Mavericks’ Martin wins RMAC diving title in final home meet
Brock Martin made his final home collegiate swimming and diving meet special.
The Colorado Mesa senior diver had one of the best performances of his career Friday night at El Pomar Natatorium, winning his second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 1-meter diving title. The Mavs continue to lead No. 17 California Baptist in the race for the team title, 891-821. The RMAC championships conclude today.
“They have responded so well to what I’ve asked them to do, they are showing me they are coming together more as a team than I thought they would,” CMU coach Ron Allen said. “The prelims this morning was probably the best session I’ve seen in years from any of the teams I’ve coached. Almost to a person they moved up.”
No. 9 Cal Baptist leads the women’s race with 800 points. Colorado Mesa is second with 554 and Adams State is third with 552.
“Even though we may not have the depth with three, four, five people in the top eight, the people in the consols have moved up and kicked people out,” Allen said. “They’re doing the exact same thing, just not as many in the top eight.”
Martin won the 1-meter dive with a score of 518.30.
“I felt really good,” Martin said. “That was probably the best meet of my life tonight.”
Martin didn’t set a personal high score, but his degree of difficulty was much higher. He went from a 2.6 to a 3.1 on the forward twister and a 2.5 to 2.9 on the back twister.
Knowing it was Martin’s last home competition motivated him to do perform well.
“It’s kind of sad,” said Martin, who started to cry. “It’s been a great four years. I’m definitely going to miss it.
“It made me want to do my best and I did.”
Kent Olsen-Stavrakas decided to compete in 1-meter diving instead of the butterfly figuring, correctly, he’d have a better chance to make the top eight.
The senior sprinter, who won the 50 freestyle on Wednesday, placed eighth in diving with 313.95 points.
“Coach told me to have fun,” Olsen-Stavrakas said. “Either way, it would help the team.
“I messed up one, but I hit the back twister better than I have since I started practicing.”
Olsen-Stavrakas started practicing diving five weeks ago. He was a diver in high school.
Another Mesa senior, Tyler Kaslik, captured an RMAC title with a come-from-behind victory in the 500-yard freestyle. He overtook teammate Jarren Brinton and Cal Baptist’s Elijah Barrows to win the race in 4 minutes, 34.97 seconds.
“We’ve trained together the whole year,” Kaslik said. “(Brinton) knows how I swim. It’s a friendly rivalry. I told him after the 1,000, if I’m going to get second, I might as well get second to a teammate. He said the same thing today.”
Justin Hastings had a similar performance to win the 100 backstroke in 49.70 seconds.
The Colorado Mesa women were led by Abi Young’s third-place finish in the 500 (5:11.61).
Northern Colorado scored five runs in the third inning and held on to defeat Colorado Mesa 6-4 at Jackson Field in Greeley.
The Bears (1-5), a Division I program, hit a two-out, two-run home run off Mesa starter Joey Danner to cap the big inning.
Danner allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings for his first loss of the season.
The 13th-ranked Mavs (4-1) scored one run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the ninth.
Nate Robertson was 2 for 4 with a solo home run and two RBI. Garrett Carpenter and Austin Wallingford each drove in one run.