November 6, 2009

Gutt Wins Two Events To Help Lead Swimming & Diving


GREELEY, Colo. - Competing at home for the first time in the regular season, the Northern Colorado swimming & diving team dropped a 169.5-108.5 dual to instate rival Colorado State.

Sophomore JJ Smith won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.78, while senior Dawn Adams was second with a time of 25.41. Smith also placed second in the 100 free at 54.64, while Adams was third in 55.24.

Junior Tori Gutt was also victorious in the 200 yard butterfly and 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:15.25 and 2:24.62, respectively. Gutt also finished second in the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:08.34.

Sophomore Kelly Schmeckpepper-Cook finished less than two points out of first place in the three-meter diving with a tally of 260.18, behind Shayna Solomon's total of 261.90. Schmeckpepper-Cook also placed second in the one-meter with a score of 263.03, posting a career-best score.

"I couldn't be more proud of the girls," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "CSU is a tough team and we really got up and raced against them. The girls tend to get a little intimidated when they see Colorado State and they didn't do that tonight and it showed.

"JJ Smith completely came out of nowhere to lead us in the sprints, along with Dawn Adams and it was great to see. I'm very proud of the job they're doing. Brogan Beyette was only 10 seconds off her best time in the mile, which she swam last year at the conference championship at sea level and this is the first time all season we've swam the mile."

Beyette finished fourth in the 1650 freestyle with her time of 18:30.44.

"We raced tonight; it was a good home meet," continued McClanahan. "They performed for the home crowd and it was standing room only, which is a good atmosphere. The girls are getting fast every single weekend. They're headed in the right direction and getting prepared for the conference championship."

The Bears at Northern Iowa against the Panthers and South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 14. The next home meet is Dec. 5 against Wyoming.