Mesa swim team will be tested in Vegas

The Colorado Mesa men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams are in the midst of training, and first-year coach Ron Allen is starting to see it pay off.

The Mavericks will see how they stack up against some Division I talent this weekend in the UNLV Winter Invitational in Las Vegas. The three-day meet begins Saturday, and CMU is taking 24 men and 17 women to compete.

“We’re right on track with our training right now,” Allen said. “For example, in our last invitational at home, a large number of them were able to find ways to swim fast even though they were tired and broken down. That bodes well for the end of the season. I think they’re looking good.”

Mesa junior Rob Eisendrath has an extra incentive to perform well.

“This is a homecoming for Robbie,” Allen said. “He did really well there last year. I’m sure he’s looking to make a statement.”

Brett Lowe, Peter Szekely and Mehdi El Hazzaz are having strong seasons as well.

Briana Purkapile and Kelly Hogan are leading the women’s team, and Ashley Ochsner, Samantha Parker and Luisa Radaic have shown improvement.

“One of our biggest keys is to get our relays on track with those (A) cuts,” Allen said. “If we can get our relay times down a bit faster in Vegas, we’ll look good for conference.”

Divers Brock Martin, Ryan Popp, Amanda Jennings and Savannah Craft already have qualified for nationals.

The Mavericks will get a couple weeks off after the UNLV Winter Invitational before hosting the Bill & Peggy Foster Duals on Jan. 12.

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