Grand Valley Alumni Watch: GJ graduate Forsling sets records in NCAA event

Grand Junction graduate Angel Forsling is making an impact in the pool as a senior at Colorado School of Mines.



A couple of weeks ago, it was hard to imagine how the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships would go for Angel Forsling.

The Colorado School of Mines senior and 2006 Grand Junction High School graduate was fighting a cold.

It turned out much better than she expected.

“I had no idea,” Forsling said. “I got sick Friday before the meet started. I tried to stay focused and wished for the best. It all fell into place for me.”

Forsling set three school and personal records in the NCAA meet just a few days before she received the Elite 88 Award for NCAA Division II women’s swimming & diving.

She placed 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday with a school-record time of 1:05.05 to secure honorable mention All-America status. She placed 19th in the 200 breaststroke with a school-record time of 2:23.19 on Saturday and set a school record in the 200 individual medley on Wednesday with a time of 2:10.43 and finished 36th.

Forsling set a school record in the 50 breaststroke Friday with a time of 30.28 during one of her splits in the consolation finals.

Earlier this week, Forsling received the Elite 88 Award for NCAA Division II women’s swimming & diving.  The Elite 88 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships at the Division I, II and III levels.

“School has been very important part of my life,” Forsling said.

The petroleum engineering major graduates in May and has already lined up a job with Aera Energy in California as a production engineer after doing an internship with the company during the 2008-09 school year.

That year, she didn’t compete with the Mines swimming & diving program.

“I needed to focus on school,” Forsling said. “I had to make sure I’d learn things that would stay with me the rest of my life.

“I wouldn’t change any of my decisions. I was happy I took a year off. I got back in shape. It was a good balance between extracurricular activity and schoolwork.”

Here’s a look at how some college athletes with local ties fared recently:

Wrestling

Tucker Lane (Nucla, 2007), University of Nebraska: The sophomore heavyweight (22-10) took third place in the Big 12 Championships on March 6 and qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships this weekend in Omaha. He is ranked 12th in the nation.

Joe LeBlanc (Meeker, 2007), University of Wyoming: The 184-pound sophomore (35-4), who earned All-American status last season, won the West Regional title on March 6 and qualified for the national championships this weekend in Omaha. He is ranked seventh in the nation.

Charlie Pipher (Hotchkiss, 2004), Western State College: The 184-pound junior (22-3) placed fifth in the NCAA Division II Championships last weekend in Omaha to earn All-America status for the second time in his career.

Golf

Melissa Martin (Central, 2008), Colorado State University: The sophomore is 18th in scoring average (76.1) in the Mountain West Conference. Her best score of the season is 69. The Rams are competing in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii.

If you know of any local athletes with college ties, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 256-4203.


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