January 7, 2011

Swimming & Diving drops two in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Competing against both San Diego State and Tulane on Friday afternoon, the Northern Colorado swimming & diving team dropped duals to both clubs, falling 107-87 to SDSU and 126-70 to Tulane.

Once again, the 400 IM tangent of senior Tori Gutt and freshman Courtney Van Oost was the shining spot for the Bears. Gutt won the event with a season-best time of 4:36.73, while Van Oost touched the wall third in 4:44.49. Gutt also finished second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.31.

Senior Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook was another highlight for the team as she finished second in both the one- and three-meter events, scoring 246.30 and 267.30, respectively.

The 800 freestyle relay quartet of Amanda Donegan, Alicen Fair, Gutt and Kira Alger finished behind a pair of Tulane teams, timing an 8:09.83 for third.

Freshman Gina Riggle finished fifth in the 100 fly in 1:01.87 and in the 100 breast in 1:09.59. She then came back to place fourth in the 100 IM (1:02.96), just ahead of fellow freshman Jamie Byrne (1:04.61).

The same three teams take the water tomorrow to conclude the winter training trip for the Bears.