CMU swimmers get a long break from the pool

The Colorado Mesa University swimming and diving team survived several weeks of grueling training.

Now, to some of the Mavericks’ surprise, it’s time to relax.

“We’re going through a longer resting period than they are accustomed to,” CMU coach Ron Allen said. “Very few of them have done a three- and four-week rest. I know when I talk to them, a lot of them will say, ‘I don’t know about this.’ They will have to trust.

“I’m excited. The hard work has been put in.”

Colorado Mesa swam an unofficial meet against Manhattan (N.Y.) College last weekend to cap its week of training in San Diego.

The men’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kirk O’Connell, Rob Eisendrath, Peter Szekely and Josh Scheuermann posted its fastest time of the season in the dual with a time of 1 minute, 27.58 seconds.

The Mavericks are off until the RMAC Championships Feb. 14–17 at El Pomar Natatorium.

By then, Allen will have an assistant coach. Kayli Changstrom, the head coach of Class 4A No. 1-ranked Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, will join CMU after the high school state meet, Feb. 8–9.

“She made an admirable decision to finish out the season with Thompson Valley,” Allen said.

Changstrom led the Thompson Valley girls team to the Class 4A state title in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was the Denver Post 4A coach of the year all three seasons. Thompson Valley is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Denver Post this season.

“One of her main jobs is recruiting,” Allen said. “That will help tremendously.”

Changstrom swam at Washington State University.


Colorado Mesa had three women finish in the top 13 and three men finish in the top 12 in the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships last weekend in Madison, Wis.

The Mavericks took third in the men’s and women’s omnium. Brevard (N.C.) College won the team title. Mars Hill (N.C.) College was second.

Mesa was fourth in the men’s standings and third in the women’s standings.

Interim coach Patric Rostel led the men’s team with an eighth-place finish in 50 minutes, 59 seconds. The Mavericks’ Morgan Ryan took 10th in 52:13, Cullen Easter was 12th in 52:18, and Stephen Cochran was 26th.

Robert Rimmer of Virginia Intermont College won the men’s title, finishing in 47:38.

Ariana Dittmer led the CMU women’s team with an eighth-place finish, while Stacy Norris was 12th, and Lexie Millard placed 13th.

Brevard’s Erica Zaveta won the women’s title in 44:57.


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