GRAND JUNCTION – The Colorado School of Mines swimming and diving teams opened the 2012-13 campaign with a setback Saturday as Colorado Mesa swept its home dual meet at El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction with victories of 129-114 on the men's side and 120-73 in the women's competition.
The men were led by a quartet of sophomores, including Zack Gertig who had a pair of first-place showings, as he bested the 100 freestyle field in 47.57 seconds and swam a 1:45.02 to top the 200 distance.
Zach Nahman claimed the 200 back by over three ticks in 1:59.50; Kyle Burt was over 12 seconds better in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:50.45 and Jack McElhannon hung on down the stretch to take the 1650 freestyle in 17:40.63.
Junior Daniel Peter took the 200 individual medley by over two seconds with a time of 2:00.37, while senior Matt Bisping edged Peter by 0.89 with a 2:15.09 in the 200 breaststroke.
Leading the way for the Oredigger women was juniors Monica Mick and Ali McCall who won the 200 back and 200 breast with times of 2:17.46 and 2:46.55, respectively.
The 200 freestyle relay of sophomores Hannah Hebberd and Tasha Pfeiffer, freshman Kaity Hillgartner and senior Michaela McNiff also collected a win, posting the top time of 1:47.68.
Next up for both squads are the Air Force Duals in Colorado Springs on Friday, Oct. 19 against the host Falcons, Colorado College and Colorado Mesa.