CSUs Rowley Claims MWC Swimmer of the Year Honors
COLORADO SPRINGS – Rams junior Haley Rowley has been named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Year, joining Kristen Schneider (2003-04 season) as the only Rams to earn the honor.
Rowley was named the MW Swimmer of the Meet at the 2018 MW Championship in February. At the meet she scored 91 individual points, tying for the most of any swimmer at the meet. That point total included wins in the 400 IM and 1650 Freestyle, along with a third-place finish in the 500 Free. She won the 1650 Free by seven seconds while suffering from the flu, posting the second-fastest time in conference history (16:15.50).
Rowley set four individual team records at the MW Championship (400 IM, 500/1000/1650 Free) and was also a part of the record-breaking 800 Free Relay unit.
The human development & family studies major won an additional six events during the regular season, all coming during CSU’s 6-0 stretch in January. Her return to the lineup after the New Year helped spark the Rams to their first 6-0 month in program history.
“I am overwhelmed with emotion,” Rowley said. “I am incredibly honored to receive this award. To me, it is more than just an award, but a testament to overcoming adversity and rising above in the end.The support that CSU athletics has provided me in my unexpected time of need and struggle was unparalleled and helped propel me to such a shocking and successful season. This whole season has truly inspired a whole new perspective and awakening within myself that I cannot wait to share with my teammates going into my senior year. I feel now that anything is possible for the Rams.”
Rowley also had marks this season that qualified as NCAA ‘B’ qualifying times in the 500 and 1650 Free and the 400 IM. She earned All-MW honors in the same three events for the second season in a row.
A product of Centaurus High School, Rowley initially swam for Purdue, but transfered to Colorado State for the 2016-17 school year. She was the Colorado High School Swimmer of the Year in 2015, and took part in the Olympic trials in 2012 and 2015.