By Andy Sinclair
The Maverick swimming and diving team opened up the 2002-03 season with a win Friday over Colorado College, 156-73, and a loss the following day at Northern Colorado, 172-125.
Friday, UNO won 10 of the 13 events over Colorado College. Senior Ali Petersen paced UNO Friday with first-place victories in the 50-yard freestyle (25.72 seconds), the 100-yard freestyle (56.25) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:51.19) with teammates Tasha Soby, Kat Clemens and Trina Larson.
The Mavericks also won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58. Brooke Manweiler won the 200-yard individual medley, Martina Zamecnik won the 100 butterfly in 59.85 and Katie Liebmann took the 500 freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.
Also providing a lift for UNO on Friday was freshman diver Jamie Grogan, who placed first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events, with scores of 190.50 and 214.90.
On Saturday, the Mavericks took first in half of the 16 events, but Northern Colorado won the meet by taking 12 second-place finishes.
Freshman Ashley Renshaw led UNO Saturday with first-place finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.08), the 200-yard breaststroke (2:29.05) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.70). Renshaw also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle Friday behind Petersen with a time of 25.96.
The Mavericks will travel to Kearney to compete in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Invitational Nov. 2.