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Orediggers Swim And Dive Past Mountaineers For First Dual Meet Victory

GUNNISON – Thanks to wins across 10 events, the Colorado School of Mines women's swimming and diving team had it best dual meet performance of the season Saturday at Western State, defeating the Mountaineers in their final home meet by a final of 126-90.

The Orediggers won 10 of 13 events and recorded top times in eight of the 11 swimming events on the way to their first dual meet victory of the 2012-13 campaign.

Junior Cayla Wood accounted for the fastest times in two individual events and was second leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:58.91) with junior Monica Mick and sophomores Shannon Pollmiller and Tasha Pfeiffer. She also claimed the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:25.55 and swam an exhibition time of 1:15.78 in the 100 breaststroke.

Mick swam a 1:03.21 to earn the win in the 100 backstroke and then joined sophomore Hannah Hebberd, freshman Hillary Knaebel and senior Michaela McNiff for the win in the final event of the afternoon, the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.50).

Hebberd, Knaebel and McNiff all captured individual wins as well as Hebberd took the 50 freestyle by less than two tenths of a second with a time of 26.57; Knaebel was fastest in the 100 freestyle in 57.56 and McNiff won the 100 butterfly with a 1:06.64.

Back in her hometown, junior Melissa Ashwood swept the diving events for the first time this year, posting scores of 127.35 and 171.82 on the one-meter board.

With the 2012 portion of the schedule complete, the women are back in the pool on Jan. 18 when Mines hosts Adams State at 5 p.m. at the CSM Natatorium.

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