Air Force Women Wrap Up Competition at Cougar Classic
Nov. 22, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - Posting a pair of Academy top-10 marks on Sunday, the Air Force women's swimming team concluded action at the Cougar Classic Fall Invitational, hosted by Houston at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC). The Falcons finished in sixth place in the team standings with 121 points, while eighth-ranked Texas A&M captured first place overall.
Sophomore Cassie Fletcher (Durham, N.C.) and freshman Katrina Castellanos (Roseville, Calif.) each recorded an Air Force top-10 time in the final day of competition at the Cougar Classic. Fletcher, who already ranks among the Falcons' fastest performers in the 50 freestyle, clocked a time of 52.53 in the `C' final of the 100 freestyle to place 21st overall. The mark ranks as the eighth-fastest in school history.
Meanwhile, Castellanos notched a time of 2:25.20 in the `B' final of the 200 breaststroke, finishing third in her heat and 11th overall. That time ranks as the ninth-fastest in school history. Meanwhile, Rosie Mayou (Fr., Derby, Kan.), who advanced to the `C' final, took 19th place in the event.
In the 1650 free, Rachel Roberts (Fr., Eagle River, Alaska) was Air Force's top performer, posting a time of 18:08.82 to finish 13th.
Kaeli Kluesner (Jr., Denver, Colo.) won the `C' final of the 200 backstroke, turning in a time of 2:08.24 to finish 17th overall, while Shelby Schaefer (Fr., Roseville, Calif.) placed 24th overall in the event.
Sophomore Katharine Ernst (Folsom, Calif.) led the Falcons in the 200 butterfly, finishing fifth in the `B' final and 13th overall after clocking a time of 2:08.46 in the preliminaries. Meanwhile, advancing to the `C' finals in the event were Haley Holcombe (Fr., Snellville, Ga.), Becky Gleason (Sr., Ballwin, Mo.) and Elvira Chiccarelli (So., Panama City Beach, Fla.), finishing 18th, 20th and 24th, respectively.
Air Force concluded the invitational with the 400 freestyle relay, where the team of Esther Kim (Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.), Kluesner, Katelyn Hunter (Sr., La Crescent, Minn.) and Gleason combined for a mark of 3:38.85, placing 14th.
The Falcons have the rest of the semester off before returning to action Jan. 2, when they compete in the Florida International Relays as part of their winter training.