GREELEY, Colo. – In her second season as head coach of the Northern Colorado swimming & diving program, Kelly McClanahan has scheduled the top teams in the region, knowing competing against the best will help her team prepare for the inaugural Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Swimming & Diving Championship at the end of the season.
The Bears open up competition at the Intermountain Shootout, hosted by Mesa State, on Oct. 8-9 after hosting an alumnae meet and a Blue & Gold Scrimmage on Oct. 1.
“In order to raise our own level of competition and confidence, we will always schedule teams who are ranked higher than us,” said McClanahan. “Ultimately, we are focused on February and Long Beach. We want to be a top contender for the MPSF Championship walking in the door. The only way to prep for that is to swim the best in the region - going head-to-head with teams from the MWC and WAC. This is one of our best schedules in school history. We are very excited to be hosting Air Force, New Mexico State and New Mexico.”
The team’s three home duals come on Nov. 4 against New Mexico, Dec. 3 against Air Force and Jan. 21 against New Mexico State in the Butler-Hancock Pool. All three meets are slated to begin at 5 p.m.
“We constantly battle for recruits, and want to dominate in that aspect,” said McClanahan. “The home team support the Bears are capable of will show what a great home UNC is for student-athletes. In the end, we will do our very best and leave nothing behind.”
Northern Colorado also swims at Northern Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado State and San Diego State and will face South Dakota State and Tulane in duals throughout the regular season.
The MPSF Championship occurs Feb. 23-26 in Long Beach.
“It’s very exciting to get things rolling for another exciting season,” McClanahan stated. “We are returning 14 girls this year, and with seniors Tori Gutt and Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook leading the charge, we can only move up.”