Cross training

Gymnastics background helps Colorado Mesa divers succeed

Mavs diver Brock Martin credits his gymnastics experience in Wyoming with helping him master some of the difficult dives that earned him a scholarship to Colorado Mesa.

Kelly Hogan is one of the key returnees for the Colorado Mesa women’s swimming team. Hogan is a swimmer new coach Ron Allen calls a ‘racer’ and a ‘competitor.’ The Mavericks open the season Friday by hosting the Intermountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium.


Men’s Soccer

CMU (6-3-1, 4-2) at Adams State (1-8, 1-4), 3:30 p.m., Friday

CMU at CU-Colo. Springs (5-4, 4-2), 11:30 a.m., Sunday

Notes: The Mavericks look to bounce back after a loss at Regis. Mesa is third in the RMAC in goals (2.33 per game) and second in goals allowed (1.0 per game). The Mavs are 5-0 when they score two or more goals. ... Adams State has scored four goals and allowed 23 goals in nine games. ... CU-Colorado Springs has won four consecutive games, including victories over nationally ranked Fort Lewis and Colorado Mines during that stretch. UCCS goalkeeper Brandon Costa received the RMAC defensive player of the week after posting back-to-back shutouts last week.

Women’s Soccer

CMU (7-1-2, 4-1-1) at Adams State (4-6, 2-4), 1 p.m., Friday

CMU at CU-Colo. Springs (8-2-0, 4-2), 2 p.m., Sunday

Notes: Mesa dropped out of the national rankings after a 3-1 loss Sunday at Regis. The Mavericks were ranked 13th last week. ... Mesa is 7-0-1 when it scores two or more goals. ... Adams State has lost four consecutive games. Kaylee Smith leads the Grizzlies with four goals and four assists. ... CU-Colorado Springs has lost two of the past four games after starting the season 6-0. UCCS leads the RMAC in shutouts with six in 10 games.

Cross Country

CMU at Metro State Invitational, 9 a.m., Saturday

Notes: Colorado Mesa competes in its fourth and final meet before the RMAC Championships in two weeks. The Mavericks will run against five RMAC foes, including perennial RMAC contender Adams State. The race takes place at Washington Park in Denver.


CMU women host Dixie State, 5:30 p.m. today; vs. Colorado Christian, 2:30 p.m. Friday; Metro State, 8:30 a.m. Saturday; Mills College, 4 p.m. Saturday

CMU men host Colorado Christian, 2:30 p.m. Friday; Metro State, 8:30 a.m. Saturday; Colorado Mines, 4 p.m. Saturday

Notes: The Mavericks close out the fall season by hosting four women’s duals and three men’s duals. Coach Dan MacDonald plans to shuffle the lineup throughout the weekend. Metro State is perennially one of the top RMAC teams. MacDonald expects Dixie State to be a competitive team.

Gymnasts make good divers.

Gymnastics helped Brock Martin become a four-time all-state diver in high school and earned him a college scholarship.

The Colorado Mesa University junior has qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships his first two years, earning All-America honors in 1-meter last year.

Women divers Amanda Jennings and Savannah Craft qualified for nationals last year in their first collegiate season. Both were gymnasts growing up.

“Gymnastics is a huge plus,” CMU diving coach Chuck Edgar said. “You throw your body around in midair, and you point your toes, hand springs, hand stands. All those things relate to diving. There is a lot of the same skills.”

Gymnastics gave Martin an edge at Evanston (Wyo.) High School.

“(Wyoming high school diving) is really competitive, at least when I was in high school,” Martin said. “My graduating class had a lot of good drivers all around the state. I had to go to diving camps if I wanted to do good. I had a really good coach in high school.

“Without that big competition, it wouldn’t have pushed me to learn some of the dives I did and to go on and put money into the sport. I put a lot of time and effort into it in high school.”

He wants to earn All-America honors on both boards this year. He took ninth in 3-meter last year, which is honorable mention All-America.

Mesa swimming and diving head coach Ron Allen doesn’t have any returning national qualifiers in swimming, but he believes they could qualify some relay teams and possibly a couple of individuals.

“I think we’ll be able to take this team to the next level,” Allen said. “That’s really my gut feeling. With what I saw in the intrasquad meet this past weekend, No. 1, there was so much early season talent that really showed. I think these guys will send more relays to nationals than they have before. Once we get one, two or three relays to nationals, they’ll have some B cuts there, too. I think our representation at nationals will be much improved.”

Allen believes new faces Tyler Kaslik (distance, freestyle), El Hozzaz Mehdi (freestyle) and Garrett Koehler will make a big impact along with the return of Brett Lowe, Kyle Jones, Rob Eisendrath and Josh Scheuerman.

Alejandro Hernandez graduated, Kent Stavrakas is redshirting with a shoulder injury, and Scott Strehlow left the team.

“I think we’ll be darn good this year,” Allen said. “I think one more year down the road we’ll be very, very good.”

The women lost Katie Weidel and twin sisters Jaclyn and Jordan McMillen, but Kelly Hogan and Briana Purkapile return.

“Kelly is a racer,” Allen said. “She’s a competitor. She can turn it on in races.”

Some of the new women include freshman distance swimmer Sydney Miller, freshman Amy Bodie and transfer Luisa Radiac.

The Mavericks begin the season at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the Intermountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium. The Mavericks host the Air Force men, Northern Colorado women and the University of Colorado men’s and women’s club teams.

Allen wants to get a sense of what the CMU swimmers can do this weekend.

“I want to see what they are capable of doing,” Allen said. “I want to see who’s in shape.”

The swimmers likely will swim in two or three of their primary events and one or two of their off events.

The men’s team is picked to finish fourth in the RMAC. The women are picked third. RMAC associate member Grand Canyon is picked to win the men’s and women’s titles.


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