January 16, 2010

Divers Help Lead Team To A 2-1 Record At Maverick Meet

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - "Sisters, Sisters... Two different faces, but in tight places, We think and act as one" - Irving Berlin

Both senior Sarah Cook and sister, sophomore Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook posted career best scores in the one- and three-meter diving to help lead the Northern Colorado swimming & diving team at the Maverick Meet, hosted by Mesa State on Saturday. The Bears went 2-1 in dual action, defeating both Adams State (254-13) and Mesa State (200-98) but falling to New Mexico (226-74).

Cook set the school record in the three-meter diving with 296.40, qualifying for the NCAA E Zones and finishing second, while Schmeckpeper-Cook also posted a personal best with 274.90 points to finish fifth. Cook breaks the previous record of 287.25 held by Lindsay Tilley from 2002.

In the one-meter event, Schmeckpeper-Cook finished fifth with a personal best score of 269.85, while Cook was sixth also with a personal best total of 266.65. The great thing for the pair was also competing against the youngest sister in the family, Abby, who is a freshman at Mesa State.

"The girls competed really well today," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "They took advantage of an opportunity to compete in a fast pool. Our divers really stepped up to compete against some of the top divers in the Mountain West Conference."

"This is the toughest part of the season on the student-athletes, mentally," continued McClanahan. "They're swimming and diving at their highest levels of exhaustion, coming off a brutal training trip (in Jupiter, Fla.). The team is competing great though and in six weeks I have no doubt they will surprise themselves at the Conference USA Championships. They just have to stay focused on what's ahead and continue pushing themselves mentally and physically to get the job done."

Senior Tori Gutt broke the pool record in the 200 breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 2:26.83 for the Bears only title on the afternoon. She also finished second in the 200 butterfly swimming a season-best time of 2:13.88. Gutt also had a third-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:41.51.

In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Amanda Donegan also placed third after clocking a 2:30.61.

The quartet of Cheryl Bready, Dawn Adams, Hattie Oatts and JJ Smith clocked a 3:41.06 in the 400 freestyle relay to finish second, while the foursome of Sammy Leonard, Donegan, Gutt and Smith finished third in the 400 medley relay after timing a 4:06.87.

Freshman Tatum Boehnke swam an 18:29.79 in the 1650 freestyle to finish third. Hannah Halstrom and Bready took third and fourth, respectively in the 200 freestyle after touching the pads in 1:59.59 and 1:59.76. Bready's was a season-best time for the Texas sophomore.

A 1:01.76 in the 100 backstroke had Leonard finishing third, while Donegan timed a 1:09.92 for third in the 100 breaststroke. In the 50 free, Smith and Adams finished back-to-back, placing third and fourth in 25.38 and 25.51, respectively. Adams also had a third-place finish in the 100 free in a season-best time of 55.21.

The divers compete on Jan. 29 at the Air Force Invitational, while the swimmers return to the Butler-Hancock pool for a dual with San Diego State on Jan. 30. The meet is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and admission is free.