200 and 500m and touching third in the 100m.
  • Tayla Liddle scored a trio of second-place finishes for the Mountaineers in the 100 backstroke, 200 IM and 100 freestyle.
  • The final event on the schedule, the 200 freestyle relay, was the final 1-2 sweep by two Mountaineer foursomes. LynDea Turner, Coplan, Lambert and O’Donnell teamed up for the win in 1:44.12, followed by the foursome of Emma Smith, Yalcin, Afton and Hopewell (1:47.61).


Western hosts its annual Crimson/Slate Intrasquad meet on Saturday, October 8, before diving back into a dual meet with the Colorado State University Pueblo Quad (duals) on Saturday, October 15.


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