Colorado Mesa's swim team completed its impressive performance at El Pomar Natatorium Saturday, winning every men's race in the four-day A3 Performance Invitational, cruising to the team title with 1,604.5 points.

The women's team also easily won with a meet-record 1,465 points. Colorado School of Mines was a distant second with 973.5 points in the men's meet and Dixie State was second in the women's meet with 710 points.

Another 27 provisional qualifying times for the Division II national championships were attained by CMU swimmers.

The CMU men's 400-yard freestyle relay team set a meet record, finishing in 3 minutes, .01 seconds. Lane Austin, Mahmoud Elgayar, Jordan Smith and Noah Vallee teamed up to win the final race of the meet.

Jackson Wuthrich of Colorado Mesa was the men's swimmer of the meet, based on the most individual points scored, with Colorado Mines' Mia Wood earning the women's swimmer of the meet award.

Pedro Torres Illescas led a 1-2-3 sweep of the men's 200-yard butterfly, winning in pool-record time of 1 minute, 46.54 seconds, also a national B cut time and just missing the A cut of 1:46.09.

Tucker Adams was second and Jake Simmons third, also qualifying for nationals. The Mavericks swept the top three spots in the 100 free, led by Vallee (46.02), with Smith second and George Durin third.

Torsten Rau won the 1,650 freestyle (15:56.06) and Logan Ellis was third, both B cut times.

Also winning events for the CMU men were Austin (200 backstroke, 1:49.48) and Elgayar (200 breaststroke, 1:59.27, a meet record).

Lauren White, Davy Brown and Jordyn Beem placed second, third and fourth, respectively, in the women's 200 backstroke, all qualifying for nationals, and Sarah Fillerup set a qualifying mark in prelims.

Maddie Pressler won the women's 100 freestyle in 51.75 and Bella Walters won the 200 butterfly in 2:06.23, both B cut times, and White, Pressler, Noel Scott and Natalie Saul teamed up to win the 400 free relay in 3:20.00.

Men's Basketball

For the second straight night, the Mavericks attacked the basket at will, scoring 44 points in the paint in an 89-66 victory over Midland University (Nebraska) at the Comfort Inn Classic in Gunnison.

"It was a good night. I thought in the first half we had better energy than last night in the first half so we're moving in the right direction," coach Mike DeGeorge said.

Colorado Mesa (2-2) established the inside game by getting the ball to center Clay Verk, who scored 10 points, and the guards attacking from the wing.

Georgie Dancer and Tommy Nuno scored 16 points each, with Nuno going 7 for 7 from the field, helping the Mavericks shoot nearly 68% from the field in the first half and 57% for the game.

Defensively, Mesa handled the Warriors' dribble-drive offense, clogging the lane and then getting out on shooters to build a 51-29 halftime lead.

David Rico came off the bench and scored 11 points and Kolton Peterson added 10. Michael Skinner scored nine points and had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Mesa stretched a seven-point lead to 18 in a 3½-minute span of the first half and Nuno drove for a short jumper with 3:08 left in the half to put CMU up 25 points, 45-20.

Mesa's biggest lead was 33 points, 73-40, seven minutes into the second half on a jumper by Dancer.

The Mavs' second unit got significant playing time in the second half and contributed 28 points, with Jared Small and Ethan Menzies scoring six each.

"I was really pleased with that," DeGeorge said. "We need to be able to play without Tommy and Mike (Skinner) in the game and have success, find roles and be productive for extended periods of time. That helped those guys grow."

Women's Basketball

The Mavericks failed to take care of the ball, especially late in the game, and lost 56-52 to Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) in their final game of the Dixie State Classic.

Colorado Mesa (2-2) didn't respond to the Nighthawks' aggressive defense and got off to a slow start, down 13-2 early before fighting back.

The Mavericks committed 28 turnovers, many by simply not going to meet passes. The 28 turnovers were the most by a CMU team since 2014. Northwest Nazarene scored 25 points off turnovers.

"We did shy away from wanting the ball in our hands," CMU coach Taylor Wagner said. "A lot of times we were waiting for it to come to our hands, we didn't go get it. They went and got it and stepped in front of our players."

Mesa had a half-dozen turnovers in the first quarter and didn't score for nearly three minutes but regrouped and led 30-26 at halftime, and was up six with five minutes to play.

In the final 3½ minutes, CMU committed seven turnovers, leading to seven points for the Nighthawks (3-3). The Mavericks went from leading 52-46 to trailing 53-52 and didn't score in the final 4:32.

Kelsey Siemons finished with 15 points for the Mavericks and Sierra McNicol added 10.

"You're never going to win a game turning it over 28 times," Wagner said. "It's unfortunate, we had that six-point lead with a couple minutes to go and couldn't put it away. We played to keep the lead, not to win the game."


Fred Green, who will join Colorado Mesa's lineup in the spring semester, won the 165-pound championship in the elite division of the Nebraska-Kearney Open.

Green has one semester of eligibility remaining and is competing as an unattached wrestler in open tournaments this semester. He pinned Tanner Cook of South Dakota State in the semifinals, then defeated Skyler Lykins of Colorado Mines in the championship, needing only 29 seconds to record the pin.

Donnie Negus reached the final of the 197-pound bracket, losing to Chadron State's Wade French 9-2. Negus defeated French 5-0 last week at Brownson Arena.

Nolan Krone placed third at 184 pounds, defeating Aryus Jones of Fort Hays State 7-0 in the third-place match. Three other Mavericks were sixth in the elite division, Collin Metzgar at 125 pounds, Hayden Harris (165) and Seth Latham (174).

In the amateur division, Dyllan Fuchs was second at 157 pounds, forfeiting the championship match — Fuchs has been injured the past three weeks and was in his first competition. Kash Anderson placed fourth at 197 in the amateur division and Sebastian Peterson was sixth at 125.

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