Basketball, wrestling and swimming seasons are underway at Colorado School of Mines, with the women’s basketball team looking to three-peat its conference regular season title.
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James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 to keep athletes in shape and give them an “athletic distraction” during the harsh Massachusetts winter.
Now though, as Colorado School of Mines athletes might contend, the winter sports season has evolved into a true destination rather than a mere layover between fall and summer.
Mines' basketball, wrestling and swimming seasons are underway, with the women’s basketball team looking to three-peat its conference regular season title.
The Orediggers, who are playing Nov. 25-26 games at Regis, started the season 2-0. The team had definitive wins against St. Edward’s and St. Mary’s Nov. 11-12 in San Antonio.
Both basketball teams’ next home games will be Dec. 9-10, including the men’s team taking on No. 5 Black Hills State at 7 p.m. Dec. 10.
The men’s team also started its season 2-0, including a nailbiter 69-66 win over ranked Lubbock Christian on Nov. 12.
Mines was predicted to finish third in the Oct. 20 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason poll, with Black Hills State and Colorado Mesa predicted as the top two finishers, respectively. If the Orediggers want to win the RMAC regular season title, getting a W against the Yellow Jackets Dec. 10 game will be crucial.
For Mines wrestling fans, the Orediggers will be back in Volk Gymnasium Dec. 2 for a tri-meet against Fort Hays State and San Francisco State.
The wrestling team had a monster opener against Colby Community College Nov. 3, winning 53-0. The team then hosted its rookie opener Nov. 6 before it was scheduled to travel to Kearney, Nebraska for the Nov. 19 Younes Hospitality Open.
Mines swimming supporters will have to wait until Jan. 21 for the teams’ lone home meet against Wyoming. The Orediggers will be on the road in Colorado Springs Dec. 3 and Jan. 13-14 at Colorado College and Air Force, respectively.
The men’s and women’s teams are looking to build on last year’s successes, when it sent a combined three swimmers and one relay team to the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships.
Meghan Slowey, a current senior, finished eighth in the 1650-freestyle and earned First-Team All-America honors. Her time of 17:03.11 was a 15-second personal best, and was her first career NCAA podium finish.
Slowey, one of this year’s team captains, was named the RMAC Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 19.
Slowey and her fellow Mines swimmers were scheduled to compete Nov. 16-19 in the Colorado Mesa Invitational.
For more information on the winter sports teams, including results and schedules, visit MinesAthletics.com.
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