December 3, 2010

Swimming & Diving soars past Falcons, 165-133

Complete Results

GREELEY, Colo. -- Junior Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook broke her sister's school record in the three-meter diving on Friday evening, scoring 296.4 points to help lead the Northern Colorado swimming & diving team past Air Force, 165-133.

The Bears defeated their second-straight Mountain West opponent to move to 8-1 this season in duals.

Schmeckpeper-Cook broke her sister, Sarah Cook's record of 296.1 from last season and turned around and won the one-meter event with 258.0 points.

"This was meet was a big win for this team," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "I know it has been a few years since we have beat Air Force, and to win 165-133 is great!  Something new happened for the girls tonight, which is going to make them even tougher and better athletes.  They won a meet without swimming the same performances as we have the last three meets.  We didn't have as many season best swims this meet, but still pulled out the 'W.' Sometimes in a sport like this, you just have to get the job done, and these girls did tonight."

The team won nine of the 16 events, including sweeping the top two spots in both diving platforms, the 100 yard free, the 200 yard breast and the 200 yard IM. Despite not having the strongest performance of the year, the Bears did post 13 season-best times or scores.

"I could not be more happy they experienced this, and still pulled off the victory," said McClanahan. "It really shows the heart these girls have, and the team spirit they have for each other.  Not all wins can be pretty and tied up with a red ribbon, with best performances and the win, but we can still overcome not-so great swims and win a meet; and that is what's most important this time of the year."

As they have done all year, the 200 yard medley relay got the Bears started on the right foot, winning the event with a time of 1:50.58. Sophomore Tatum Boehnke then won the 1000 free in a time of 11:15.18, winning by over seven seconds.

Freshman Gina Riggle won the 100 breast in 1:08.59, while fellow freshman Kira Alger was victorious in the 100 free with her time of 54.53. Freshman Courtney Van Oost also won the 200 back in 2:08.69 and senior Tori Gutt touched the wall first in both the 200 breast (2:26.54) and the 200 IM (2:13.49).

The Bears do not get much rest as they return to the pool tomorrow in a dual at Wyoming. Action is scheduled to get underway at 1:00 pm in Laramie.

"We have roughly 12 weeks of the season left, so still a lot of road to hoe," said McClanahan. "We will gear back up again for the Cowgirls tomorrow and CSU next weekend.  I could not be more happy with the way the front half of the season has been going."