The Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive teams both fell in their dual meet with Utah, but put up a tough fight against the Division I Utes.
On the men’s side, the Orediggers fell 109-88 to Utah at the CSM natatorium on Friday. Junior Matt Bisping and true freshmen Zack Gertig and Jack McElhannon all turned in first place finishes. Bisping came in first in the 100 breaststroke (59.95) while Gertig won the 100 freestyle (47.92) by 0.03 seconds over Utah’s Alex Brown. McElhannon’s 1000 yard freestyle time of 10:36.98 beat teammate Matthew Lemke (10:39.69) by three seconds.
In other results, the men’s 400 medley relay came in second in a tightly contested race, less than three seconds behind Utah’s top team. The Oredigger team composed of Gertig, Bisping, Andrew Zerwick, and Daniel Peter finished the race in 3:35.98.
Zerwick, a pre-sesason All-RMAC selection was Mines top finisher last year at the National Championships, placing second in the 200 backstroke. He finished second in the 100 backstroke (54.58) and fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.63).
For the Lady Orediggers, seven different swimmers turned in second place times. Jackie Mays finished second overall in the 50 freestyle (26:19), and was only 2.0 seconds behind first place. Rainey Perkins also finished second, this time in the 1000 yard freestyle, in 11:38.80. Sophomore Stevie Davidson and freshman Tasha Pfeiffer placed second (2:03.31) and third (2:06.90) respectively in the 200 freestyle.
After Friday’s dual meet, the men had another meet Saturday at University of Denver. Gertig finished tenth in the 200 freestyle (1:46.34), Zerwick fifth in the 200 backstroke (1:57.87), and Bisping eight in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:14.84).
Saturday’s meet was the fifth of the year for the Orediggers. They continue their season November 19 and 20 at the Colorado Mesa University Invite.