Mesa State’s Katie Wedel makes national B cut in 400 individual medley
Mesa State College swimmer Katie Wedel made school history last weekend.
The freshman from Pueblo is the first Mesa State swimmer to have a national B cut time.
She did it in the 400-yard individual medley last weekend against Alaska-Fairbanks with a converted time of 4:40.97. It is the 18th best time in all Division II.
She took second behind the Nanooks’ Mari Pavlovskaya with a time of 5:19.16 measured in meters. It was converted to 4:45.97 in yards then because of altitude was dropped five seconds, which makes the B cut standard.
“That’s pretty phenomenal,” Mesa State coach Brian Pearson said. “We are torn down and emotionally drained. When she is rested and tapered, she should be close (to qualifying for the NCAA Division II national championships).
“She’s a tough kid. She’s been working on her IM. She has a strong breaststroke and freestyle. It’s good to have (assistant coach) Dan France. He is a backstroke technician.”
The national A cut, which is the time determined for national qualifiers, is 4:33 in the 400 IM.
Wedel will get her first opportunity to trim her time this weekend when the Mavericks compete in their final meet before the RMAC Championships, the 11th annual Colorado College Classic. The meet starts today with distance events and ends Sunday.
Mesa State will compete against Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado club team and Metro State’s club team.
“We’ve got a shot to bring home some hardware,” Pearson said. “It will be a fun meet for us.”
Mesa State will get to see how it measures up against some Division I programs Saturday in the Boise State Blue & Orange Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.
The Mavericks will compete against Boise State, Nevada, Northwest Nazarene, Utah Valley, Concordia, Utah State and Eastern Oregon.
With three meets left before the RMAC Championships, two Mesa State athletes have posted top 5 times.
Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos is second in the RMAC in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:04.02. Monique Keck is fifth in the one mile with a time of 6:08.39.