CSUN faces difficulty on road

Victor Flores

The CSUN women’s swim team faced a tough road schedule as they fell to the University of Idaho Vandals and the undefeated Washington State Cougars on Oct. 20-21.

The Matadors fell to the Vandals by a score of 139-66 and to the Cougars 151-50.

Against the Vandals, CSUN had several opportunities to take the top spot in several of the competitions but fell behind by very short periods of time.

In the 200-yard medley relay, Idaho finished ahead of CSUN by less than a second. The Vandals finished in a time of 1:50.24 while the Matadors’ team of Olesya Senicheva, Robyn Johnson, Melanie Cupitt and Sanda Jukic completed the race in 1:50.40.

In the women’s 50-yard freestyle, the Vandals’ Mandy Stone (25.20) just beat out CSUN’s Jukic (25.31) and Elise Schuetz (25.96). Idaho’s Sara Peterson took the 100-yard freestyle with a 54.27 finish just ahead of Sanda Jukic (54.55). In the 200-yard breaststroke, Crystal Streight took the top spot with a time of 2:26.60 and CSUN’s Robyn Johnson took second with a 2:26.75 finish,

CSUN did manage to take several competitions.

In the 1,000-yard freestyle, freshman Shannon Colavito took the top spot with a time of 10:44.72. Idaho’s Courtney Hanson finished right on Colavito’s heels finishing in 10:45.52, while her teammates Amanda Nerbovig (10:56.28) and Jodi Stratton (11:00.59) placed in the third and fourth slots.

The Matadors also managed to take the 200-yard freestyle. Trailing after three laps, Senicheva pulled off an impressive final lap to take the race. Olesya finished in 1:58.17 just ahead of Idaho’s Paige Lee (1:58.50).

Against the Cougars, the Matadors were unable to take any of the events as Washington placed first in every competition.

The 50-yard freestyle featured a close race. Five racers finished within one minute of each other. Bryn Mooney took the race with a 24.98 time. Washington also finished in the second and third spot. Elyse Peterson (25.09) placed second and Katie Van Horne (25.38) placed third. Senicheva (25.40) placed the top spot for the Matadors and fourth overall.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Johnson (1:06.93) placed second for CSUN behind Cougars’ Monika Povilonyte (1:05.83).

Next up, CSUN will travel to Irvine to compete in the Big West Shootout on Nov. 3-4.