This page is a compilation of work I've done in my Sports Writing class. In order from top to bottom, you'll find a recap of the University of Colorado's swim and dive team's second meet, a feature on the men's swim team's captain and a story about the swimmers and divers who participated in CU Drag Show.
Consecutive Wins for CU Swim and Dive
Coming off of a big win at the CSU Ram Invitational, the University of Colorado’s club swim and dive team took first place yet again at the second annual Rocky Mountain Invitational at the University of Utah last week.
The men’s team had nine first-place finishes, and the women team had five. Altogether, the combined team racked up a score of 1,907 and beat out second-place Utah by more than 600 points.
“There was so much energy, so much positivity, with every one cheering each other on,” freshman Erik Stolz said. “We really pulled through and ended up winning by a big margin. It was really satisfying to go out there and win and to bond with the team.” . . . read more
Angelo Baca: Finding His Passion
Angelo Baca looked up at the scoreboard, tracking down his name and looking across the row to find his time. His lungs felt like they were going to give out. He was exhausted.
Baca was swimming in the 200-yard individual medley, an event in which his best time was just over 2:19, at the national club swim and dive competition in Atlanta, Georgia. His goal: cut down four seconds, a feat that took him all season to accomplish. He wanted to do it again in only a week.
When he hit the wall, Baca looked up in disbelief. Two minutes and 11 seconds. He had shaved off double what he wanted to. His team stood at the end of his lane, smirking.
“Yeah, you did that.” . . . read more
Strong Showing from Swim and Dive at the CU Drag Show
It was early in the afternoon, but people were already spraying their bodies gold, duct taping their breasts, wobbling in high heels and painting over their faces with makeup to contort their appearance in preparation for the night’s drag show hosted by the University of Colorado’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
Among the drag queens and burlesque dancers that gathered on November 4 were nine members of the university’s swim and dive team. Some performed their own individual acts, but all of them, in one way or another, helped their teammates in their own performances. . . . read more