Saiz makes national cut in 200 backstroke
Mary Saiz, who placed second in the nation last season in the 200-yard backstroke, picked up Saturday where she left off, winning the event in a national “B” cut time of 2 minutes, 3.42 seconds in the Intermountain Shootout at El Pomar Natatorium.
Kelsey Vreeman was second and Cassie Blakeman third in 3-meter diving, scoring 208.4 and 207.2 points, respectively. Freshman Sam White was third in the women’s 50 breaststroke.
Three Mavericks placed in the top 10 in men’s 1-meter diving, with Sage D’Ambrosia leading the way with a fifth-place finish with 257 points. Noah Macomber was seventh and Shane Gilman 10th.
Morgan Bean was fourth and Chris Radomski fifth in the men’s 100 butterfly, with Josh Bedford finishing sixth in the 200 individual medley and ninth in the 200 breaststroke.
Lucas Martin fought off three match points at No. 6 singles, winning an epic third set 15-13 to clinch the men’s 5-4 victory over Metro State in the final match of the Maverick Duals at Elliott Tennis Center. Martin’s 6-3, 3-6, 15-13 win helped Mesa finish the fall season 4-2.
Mesa took a 2-1 lead after doubles but fell behind 3-2 after dropping matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Max Lindqvist, though, won a three-setter at No. 3 singles, with Will Agritelley doing the same at No. 4, setting up Martin’s thriller after Metro won the No. 5 singles match.
The women’s team lost all three doubles matches and fell 6-3 to Metro, ending its fall season 3-3. Freshman Kristen Kirby, though, won a three-set battle at No. 1 singles with a 10-8 victory in the third set. Emily Beckley won at No. 3 singles and Taylor Hershey at No. 5, both winning third-set tiebreakers. Kirby went 5-1 at No. 1 singles this fall, and she and her older sister, Katie, went 4-2 at No. 1 doubles.
Danny Vavrik led CMU to a fifth-place finish in the Fort Hays State Tiger Invitational by placing 22nd in 24 minutes, 56 seconds in the 8-kilometer race. Blake Graf was 27th in 25:04.
The women’s team had only four runners, with Lauren Lipski placing 27th in 17:58 in the 5K.