October 31, 2009

Swimming & Diving Concludes Busy Weekend


LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A long road trip and three long days in the pool early in the season is what most coaches call a test of fortitude and that's exactly what stared down the Northern Colorado swimming and diving team over the weekend. The Bears spent more than eight hours driving through snowy conditions on Thursday morning, then swam at New Mexico on Thursday evening. The next morning they drove to Las Cruces, where they've competed the last two days.

On Friday, the Bears dropped a 129-107 decision to New Mexico State in a relay format. Saturday the team lost 220-79 to the Aggies and 224-75 to Northern Arizona in a double dual.

Senior Tori Gutt finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.88 and also placed fourth in the 200-yard butterfly after swimming a 2:15.47. She also swam a 2:11.44 to place third in the 200 IM.

Sammy Leonard finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.48, while JJ Smith also placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle after clocking a 25.37.

Kelly Schmeckpepper-Cook scored 237.10 to take second in the one-meter and also tallied 247.15 to finish fourth in the three-meter diving.

On Friday evening, Schmeckpepper-Cook and sister Sarah Cook swept the top two spots in one-meter diving with scores of 237.68 and 212.32, respectively.

The Bears trio of Amanda Donegan, Allison Scott and Gutt won the 300-yard breaststroke relay with a time of 3:33.53, while Dawn Adams, Hattie Oatts, Leonard and Smith clocked a 1:41.54 in the 200-yard free relay for first.

The Bears return to the pool on Nov. 6 when they host in-state rival Colorado State at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to the event in the Butler-Hancock Pool.