Mesa swimming teams win titles in Golden
Katie Wedel won three events Saturday and seven Colorado Mesa University swimmers won two each, as both the men’s and women’s teams claimed titles in the Rocky Mountain Invitational in Golden.
The Mavericks’ women’s team scored 981 points and the men’s team 855.5.
In the women’s meet, Wedel won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 10.24 seconds, the 200 breast (2:33.25) and 100 butterfly (1:01.83). Kelly Hogan won the 200 free (1:58.68) and 500 free (5:21.41) and Jaclyn McMillen won the 100 backstroke (1:01.59) and 200 back (2:13.17).
Briana Purkapile doubled up in the freestyle sprints, winning the 50 (25.74) and 100 (55.65). Brooke Lera scored 234.20 points to win the 1-meter diving and 226.35 points to take the 3-meter title.
The Mavericks won the 400 free relay (3:49.37) and placed second in five events and third in five more to pile up the points.
Kent Stavrakis won the men’s freestyle sprints, the 50 free in 21.10 and 100 in 47.01. Alejandro Hernandez won the 200 butterfly (1:58.81) and 400 individual medley (4:19.64) and Brock Martin won both diving titles, scoring 279.65 in the 1-meter competition and 320.55 in the 3-meter event.
The 400 free relay team finished in 3:14.48 to win, and like the women’s team, scored with depth, placing second in five events and third in four.
Double-figure kills by four players helped the Mavericks snap a three-match conference losing streak in a 3-1 win at Chadron (Neb.) State.
Kelly Regimbal had 16 kills, Haleigh Higgins 14, Rachael Beaty 13 and Antoinette McCormick 12 to lead Colorado Mesa (8-14, 3-9 RMAC) to a 24-26, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 victory.
A four-point run in the third game helped the Mavericks overcome a 10-9 deficit and lead 13-10, and they didn’t trail the rest of the game. Higgins had three kills and Beaty one in the crucial run.
The Mavs fell behind 7-2 in the fourth game, but used a Chadron serving error to jumpstart their comeback. With Higgins serving, the Eagles (5-19, 0-12) had two errors, Beaty recorded a kill and Higgins served an ace to tie the game at 7-7.
Chadron, though, rattled off the next five points before Regimbal got a kill to stop that run. Down 17-13, Higgins sandwiched kills around one by Regimbal, and two more errors by Chadron gave Mesa an 18-17 lead. Down 21-20, though, the Mavericks capitalized on five straight errors to win.
Up 23-21, McCormick and Jordyn Moody teamed up for a block to get it to match point, and they put it away on a Chadron attack error.