November 4, 2010

Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook breaks one-meter record in first home dual

GREELEY -- In its first home dual of the year, the young Northern Colorado swimming & diving team battled a tough New Mexico team on Thursday evening, eventually falling 136-102 at Butler-Hancock pool.

Junior diver Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook broke the school record in the one-meter diving event, winning with 287.55 points. She breaks the previous record of 276.68 held by Lindsay Tilley from 2000.

True freshman Courtney Van Oost was a double champion for the Bears, winning both the 200 backstroke in 2:08.25 and the 400 IM in 4:37.37. Her time in the 400 IM is a season best and the seventh-best time in school history.

In the final event of the day, the fans came to their feet as the Northern Colorado 400 freestyle relay won a close contest, 3:37.95 to 3:39.13. The quartet of Kira Alger, Sammy Leonard, Van Oost and Jennifer Smith posted the winning time.

Smith was also victorious in the 100 freestyle, swimming a 55.35, to win by 0.29. Senior Tori Gutt won the 200 breaststroke, swimming a 2:26.98 and was second in the 400 IM with her time of 4:39.90.

Freshman Gina Riggle finished second in the 50 freestyle (25.10), while Smith was right behind her in third at 25.14. Riggle was also second in the 200 breaststroke at 2:30.26.

The Bears return to the pool on Nov. 13 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where they compete against host Northern Iowa and South Dakota State.