Mesa men’s and women’s teams picked to finish second in RMAC

Colorado Mesa’s men’s and women’s swim teams are picked to place second in the revamped Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The men received one first place vote and is expected to tie for second place with Colorado Mines. New associate member California Baptist University received three of the four first-place votes and is favored to win the conference title. Adams State is picked fourth.

Mesa senior diver Brock Martin in the RMAC preseason diver of the year. Senior swimmers Tyler Kaslik, Rob Eisendrath and Brett Lowe were selected to the preseason All-RMAC team.

The Maverick women received two first-place votes, but are expected to finish second behind California Baptist. Adams State is picked third, Mines fourth and Western State fifth.

Mesa junior diver Amanda Jennings is the RMAC preseason diver of the year. Senior swimmer Briana Purkapile made the preseason All-RMAC team.

Mavs’ Prater wins RMAC award

Colorado Mesa’s Colin Prater received the RMAC men’s golfer of the week award for his performance in the Western New Mexico Intercollegiate Invitational earlier this week.

The freshman from Colorado Springs tied for first place with a three-round score of 209, but lost in a playoff for medalist honors. The Mavericks tied for 12th place in a tournament that included some of the best teams in the region.

Prater carded a first-round score of 4-under-par 68 and shot 5-under 67 in the second round for a four-stroke lead. He shot a 2-over 74 in the final round.

Colorado Mesa plays in the second RMAC Invitational of the season on Monday and Tuesday in Pueblo.

Mavericks defeat Dixie State

The Colorado Mesa women’s tennis team won two close singles matches Thursday night to complete a 6-3 victory over Dixie State (Utah) College.

Kaylee Davis won 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 4 singles and Emily Dodson rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, (10-2) victory at No. 5 singles. Freshman Katie Kirby won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.

The Mavericks (1-0) swept the three doubles matches. Natalie Martin and Davis won 8-6 at No. 1.

Mesa played without junior Kristyn Wykert, who missed the dual for a class, CMU coach Dan MacDonald said.

The nonconference dual started at the Elliott Tennis Center but moved to the Grand Junction Tennis Center because of rain. It finished nearly five hours after it started.


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