Brock Martin Crowned RMAC Champion in 1-meter
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--Day two of the RMAC's meant more pressure for the Mavericks. Coming off a solid opening Wednesday night the Mavs had to maintain a strong presence in their own house.
The first event of the evening was women's two hundred yard relay. The Mavericks team of Amy Brodie, Samantha Parker, Annie Jones and Robyn Meeks placed second with a time of 1:39.13 behind Grand Canyon University who clicked off a 1:33.76.
Next in the pool was the men's 200 yard free style. Up front again it was the dominant Lopes of GCU and the Cardinals of Incarnate Word in the front two spots. CMU came back under the flags third thanks to the efforts of Mehdi El Hazzaz, Kirk O'Connell, Peter Szekely and Rob Eisendrath.
Following a short break the women's 500 yard free was the next event up. Kelly Hogan, who qualified for the national “B-cut” Wednesday night in the 1000 free, completed the 500 free in second place with a time of 5:03.94. GCU's Inha Kotsur beat Hogan with a time of 5:02.05
“I felt really good, felt nice and controlled in the water” Senior and team captain Kelly Hogan said about here last meet as a Maverick. “I'm so glad we're hosting RMAC's my senior year, I'm just having a fun time. I'm trying to have much fun as I can”
Tyler Kaslik and Jeremy Pacheco took the blocks for the Mavericks in the 500 yard free. Kaslik like Hogan was coming off a solid day one after securing a national “B-cut” qualifying time the day before in the 1000 free. Kaslik unfortunately suffered a poor start to the 500 and lost ground quickly to Feely and Phillips of GCU. Kaslik would finish the race fourth with a time of 4:43.29. Jack Feely from GCU touched the wall first with a time of 4:34.09.
“I felt a little off in the morning, came back got some good food in me, got a nap and just swam the 500 as best I could.” Kaslik said.
The finish to the Women's 200 yard IM had every one in El Pomar Natatorium on their feet as Jaclyn Branning of Grand Canyon beat CMU's Briana Purkapile by only two tenths of a second. Purkapile finished the 200 IM at 2:06.86.
The 200 yard IM for the men saw three Mavericks take the podium. Shaun Seuschek finished seventh, Rob Eisendrath placed sixth, and Brett Lowe came home second thanks to a time of 1:53.10.
The lightning quick 50 yard sprints were next on deck.
Amy Brodie earned the Mavs yet another second place finish after a 24.69 in the women's 50 free behind Peyton Slater from University of Texas Permian Basin with a time of 24.85
The Men's 50 yard free saw Maverick Mehdi El Hazzaz make the podium with a fourth place finish and a time of 20.66.
Men's 1-meter diving was all Mavericks as CMU divers swept the top three spots of the podium. Austin Fahrenholtz finished third 11 points back from second place Ryan Popp. But both Mavericks paled in comparison to All-American Brock Martin's 515.40 score.