COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado School of Mines men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled to Colorado Springs Friday and competed in the Air Force Duals at El Pomar Natatorium against the host Falcons, Colorado College and Colorado Mesa.
Led by juniors Monica Mick and Cayla Wood, the women captured four second-place performances on the evening as Mick turned in a time of 1:02.51 in the 100 backstroke and Wood finished in 1:11.85 in the 100 breaststroke.
With a time of 5:42.77, freshman Hillary Knaebal took second in the 500 freestyle, while the 200 freestyle relay of sophomores Hannah Hebberd , Tasha Pfeiffer and Shannon Pollmiller, and senior Michaela McNiff collectively swam a 1:46.39 to finish second only to Air Force.
The men collected a trio of runner-up efforts as sophomore Zack Nahman swam a 55.78 in the 100 backstroke, edging classmate Justin Dearden by less than a second (56.61); senior Matt Bipsing went 1:02.16 in the 100 breaststroke and sophomore Kyle Burt was less than four seconds back with a 5:00.26 in the 500 freestyle.
Behind a 2:02.97, junior Daniel Peter claimed third in the 200 individual medley, while sophomores Will Porter, Jack Schlenker and reigning RMAC Swimmer of the Week Zack Gertig joined with senior Tim Moore for a top-3 finish in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:29.83.
Moore also bettered 11 other swimmers to take fourth in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 50.73, just 0.23 seconds ahead of Porter in fifth.
The Orediggers host Colorado Mesa on Saturday, Oct. 27 in their first home dual meet of the season at the CSM Natatorium.