Northern Colorado swimming defeats Colorado State for first time in history

Northern Colorado swimming and diving defeated its in-state rival Colorado State for the first time in program history.

UNC defeated CSU on Friday in Fort Collins, 113-91. The Bears recorded nine wins, including both relays, and moved to 9-1 on the season after the victory.

“Tonight was another big step for our team,” UNC head coach Lisa Ebeling said in a statement. “CSU is a strong program and historically has been way out of our league. This was a fun win for us to close out the dual meet season. Now it’s time for the girls to fine-tune for the WAC Championships and reap the rewards of their hard work this season.”

UNC started the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

Junior Anna Austin won the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle races. Austin’s 10:33.69 time in the 1,000 free was a season best.

Freshman Chelaine Van De Westhuizen picked up her first individual win of the season when she topped the competition in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Fellow freshman Saana Liikonen helped secure three wins on the night. She anchored both relays and won the 50-yard free.

Junior Madelyn Moore also continued her dominance for the Bears. She swam in the leadoff spot for the relays and earned her own win in the 100 free.

Paula Nunez Blazquez, sophomore from Spain, added to UNC’s winning ways with a victory in the 400 individual medley.

Lastly, freshman Katelyn Bergin touched the wall just .17 seconds before CSU’s Jennae Frederick. She also participated in the 200 free relay.

CSU recorded wins in the 200-yard free and 100-yard backstroke.

UNC is set to attend Denver’s First Chance Meet on Friday. The WAC Championships are scheduled to begin on Feb. 17 in St. George, Utah.