Purkapile wins two events for Mavericks

Briana Purkapile won two individual events and was on a first-place relay team to lead the Colorado Mesa women’s swimming team to victories over Adams State and the Colorado School of Mines in duals Sunday in Alamosa.

The Mavericks defeated Mines 69-25 and Adams State 49-46. The CMU men defeated Adams State 66-28 but lost 52-41 to Mines. The CMU men and women team combined to win both duals over Adams (115-74) and Mines (110-77).

The sophomore took first place in the longest distance event, 1,000-yard freestyle, in 11 minutes, 25.61 seconds, and first place in the second shortest event, 100 freestyle, in 55.87 seconds.

She swam the second leg of the first-place 800 freestyle relay (8:24.02). Kelly Hogan, Gina Panacci and Katie Wedel swam on the relay.

The men’s 800 freestyle relay took first place as well in 7:0.64. Peter Szekely, Jeremy Jenkins, Jordan Heggen and Michael Carricato swam the relay for the Mavs.

CMU senior Jaclyn McMillen won the 100 backstroke (1:01.40) and Hogan won the 200 freestyle (2:02.51).

The CMU men were led by Drew Vandermeer. The sophomore placed second in the 100 freestyle (49.75) and second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.46).

Scott Strehlow was second in the 200 freestyle (1:59.04) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.67). Jacob Smith took second in the 200 individual medley (2:11.44), Ryan Dake was second in the 100 back (57.04) and Heggen placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:18.23).


Brooke Bosman took over first place in the Rocky Mountain Conference in the Air Force Academy Invitational last weekend.

The Colorado Mesa senior finished three seconds behind a University of Wyoming skier Bridget Weiner in the 10-kilometer skate at Snow Mountain Ranch on Saturday, but easily beat Weiner in the 10km classic race on Sunday at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. CMU’s Kacie McCleary took third place in the skate and fourth in the classic and is fourth in the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Senior Tre Anastasia led the CMU men’s team, placing fourth in the RMC. He was third in the skate race and eighth in the classic. Freshman Duncan Koehn took eighth in the skate, seventh in the classic and is seventh in the RMC. Dustin Wanstrath is eighth in the RMC (sixth in skate, 11th in classic).

The invitational was a U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association event and Rocky Mountain Conference qualifier.

The Mavericks host the CMU Invitational Jan. 28-29 at Skyway on Grand Mesa.


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