GOLDEN – In its home-opening meet of the season, the Colorado School of Mines swimming and diving team welcomed Colorado Mesa to the CSM Natatorium on Saturday and came away with a 131-112 win on the men's side, while the Mavericks clinched the women's competition with a final tally of 161-55.
Led by a pair of first-place finishes and 18 points from junior Daniel Peter, the men collected wins in eight of the 13 events en route to their first dual meet victory of the season. Peter claimed the 400 IM with a time of 4:21.23 as Mines went 1-2-3 in the race with Justin Dearden grabbing second (4:30.37) and Dylan Woldt taking third (4:36.02), and shortly thereafter captured the 100 butterfly in 54.36.
The sophomore trio of Kyle Burt, Zack Gertig and Zach Nahman, as well as senior Matt Bisping also captured wins in the individual heats. Burt took the 1000 freestyle in 10:04.94; Gertig claimed the 100 free with a 47.63; Zahman topped classmate Mack King in the 100 backstroke in 54.95; and Bisping was fastest in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.64.
Along with the impressive individual efforts, the Orediggers also swept the relays as the team of Nahman, Bisping, sophomore Will Porter and senior Tim Moore turned in a 1:38.07 in the 200 medley relay, while Gertig and Burt joined with Porter and Moore to capture the last event of the afternoon, the 400 freestyle relay, by over four seconds in 3:13.86.
Mark Repella finished second in both diving events, earning a score of 224.25 on the three-meter board and a 242.55 at the one-meter height.
Junior Monica Mick led the women with a first-place time of 1:02.51 in the 100 backstroke and took second in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 26.59.
Sophomore Tasha Pfeiffer went second (58.46) and third (2:06.85) in the 100 and 200 freestyles, respectively, and also served as the anchor of the 400 freestyle relay with senior Michaela McNiff, sophomore Hannah Hebberd and freshman Hillary Knaebel that finished runner-up with a 3:53.65.
Knaebel edged Pfeiffer for second in the 200 free (2:05.26), while Cayla Wood clipped classmate Ali McAll for the number two slot in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.14). McCall also took third in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.54.
Mines is back in the pool a week from today on Nov. 3 as the team takes on Division I foes Denver and Idaho at noon at Denver's El Pomar Natatorium.