Easing the pressure
Foster Duals give swimmers chance to swim relaxed ... and fast
With the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships four weeks away, Colorado Mesa, Adams State and Western State Colorado took some pressure off and had a more laid-back swim meet at El Pomar Natatorium.
The three programs competed in several nontraditional, non-championship sprint events Saturday in the Bill & Peggy Foster Duals.
The Mavericks’ men’s team defeated Adams State 420-89. The CMU women defeated Western State 458-39, but lost to Adams State 294.5-263.5.
“(The coaches) were interested in having an opportunity to swim fast, but in different events, so there wasn’t that kind of pressure on the kids,” CMU coach Ron Allen said. “A lot of kids right before we start resting will get antsy and freaked out about their times, so having this fun format, they can still swim fast, but not worry so much about where they stand.”
In a traditional event, Kent Olsen-Stavrakas won an intrasquad battle in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 44.86 seconds despite having the fifth-best seeding time entering the swim. Mesa had the top 11 times.
“(Allen) wanted to see how we’ll do after our taper hits, before we start dropping off the yardage and see if we’re ready to go (for the RMAC Championships),” Olsen-Stavrakas said. “I liked it. We had (CMU President) Tim Foster here watching it, all the coaches and buddies on the team. Plus, it’s bragging rights.”
For Allen, it gave him a better idea who to put in the event for the RMAC Championships in four weeks.
“As far as the RMAC, there are a couple huge studs for Colorado School of Mines and (California) Baptist,” Allen said. “That will be a huge challenge how we match up. I wouldn’t say it’s a weakness of ours, but it’s a strength of the other teams.
“I keep harping on it, but the ability to come back and swim in the second or third event of the day is a huge key how well we can score at conference. This kind of test is good because sometimes you don’t have a lot of rest before your next event.”
Allen is confident the CMU men and women will compete for the RMAC title.
“We’re on track,” Allen said. “We’re in position to make a statement.”
Track & Field
Whitney Rowe finished in the top six twice to lead Colorado Mesa to a fourth-place finish against Division II teams in the Air Force Indoor Invitational in Colorado Springs.
The junior was fifth in the 200 meters (25.26) and sixth in the 60 meters (7.68). She had an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.64 seconds in Friday’s preliminary heat of the 60 meters.
Cathryn Ambler placed 10th in the 800 (2:22.67), Quincey Pedersen placed 12th in the high jump (5-foot-1), Monica Reynolds was 16th in the 60-meter hurdles (10.41) and Melissa Bauer was 20th in the 3,000-meter run (12:20.47) for the Mavs.
Shane Niksic led the men’s team to a fourth-place finish by placing ninth in the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 53.51 seconds.
Ryan Reasoner was 10th in the 60-meter hurdles and 15th in the pole vault (13 feet, 1.5 inches).
Colorado Mesa 174-pound freshman Randy Boemer won three matches to take first place in the Second Chance Open at Brownson Arena.
Boemer, who is redshirting this season, won the final by injury default. He reached the final with a technical fall and a major decision.
Eight Mesa wrestlers placed in the top three in the tournament, which is open for all wrestlers, including CMU assistant coach Chris Freije, who won the 157-pound title.
Freije won two decisions to reach the final, where he pinned Logan Addis of Utah Valley in 2:49.
Junior Drew Schumann placed third at 149 pounds with a pin in 2:55.