DENVER – The Colorado School of Mines swimming and diving team was back on the road Saturday as the Orediggers made the short jaunt to Denver's El Pomar Natatorium to take on the host Pioneers and the Vandals of Idaho.
The men held their own against the Division I competition, recording seven first-place results, while the women collected a pair of top-five finishes on the afternoon.
Sophomore Zack Gertig notched the first win of the day, topping nine other swimmers in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.49.
Two events later senior Matt Bisping took first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.56, followed by a top finish in the 500 freestyle by sophomore Kyle Burt in 4:56.82. Senior Tim Moore earned first-place points with a 55.90 in the next event, the 100 butterfly, and junior Daniel Peter claimed the top spot in the 400 individual medley, touching the wall in 4:22.99.
Gertig, Bisping, Moore and sophomore Will Porter than teamed up for a first-place showing in the final swimming event, the 200 freestyle relay, with a time of 1:28.72.
For the women, freshman Madalyn Gort turned in an 11:32.74 for fifth position in the grueling 1000 freestyle, while classmate Camille Davis was sixth-fastest in the 200 backstroke with a 2:18.38, edging junior teammate Monica Mick by nine-tenths of a second.
Mick and junior Ali McCall added a pair of six-place efforts in the 100 backstroke (1:03.25) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.78), respectively. Mick than joined with senior Michaela McNiff and sophomores Hannah Hebberd and Tasha Pfeiffer to take fifth place in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46.62.
The Orediggers are idle for the next two weeks, before returning to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 17 as the teams compete in a dual meet at Colorado College, beginning at 10 a.m.