Air Force Men, Women Each Pick Up Two Wins on Friday

Air Force vs. Colorado Mesa, Colorado School of Mines

  • Nov. 1, 2019
  • USAFA, Colorado
  • Men: Air Force def. Colorado School of Mines 183-106; Air Force def. Colorado Mesa 171-123; Colorado Mesa def. Colorado School of Mines 195-99
  • Women: Air Force def. Colorado School of Mines 206-84; Air Force def. Colorado Mesa 178.5-117.5; Colorado Mesa def. Colorado School of Mines 231.5-62.5
  • Results

Courtesy: Air Force Athletics

USAFA, Colo. – The Air Force Academy men’s swimming and diving team opened up the 2019-20 home slate with two commanding dual wins, 183-106 over the Colorado School of Mines, and 171-123 over Colorado Mesa, Friday evening, Nov. 1, at the Cadet Natatorium.

In the 16-event meet, the Falcons claimed gold in 12 of the events, including the two relays, two diving events, and eight individual wins.

Starting with the 200 medley relay, senior Zach Nelson, and sophomores Isaac Gwin, Andrew Limpert, and Corey Shepard took first. In the final event, the 400 free relay, AF also took gold as junior Erik Orr, sophomores Matthew Lattin and Wyatt Boswell, and freshman Wen Zhang took first.

Gwin was Air Force’s biggest presence in the pool, as he also took home individual event wins in the 100 back, 100 free, and 200 IM. Lattin also had a successful day, claiming gold in both the 50 free and 100 fly. The other individual wins came in the 200 free by Zhang, the 200 fly by Limpert, the 200 back by freshman Gabriel Bartolomei, and the 500 free by sophomore Adam Grimm.

Finally, over in the diving well, freshman Brett Jenkins was the big winner, as he took gold in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. Meanwhile, sophomore Jack Macceca placed second in the 1-meter, while junior Jack Zocher took silver in the 3-meter.

Air Force will be right back in action next weekend, Nov. 8-9, when they head down to Phoenix to battle WAC rival Grand Canyon. Start time on that Friday is set for 3 p.m. MT.

The Air Force Academy women’s swimming and diving team dominated a tri-meet with the Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Mesa, defeating the Orediggers 206-84, and the Mavericks, 178.5-117.5, Friday evening, Nov. 1, at the Cadet Natatorium.

In the 16-event meet, the Falcons claimed gold in 12 of the events, including a relay, two diving events, and nine individual wins.

Starting with the 200 medley relay, seniors Heidi Schellin and Autumn Wolfgramm, as well as junior Kylie Stronko and freshman Sefilina Maile took first.

Maile was AF’s biggest winner on the evening, as she claimed gold in the 200 free, 100 free, and 200 IM as well. Wolfgramm and Schellin also had multiple individual wins, Wolfgramm in the 50 free and 100 fly, while Schellin had a wins in the 100 and 200 breast.

Other individual event wins came from Stronko in the 100 back, freshman Luci Lozano in the 200 fly, and sophomore Cristin von Schlag in both of the diving events, the 1-meter and 3-meter.

Air Force will be right back in action next weekend, Nov. 8-9, when they head down to Phoenix to battle Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, and Idaho in a quad meet. Start time on that Friday is set for 3 p.m. MT.

Courtesy: Colorado Mesa Athletics

Colorado Mesa University freshman Lauren White and Davy Brown led the Maverick women’s swimming and diving team in a Friday evening triangular against the host United States Air Force Academy Falcons and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado School of Mines here at the Cadet Natatorium.

White and Brown went 1-2 in the 200-yard backstroke and teamed with Maddie Pressler and Natalie Saul for the victory in the meet-capping 400 free relay as the Mavericks (3-5, 3-0 RMAC) ran their winning streak over RMAC foes to 19 with a convincing 231 ½-62 ½ win over the Orediggers (1-4, 0-2 RMAC).

The NCAA Division I Falcons (4-3) defeated the Mavericks, 178 ½-117 ½, and Mines by a 206-84 margin as they won 12 of the 16 events.  Mines’ Mia Wood won the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events for her squad.

White touched first in the 200 back with a time of two minutes, 5.74 seconds, which with the altitude-adjustment will extend her RMAC lead to 2:04.14 while Brown was just behind in 2:06.35 (2:04.75-adjusted).

In the 400 free relay, White turned in an opening leg split of 53.44 as the Mavs won the event in 3:34.58, ahead of CMU’s runner-up “B” team, which finished in 3:36.55.

The Mavericks also had ten other runner-up finishes throughout the evening.

Sarah Fillerup, Samantha White, Candice Rosen and Bret Congdon started the run with a time of 1:48.14 in the 200 medley relay, which opened the evening.

Lauren White then placed second in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.41 while Pressler finished fourth in 1:56.53.

Brown then took second in the 100 back at 58.33 while Fillerup was third in 58.66 seconds.  Brown also finished second in the 200 IM at 2:08.66 while Kennedy Bright was third in 2:13.38.

