Mesa swimmer Olson-Stavrakas wins two events vs. Missouri St.
Kent Olson-Stavrakas won two events to lead the Colorado Mesa men’s swimming team against NCAA Division I Missouri State University in a nontraditional dual Tuesday at El Pomar Natatorium.
Missouri State’s men’s team defeated Colorado Mesa 133-85. The Missouri State women defeated the Mavericks 147-68.
Olson-Stavrakas won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.07 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 46.23 seconds. Jarren Brinton placed second in the 500 freestyle (4:55.41) and fourth in the 1,000 freestyle (9:57.97) for the Mavericks.
Eryn Leonard led the CMU women with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:01.30) and finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:59.74).
It was Mesa’s first meet since returning from the Christmas break.
“I smiled because it gives you an idea who is in shape and who isn’t,” CMU coach Ron Allen said. “It gives you an idea where we stand. Some slacked off, and some shouldn’t have.”
For the Missouri State Bears, this was their training-trip meet. Missouri State wanted to go to the Olympic Training Center, but it had to look elsewhere because of the expense, Allen said.
“They did a Google search looking for altitude and 50-meter pools, and bingo!” Allen said. “This meet was really to give MSU a meet to satisfy the NCAA requirements. Both of us were happy doing a few off events for variety and to keep it fun. A great example is the 100 free relay. You never see that. They love doing something like that out of the norm.”
The Colorado Mesa men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams leave today for their annual winter training trip in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Mavericks will be training twice a day every day at the International Swimming Hall of Fame facility along with several other college programs, and they compete in one invitational there. They will be there at the same time as Division II programs Clarion (Pa.) University and Edinboro (Pa.) University.
The Colorado Mesa women’s nordic skiing team won the Air Force Academy Invitational last weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch near Tabernash.
Sophomore Mira Hopkins led the Mavericks, placing second in the 15-kilometer classic race and the five-kilometer skate race. Team captain Kacie McCleary finished third in both races, and Courtney Berg and Megan Muelethaler each placed in the top 10 in Mesa’s victory over Wyoming, Western State and Air Force.
Duncan Koehn led the CMU men’s team with a third-place finish in the 15K classic and the 5K skate.
The Mavericks host the CMU Invitational on Jan. 25-26 on Grand Mesa. The competition includes a classic race and a 10K skate race.
Athlete of the Month
Colorado Mesa women’s basketball player Sharaya Selsor received the RMAC female athlete of the month honor for the second straight month.
The senior guard averaged 29.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game in December and was the RMAC player of the week three times that month.
Selsor scored 30 or more points in three of the six games in December, including 40 points against Chadron State.
Selsor and her sister, Katrina Selsor, are the only two Colorado Mesa women’s basketball players to receive the monthly conference award.
Athlete of the Week
Paco Retana earned the RMAC wrestler of the week award this week.
The 197-pound junior was 3-0 with three pins last weekend for the Mavericks.
Retana (7-3) pinned Troy Kilgore of Embry-Riddle in a dual Thursday in Phoenix then pinned Tyler Schlosser of Minnesota St.-Moorhead and Marcus Haughian of Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in a dual tournament Saturday in Phoenix.
The Mavericks wrestle Air Force and Simon Fraser (British Columbia) on Saturday in the Tracy Borah Duals in Gunnison.