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December 1, 2012

Mines, Adams State Split Friday's Swimming & Diving Dual Meet

ALAMOSA – Behind five pool records, the Colorado School of Mines men's swimming and diving team downed host Adams State 102-43 in RMAC action Friday at Plachy Hall Pool in Alamosa, while the women's squad was edged 98-81 in the dual meet.

The men recorded the fastest times in 10 of 11 events, resulting in eight official wins for their second conference dual meet triumph and third overall of the season.

Junior Daniel Peter turned in the first record of the afternoon with a time of 4:25.53 in the 400 individual medley, clearing the two-year old pool mark by 4.45 seconds.

In the next event, sophomore Kyle Burt eclipsed the previous record of 2:07.10 in the 200 butterfly with a 4.18-second winning time of 2:04.40 and classmate Zack Gertig followed with a new record time of 48.01 in the 100 freestyle, winning by over four seconds.

Senior Matt Bisping topped the 50 freestyle field in 23.02 and achieved a new pool best with an exhibition time of 2:16.68 in the 200 breaststroke.

Burt also captured the 200 freestyle by nearly seven ticks, stopping the clock in 1:49.84. Sophomore Jack McElhannon swam away with the win in the 1650 freestyle in 18:08.16, while freshman Justin Dearden posted a 2:06.15 to take the 200 backstroke.

The Orediggers swept the relays for the second time in their last two meets as sophomore Zach Nahman, Peter, sophomore Will Porter and Gertig joined for a winning time of 3:41.96 in the 400 medley relay and later, Gertig and Porter teamed with Burt and senior Tim Moore to claim the 400 freestyle relay in a Plachy Hall Pool record time of 3:19.53.

For the women, freshman Hillary Knaebel and junior Monica Mick each posted wins as Knaebel took first in the 200 freestyle in 2:06.27 and Mick earned the 200 backstroke victory in 2:23.78.

Mick then swam the third leg on the winning 400 freestyle relay with sophomore Hannah Hebberd, senior Michaela McNiff and sophomore Tasha Pfeiffer, combining for a time of 3:57.42.

Hebberd also nabbed two runner-up finishes, taking second in both the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 26.41 and 58.09, respectively. Freshman Madalyn Gort was second-fastest in the 1650 freestyle, touching the wall in 20:39.54.

The women have a short turnaround as the team heads to Western State for a 12 p.m. conference dual meet on Saturday, while the men are done for the calendar year and return on Jan. 18 when the Orediggers host the Grizzlies at the CSM Natatorium.

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