Changing it up: Mavs have fun in dual vs. CU’s club team

Mesa State’s Travis Pahler comes up for air during the 200-yard breast stroke during Sunday’s meet against the University of Colorado at the El Pomar Natatorium at the college’s Maverick Center.

Mesa State College swimming coach Brian Pearson let the swimmers make the call.

The Mavericks had a laid-back, relaxed meet Sunday against the University of Colorado club team in their final home meet of the season at El Pomar Natatorium. The 24th-ranked Mesa women defeated the Buffaloes 177-53, but the CU men won 103-89.

“We let them do their own lineup today,” Pearson said. “It was kind of nice because they swam some off events and were more relaxed. Actually, the more relaxed they are, the faster they swim.”

Each swimmer chose two events and team captains Madoline Morris, Sarah Hagerstrom and Gina Panacci chose a third event for each of the swimmers.

“It was fun,” Morris said. “You pick an event you know someone would never choose for themselves, an event they can do well when they don’t think they will do so hot.”

Hagerstrom chose the 100-yard butterfly for freshman Travis Pahler.

“It was kind of fun. It was kind of like playing God in a sense,” Pahler said. “I didn’t do horrible, but it kind of hurt. I just don’t do fly at all. The thought went through my mind of just getting out (of the pool).”

Pahler also swam the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, beating teammate Justin Skall to the wall for first place in the breaststroke.

“It was something new, and change is good,” Pahler said. “I was hurting from yesterday, so I just cruised the race and focused on my technique. It’s a good opportunity to focus on my technique. I worried about getting my timing right.”

Freshman Scott Strehlow swam the 50 freestyle, and 100 and 200 backstroke. He beat teammate Eric Flemming in the 200.

“I picked the backstroke because I usually don’t do those at all,” Strehlow said. “It was nice to change it up.

“It went all right. It’s fun to swim an event you usually don’t. You don’t have to stress out about it. I had fun with it.”

Morris, a junior, had some fun swimming the 100 breaststroke as well.

“I’m not a breaststroker, but I was when I was little, so I thought it would be fun,” Morris said. “I’m not disappointed. I didn’t get last, but I did DQ (disqualify), so I guess I was last. I false started. I swam the 200 free right before and was still kind of shaking on the block and that can make you jump before the start.”


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