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Spring semester already historic for the Mavericks

Feb12The spring semester is shaping up to be a big one for Colorado Mesa University athletics.

The men’s swimming and diving team made history on Feb. 22 by claiming the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) swimming and diving conference title. Senior Brock Martin earned RMAC Diver of the Meet and Diver of the Year; Jarren Brinton earned RMAC Freshman of the Year accolades. The women’s team finished second overall behind California Baptist University. Qualifiers for the NCAA National Championships will be announced in early March.

Feb. 22 also saw CMU’s women’s basketball team clinch the RMAC regular season championship with an 82–46 victory over Western State Colorado University. Though two games remain in the regular season, the win secures CMU’s second consecutive conference championship. The team clinched the number-one seed in the RMAC Shootout. The men’s team also secured a spot in the RMAC Tournament.

CMU Athletic Director Tom Spicer announced on Feb. 21 that Todd Padgett has been named the head men’s soccer coach. Padgett was previously the head women’s coach at Eastern New Mexico University. Spicer also announced that Jason Clare has been named head women’s soccer coach. Clare served as the team’s assistant coach during the 2013 season and as interim head coach following the resignation of Erin Sharpe.

Six skiers on CMU’s nordic team qualified for the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association nationals, which will be held March 10-15 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

In their final dual of the season, CMU wrestlers defeated the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Orediggers 36–7. The team will host the National Collegiate Athletic Association Super Region 4/RMAC Championships Feb. 28–March 1 in Brownson Arena.

Women’s lacrosse opened the season with a 14–7 loss to Fort Lewis College on Feb. 22 at Walker Field. The Mavericks will be back in action on March 8 when they battle Adams State University. The men’s season opens on March 1 against Lindenwood University.

The baseball team is 5–2 on the season heading into RMAC play after a loss to Division I University of Northern Colorado. The Mavs open up RMAC play on Feb. 28 when they take on Colorado Christian University in a pair of doubleheaders in Lakewood, Colo.

The Metropolitan State University Roadrunners won three of the four games in a series that opened RMAC play for CMU’s softball team. The Mavericks, 2–8 overall, will play a four-game series against the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs March 1–2.

On Feb. 22. sophomore Bacall Sterling reset her school record in the triple jump with an automatic national qualifying leap of 40–4.25 at CSM. She is ranked fifth in the nation in Division II. The indoor track and field teams will compete at the RMAC Championships hosted by Adams State on Feb. 28–March 1. •

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