COLORADO SPRINGS – Following a two-week hiatus, the Colorado School of Mines swimming and diving team returned to the pool Saturday afternoon and earned a split with Colorado College at the Schlessman Natatorium in Colorado Springs.
The men defeated the Tigers, 162-130, while the women fell by the final of 204-85.
Sophomore Zack Gertig, the only two-time RMAC Men's Swimmer of the Week this season, turned in four first-place finishes as the Orediggers claimed 10 of the 16 events on the way to their second dual meet win.
Gertig was victorious in the 50 freestyle (22.19), 100 freestyle (47.63) and 500 freestyle (4:59.56), and anchored the 200 medley relay with sophomore Zach Nahman, senior Matt Bisping and sophomore Will Porter to a top time of 1:37.98.
Nahman went on to claim the 100 backstroke in 54.46 and Bisping later took first in the 200 breaststroke by over five seconds in 2:18.18.
Other top finishers on the men's side included junior Daniel Peter in the 100 breast (1:01.05), Jack McElhannon in the 1000 free (10:35.92), Justin Dearden in the 200 back (201.78) and Mark Repella who claimed his first diving win of the season with a score of 238.80 on the one-meter board.
Freshman Madalyn Gort and juniors Cayla Wood and Monica Mick each took home individual wins for the women. Gort swam away with the top spot in the 1000 freestyle, winning by nearly 13 seconds in 11:47.90, while Wood was seven-hundredths was faster in the 100 breast in 1:13.26 and Mick turned in a time of 2:18.17 to take the 200 back.
Wood and Mick than teamed with sophomore classmates Shannon Pollmiller and Tasha Pfeiffer for second place in the opening swim of the day, the 200 medley relay, finishing with a 1:57.43, just 0.77 seconds back of CCU's winning squad.
The Orediggers are off for the Thanksgiving holiday and make their way back to the pool on Friday, Nov. 30 with a 4 p.m. dual meet at RMAC foe Adams State.