Schmeckpeper-Cook again breaks 3-meter record
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In a rematch from earlier this season, the Colorado State swimming & diving team was able to exact revenge upon the Northern Colorado Bears, winning a 193-106 dual at Colorado State. The Bears won three of the 16 events on the afternoon.
"We swam and dove awesome today," said Head Coach Kelly McClanahan. "Coming off of finals, we jumped up and came off the boards and I couldn't be more pleased. They blew me away with how fast we're swimming. The girls really stepped up and performed well. We continue to race well and swim their race instead of focusing on what the competition is doing."
Junior Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook continued her stellar third season, winning the three-meter diving with a score of 302.63, breaking her own school record from Dec. 3 and posting an NCAA Zone "E" qualifying standard. As she has done all year, Schmeckpeper-Cook made it a double victory, winning the one-meter event with a score of 285.53.
"Kelly won both boards again and broke 300 in the three-meter, which is just amazing," said McClanahan.
Senior Tori Gutt, on the same day as her college graduation, timed a 4:37.35 in the 400 IM to win the title. She also swam a 2:25.19 in the 200 breaststroke to finish second.
Freshman Kira Alger finished second in the 200 free, clocking a time of 1:59.97. Junior Jennifer Smith was also second in the 100 free, swimming a 54.98, while Alger was right behind her in third in 55.36.
The quartet of Gina Riggle, Sammy Leonard, Alger and Smith also continued the theme of the day finishing second in 1:39.18. The time is the fastest for the Bears this season and the ninth-fastest posting in Northern Colorado history.
In the 100 breaststroke, Riggle finished fourth overall but posted ninth-fastest time in school history after timing a 1:08.00.
With the holiday break from school, the Bears will not compete again until after the calendar flips to 2011, as they swim at LMU on Jan. 4 swimming against the Lions and Cal State Bakersfield.
"I'm very happy to finish 2010 that way," concluded McClanahan. "We have a lot of training to do and are off to San Diego State after the holiday break. We're refining what we need to refine and are getting closer to being ready for the conference meet."