Samantha White was second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.05 while Bella Walters edged teammate Isabelle Hansson in the 200 fly for second.  Walters touched in 2:14.08 while Hansson was just behind at 2:14.14.

Pressler also finished second in the 100 free with a clocking of 54.04 seconds while Noel Scott was third in 54.66 after Saul had finished third in the 50 free at 24.80 seconds.

Grace Payton also turned in a third place finish in the 500 free with a time of 5:21.05 while Rosen finished second in the 100 butterfly with a sub-60 time of 59.30 seconds.  Pressler (1:00.71) and Walters (1:01.33), finished third and fourth respectively.

On the diving boards, University of Iowa transfer Jolynn Harris led the Mavericks in her CMU debut as she finished second on the 1-meter with 233.78 points after taking third on the 3-meter with 244.20 points.  Ali Lange was third on the 1-meter at 233.18 while Natalya Dahlke took fourth on the 3-meter with a score of 235.80 points

Junior Torsten Rau and sophomore Mahmoud Elgayar led the Colorado Mesa University men’s swimming team in a Friday evening triangular split against the NCAA Division I United States Air Force Academy Falcons and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado School of Mines Orediggers here at the Falcons’ Cadet Natatorium.

Rau won the 1,000-yard freestyle in an improved NCAA “B” cut time of nine minutes, 48.29 seconds, which lowers to 9:29.79 with the allowable altitude adjustment.  He also finished third in both the 500 free and 200 backstroke events.

Meanwhile, Elgayar won the 100 breaststroke in 57.35 seconds and anchored the Mavs’ 400 free relay team to an official win in 3:07.62 to cap the night on a high note.  Noah Vallee, Alex Bruce and Lane Austin swam the earlier legs of that relay.

The Mavericks, now 2-5 overall and 2-0 against RMAC foes this season, also had a half-dozen runner-up finishes and the same number of third place finishes as they defeated the Orediggers, 195-99 while falling to the Falcons, 171-123.  Air Force (3-3) also defeated Mines (2-3, 1-1 RMAC), 183-106 in the other leg of the team scoring battles.

The Mavericks’ 200 medley relay team of Austin, Elgayar, Zander Minano and Vallee got the night off to a good start with a time of 1:32.40.

Austin then came back to take second in the 100 back with a time of 50.81 seconds before Elgayar claimed his individual win ahead of teammate Matthew Barrett, who finished fourth in a season-best 58.34 seconds.

Elgayar later finished second over 200 yards in 2:08.54 while Barrett also took fourth in that event with a time of 2:13.18.

Freshman Alex Bruce then finished second in the 200 butterfly at 1:55.86 before Austin came out of the first diving break to finish third in the 100 free at 48.05 seconds.

Bruce was also second in the 200 back at 1:55.39, a tenth ahead of Rau, who touched in 1:55.49.  The German then completed the 500 free in 4:51.09.

CMU’s Jake Simmons later turned in a season-best time of 51.33 to take second in the 100 fly while Nico Tscherner finished third in in the 200 IM at 1:59.22 ahead of Ethan Fox (2:01.84) and Justin Fell (2:02.93).

On the diving boards, Noah Luna finished third in both events.  He scored 262.05 points on six dives off the 1-meter before tallying 281.70 on the 3-meter.

The Mavericks are now off until Nov. 20, when they will begin hosting the A3 Performance Invite.

Courtesy: Colorado School of Mines Athletics

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado School of Mines continued to put down solid early-season times as they swam in a tri-meet with Air Force and Colorado Mesa Friday night.

Air Force dominated the meet with wins over both RMAC schools; the Oredigger men’s scores were 183-106 for Air Force and 195-99 for CMU, with the women going 206-84 in favor of Air Force and 231.5-62.5 for Mesa.

Reigning RMAC Swimmer of the Week Mia Wood continued her distance domination with wins in the 500- and 1,000-freestyle distances. In the 1,000, she touched in 10:39.29, which comes out to another NCAA B standard with the elevation conversion; she later won the 500-free in 5:14.43. Wood was also third in the 200-free in 1:56.53.

Migus Wong provided the men’s lone event win as he captured the 200-breaststroke in 2:06.01. Wong won the event by more than two seconds. Wong later took second – and first among D-II swimmers – in the 200-IM at 1:57.71. Freshman Cobi Wood was third overall and first among D-II swimmers in the 200-free at 1:44.27, while Peyton Scherschel scored a second-place 57.53 in the 100-breast to tip Wong in 57.66.

The men’s 400-free relay of Sam LaPrade, Ian Kingsolver, Wood, and Scherschel was second in 3:10.31, and the women’s relay of Olivia Lomax, Amanda Blickensderfer, Madeleine Oakley, and Mia Wood was third in 3:41.91.

The Oredigger women return home to host CSU-Pueblo and Western Colorado Nov. 9; the men will be back in action Nov. 20 at the A3 Performance Invitational in Grand Junction.

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