Colorado Mesa Named RMAC Women's Swimming and Diving Preseason Favorite

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Mesa leads the way in the 2022-23 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Preseason Poll, the league announced Wednesday. The RMAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Preseason Poll is voted on by the league’s eight head coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their program.
 
Colorado Mesa captures the league’s first-place position ahead of the 2022-23 season, earning 49 points and seven of eight first-place votes. The Mavericks return a slew of top performers from last year’s roster, including reigning NCAA Division II 200-yard Breaststroke National Champion and RMAC Co-Swimmer of the Year, Lily Borgenheimer. Kyra Apodaca, the league’s reigning Co-Freshman of the Year, also returns to lead the Mavericks’ diving contingent. Katerina Matoskova returns for her redshirt sophomore season after earning four first-team all-conference honors last season.
 
Colorado School of Mines claims the league’s final first-place vote and 42 points to earn second place in preseason voting. Led by 2021-22 RMAC Coach of the Year, Claire McDaniel, the Orediggers return Meghan Slowey, who was voted RMAC Co-Swimmer of the Year in 2021-22, along with last season’s RMAC Co-Freshman of the Year, Olivia Kisow. Mines returns nine all-conference selections from last season, six of which claimed first-team honors.
 
Oklahoma Christian checks in third overall with 37 points in preseason voting. The Eagles closed the 2021-22 RMAC Swimming and Diving Championships tied for third place with 508 points. After a strong outing at the conference championships, Oklahoma Christian nabbed all-conference distinctions for each of its five relay teams. Additionally, the Eagles accounted for five individual all-conference honors from Cheyenne Parks and Kayci McKinnon.
 
Rejoining the RMAC for the 2022-23 season, University of Texas Permian Basin checks in at the fourth-place position with 29 points in preseason voting. In fifth place stands Western Colorado with 25 points, followed by Colorado State University Pueblo in sixth place with 18 points.
 
Nebraska-Kearney secures the seventh-place spot with 16 points, while Adams State rounds out preseason voting with eight points.
 
The 2023 RMAC Swimming and Diving Championships will once again be held at El Pomar Natatorium in Grand Junction, Colo., beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event will span four days with closing ceremonies taking place on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tickets for the championships are available for purchase on the RMAC Swimming and Diving Championships page.


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