Sports Briefs, Sept. 28, 2017
College Swimming & Diving
Mesa’s Bryant, Vreeman selected for RMAC preseason honors
Sam Bryant, who won four individual RMAC titles and was an All-American in two events last season, was voted the preseason swimmer of the year.
The senior from Spring, Texas, finished fifth in the nation in the 1,650-meter freestyle and eighth in the 1,000 free and set five school records last season. The Colorado Mesa men’s swim team tied for second with Oklahoma Baptist in voting by the conference coaches behind California Baptist.
Kelsey Vreeman was selected the women’s preseason diver of the year after an All-America season, placing sixth on the 3-meter board and 15th in the 1-meter competition at the Division II championships. The CMU women are picked to finish second to Cal Baptist.
Also on the men’s preseason team are senior Chris Radomski and sophomore Nico Tscherner, a transfer from NAIA Lindenwood-Belleville (Illinois). Radomski finished third in the 100 fly in the RMAC meet last season and was on two winning relay teams.
Maddie Pressler, a freshman from Mill Creek, Washington, made the women’s preseason team after qualifying for the finals in four events at the Pacific Northwest Washington State Senior Championships last winter.
Montrose rallies to beat Junction
Montrose snapped a three-game skid and a won its first Southwestern League game of the season with an 8-7 victory over Grand Junction on Thursday.
The Indians (8-7, 1-3 SWL) used a pair of three-run innings to sink the Tigers (8-9, 4-2).
Madison Vandehey led off the second inning with a single, one of two hits in a frame where Montrose relied on base running and an error by Grand Junction. With the Indians trailing 7-4 in the fifth, Madisyn Minerich hammered a solo home run, then Vandehey struck again with a two-run home run. An RBI double from Minerich in the sixth drove in the game-winning run.
Minerich was 4 for 4 with a stolen base and was a triple away from the cycle. Vandehey finished 2 for 3.
Fruita grad Baseley McClaskey wins weekly Patriot League award
Former Fruita Monument soccer standout Baseley McClaskey was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after assisting on two game-winning goals for the U.S. Naval Academy.
The left back delivered a corner kick against Howard University that was headed in for a goal and a through-ball against Loyola University that broke a scoreless tie.
McClaskey has seven assists, which as of Wednesday night is tied for second in NCAA Division I soccer.
McClaskey has started 11 games this season and appeared in all 13. Navy sits at 10-3 with a 3-0 league record.