October 24, 2009

Swimming & Diving Starts With Double Dual at Air Force


AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - It was almost a Homecoming of sorts for Northern Colorado swimming and diving head coach Kelly McClanahan in her first meet of the season as she took the Bears to Air Force for a double dual against Air Force and TCU, two teams she faced often as an assistant at Wyoming for the past several years.  The Bears lost the dual with Air Force 174-124 and fell to TCU 195.5-97.5.

Junior Tori Gutt continued her stellar career at Northern Colorado, winning the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:26.13 and the 200 IM with a clocking of 2:13.11. Gutt already owns the school's record in the 200 breast and has the third-best clocking in the 200 IM. She also swam a 2:13.99 to finish fourth in the 200 butterfly.

Kelly Schmeckpepper-Cook and Sarah Cook finished second and third, respectively in the 3-meter diving with scores of 220.10 and 216.40. Schmeckpepper-Cook also took third in the 1-meter with a tally of 233.90. Sophomore Sammy Leonard placed third in the 100 back in 1:01.46.

Freshman Tatum Boehnke finished fourth in the 1000 yard free, swimming an 11:03.07, while Hannah Halstrom broke up four TCU swimmers in the top five of the 200 free, finishing fourth in 2:00.49. Sophomore Amanda Donegan tied for fourth place in the 100 breast after timing a 1:10.26 and also finished fourth in the 500 free with her time of 5:26.11. After swimming a 24.92, sophomore Jennifer (JJ) Smith found herself in fourth place. Cheryl Bready also finished fourth, swimming a 2:15.86 in the 200 backstroke.

The Bears are back in the pool for competition on Oct. 29 at the New Mexico Relays then have a double dual against New Mexico State and Northern Arizona on Friday and Saturday in Las Cruces.