Sports Briefs, March 9, 2017
CMU’s Blakeman an All-American
Cassi Blakeman of Colorado Mesa’s swimming and diving team claimed All-American status in the women’s 1-meter springboard on Thursday with her eighth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Blakeman, a sophomore, notched a six-dive finals score of 389.4 after squeaking past prelims with a score of 393.5. West Florida’s Monica Amaral won the national title, finishing at 478.25.
Mesa freshman Kelsey Vreeman (374.7) finished 15th. The finish by Blakeman and Vreeman gave the Mavericks 13 points, which placed them 26th in the 32-team national field. Queens (North Carolina) leads the team standings at 245.
Sam Bryant placed 10th in the 400-yard individual medley by finishing second in the consolation finals in 3 minutes, 50.78 seconds. His finals time beat three swimmers in the championship heat.
Mesa’s 400 medley relay team of Eric Berg, Josh Bedford, Chris Radomski and Sky Hirsh took 13th in 3:17.73, good for fifth place in the consolation final. Both the men’s and women’s 200 freestyle relay fell short of the consolation finals.
The Mavs have 57 points, good for 15th place. Queens has a commanding lead with 296, with Drury, Missouri, in second place at 187.
Mesa rakes in RMAC awards
Colorado Mesa’s swimming and diving team was well represented when the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released its all-conference award winners Thursday.
Mesa senior Sam Bryant was selected the RMAC men’s swimmer of the year, sophomore Cassi Blakeman is the RMAC’s women’s diver of the year, and first-year CMU coach Geoff Hanson earned coach of the year honors.
Blakeman, who took third in the 1-meter springboard and second in the 3-meter at the RMAC championships last month, is joined by Bryant, who won four individual events at the conference meet held at El Pomar Natatorium. Hanson was voted men’s coach of the year after he guided the Mavericks’ men’s team to its second RMAC title and first since 2014.
College Track & Field
Foster trails in D-II heptathlon
Colorado Mesa junior D’Angelo Foster is in 14th place in the 14-athlete field in the men’s heptathlon after the first day of the Division II track and field championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Foster didn’t place last in the 60 meters, long jump, high jump or shot put, but his 2,710 point total trails Travis Turner of Alaska Anchorage and Tanner McNutt of Pittsburgh State, who are tied for 12th at 2,730. Azuza Pacific’s Shakiel Chatto had 3,242 points after the first day.
Today’s heptathlon events include the pole vault, 60-meter hurdles and 1,000 meters. Mesa’s other national qualifier, sophomore Nolan Ellis, competes in the pole vault Saturday.