Mavs cap successful season with championships
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:00 PM
The spring season is getting its game on, but Colorado Mesa University athletes are wrapping up a particularly impressive winter season.
CMU hosted the 2013 RMAC Swimming and Diving Championships in the El Pomar Natatorium Feb. 13-16. The women’s swimming and diving team achieved second place with a score of 616. The men’s team also placed second, with a score of 739. Coach Ron Allen was named 2013 RMAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year, and CMU’s Brock Martin was named both the 2013 RMAC Men’s Diver of the Meet and the 2013 RMAC Men’s Diver of the Year.
Martin and fellow Maverick divers Ryan Popp, Amanda Jennings and Savannah Craft will continue to the NCAA Division II National Winter Festival in Birmingham, Ala. March 6-9.
Ranked number four in the NCAA Division II / USA Today Poll, CMU’s women’s basketball team is experiencing its highest-ranked season in the program’s history. First-year head coach Taylor Wagner has lead the Lady Mavs to their best start in program history, at 22-1 overall. CMU’s Katrina Selsor is a two-time RMAC Player of the Week, and Kelsey Sigl is a three-time RMAC Player of the Week and the leading scorer in the RMAC. Men’s basketball is also receiving votes in the NCAA Division II Poll, at 17-6 overall. Colton Burgon is a four-time RMAC Player of the Week, and Landon Vermeer leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage.
The Maverick wrestling team, ranked number 14 in NCAA Division II, has set a school record with 20 wins. The team wrestles in the NCAA Super Region 4 Tournament Feb. 22-24 in Chadron, Neb. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA National Championships in March.
The RMAC Indoor Track and Field Championships are Feb. 22-23 in Spearfish, S.D. In a Feb. 17 meet, CMU’s Shane Niksic turned in a NCAA Provisional time in the 800m. Niksic placed second in the event in 1:55.34, less than a half second behind the event winner. Niksic and freshman Jordan Riggins have had NCAA Provisional times so far this season. Riggins qualified for the finals in the 60m dash. On the women’s team, sophomore Whitney Rowe also hit an NCAA Provisional mark at a Feb. 10 meet, posting a 7.74 second 60m dash and placing fifth overall in the event.
Wrestling and indoor track and field will also compete in the NCAA Division II National Winter Festival.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations