October 21, 2011

Swimming drops dual at Air Force

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – In the second dual of the season the Northern Colorado swimming & diving team came up a little short against the Air Force Academy, losing 188-107.

"Despite our great swims, Air Force simply outswam us," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "I felt the girls put up a good fight and swimming at 7200 feet can be tough, but we simply didn't have enough tonight to pull out the win. We have a lot to work on when we get back in the pool on Monday."

Sophomore diver Sarah Moldenhauer continued her hot streak by winning both the one- and three-meter boards. She scored 255.23 points for first place in the three-meter and 235.57 in the one-meter. She was the only Bear to win any of the 16 events on the evening.

"Moldenhauer continues her winning streak with diving, which is good preparation for her and for conference," said McClanahan. "She'll be back at this venue for the conference championship, so diving her now and at Christmas break should more than put her over the edge of her competition."

In the 1000 freestyle, the Bears swept spots 2-4. Freshman Gina Cernohous timed an 11:02.16, while junior Tatum Boehnke touched the wall in 11:10.16 for third and sophomore Alicen Fair swam an 11:16.46 for fourth.

Sophomore Gina Riggle finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.72, while fellow sophomore Courtney Van Oost timed a 2:10.27 for second place in the 200 back. Riggle and sophomore Renee Stephens finished back-to-back in the 200 breast, 2:28.04 and 2:33.09 for second and third, respectively.

The AquaBears also were second-fifth in the 500 free. Freshman Casey Wolter timed a 5:24.17, while Fair was third in 5:28.13, Boehnke placed fourth in 5:29.73 and freshman Kellie Burke rounded it out with her time of 5:32.78.

Van Oost came back to finish second in the 100 fly in 1:01.32, while Riggle clocked a 1:02.26 for third. Freshman Brittany Walters (1:03.99) and sophomore Christina Gregory (1:04.44) also were fourth and fifth.

Freshman Hannah Abelein touched the wall in 2:15.27 for second place in the 200 IM, while sophomore Jamie Byrne was right behind her in 2:16.13 and Cernohous took fourth in 2:17.66.

The quartet of freshman Jessica Reed-Baum, senior Sammy Leonard, Boese and junior Kira Alger finished the night second in 3:40.01.

"We had some great swims tonight," said McClanahan. "Almost every girl finished under her season best time – once converted from 7200 feet. Gina (Riggle) was just off the 100 breaststroke record again, Hannah Halstrom was well under her season-best and very close to her career-best 200 fly time. The 1000s were excellent swims and Brenna and Jessica continue to impress me as freshmen."

The Bears return to the pool on Monday in preparation for the dual against New Mexico on Oct. 27.