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Swimming Voted Second, Fourth In RMAC Preseason Poll; Three Chosen All-Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado School of Mines men's and women's swimming and diving were selected second and fourth, respectively, in the RMAC Swimming & Diving Preseason Coaches Polls on Thursday.

Led by Preseason All-RMAC swimmers Daniel Peter and Zack Gertig, the men totaled six points, tying last season's runner-up Colorado Mesa for second in the voting, while the women and preseason honoree Cayla Wood received 13 points, three better than Western State in fifth.

Associate member California Baptist topped three ballots in each vote to sweep the polls. CMU earned one first-place nod in the men's scoring and two in the women's to rank second, and Adams State scored nine points in each poll, taking third in the women's classification and rounding out the men's tabulation in fourth.

Peter, a two-time RMAC First Team All-Academic and CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, recorded 13 individual top-five marks and six wins in 2012-13, including wins in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 100 fly against Colorado Mesa. He placed fourth in the 200 IM (1:53.28) and seventh in the 200 breast (2:07.63) at the RMAC Championships, and helped reestablish the 400 medley relay school record, taking fourth in 3:22.99.

Gertig was a four-time All-RMAC recipient last season, highlighted by second place and Second Team merit with an "A" cut and program-best 1:38.97 in the 200 free. He anchored three relays to school records, inlcuding Third Team All-RMAC accords in the 200 medley (1:32.65) and 800 free (6:53.59).

Twice named RMAC Swimmer of the Week, Gertig touched 31st in the 200 free (1:40.32) and 46th in the 100 free (46.16) at the NCAA Championships in March.

A two-time RMAC First Team All-Academic, Wood amassed six top-10 times at the conference championships, including seventh in the 400 IM (4:44.47), eighth in the 200 breast (2:30.22) and 10th in the 200 IM (2:13.09). She broke the Mines record with the 400 free relay in an exhibition time of 3:39.28 and clocked a program-best 11:02.68 in the 1000 free.

The men and women finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the conference meet in 2013, combining for 13 All-RMAC selections.

The Orediggers begin the season at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Denver Relays, hosted by the University of Denver at El Pomar Natatorium.

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2013-14 RMAC MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Rank 
School (1st-Place Votes)      Points    
1. California Baptist (3) 3
2. COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
6

Colorado Mesa (1) 6
4.
Adams State
9


*California Baptist is an associate member of the RMAC in men's swimming & diving. Lindenwood University will join RMAC in 2014-15.


2013-14 RMAC WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Rank 
School (1st-Place Votes)      Points    
1. California Baptist (3) 5
2. Colorado Mesa (2)
7
3. Adams State
9
4. COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
13
5. Western State
16


*California Baptist is an associate member of the RMAC in women's swimming & diving. CSU-Pueblo and Lindenwood University will join RMAC in 2014-15.

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