Routt County college athletes roundup for Feb. 18


Mary O’Connell, Nordic skiing


Mary O’Connell

2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, freshman at Dartmouth College

O’Connell won a 15-kilometer skate skiing race Saturday at the Middlebury Carnival in New Hampshire. She stuck with the lead group through the whole course, then surged to win by 17 seconds, finishing in 39 minutes, 35.0 seconds. She helped her team to a second-place finish in the event.

Mike Vandahl, basketball


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Mike Vandahl

2008 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, senior at Western State Colorado University

Vandahl started a pair of games for Western State. He scored seven points, had four rebounds, an assist and a steal in an 88-74 loss to Western New Mexico. He scored 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and had two assists Saturday in a 91-83 loss to New Mexico Highlands.

Isaiah Mendoza-Forsyth, basketball


Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth

2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, freshman at Johnson & Wales University

Mendoza-Forsyth started twice as Johnson & Wales split a pair of weekend games. He played 29 minutes, scored seven points and had three assists in a 96-45 loss to Ashford on Friday. On Saturday, he played 26 minutes, logging eight points and seven rebounds in an 83-39 win against Illinois Tech.

Jamey Swiggart, tennis


James Swiggart

2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, freshman at Idaho State

Swiggart defeated Lukas Kortus, 6-2, 6-1, on Saturday in a matchup against Portland State. Swiggart also was on a victorious doubles team that won, 8-3. That helped Idaho State win the match, 6-1. Said coach Bobby Goeltz about the singles match: “For a freshman, Jamey is responding really well. The results of the match were in while he was still playing, and you never know how that is going to affect a player.”

Holli Salazar, track and field



Holli Salazar

2009 graduate of Hayden High School, senior at CSU-Pueblo

Salazar placed third in the weight throw at the Joe Davies Collegiate Open at Colorado School of Mines on Saturday with a toss of 50 feet, 3.5 inches.

Alex Estes, track and field


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Alex Estes

2010 graduate of Soroco High School, junior at Adams State University

Alex Estes leapt 7.13 meters — more than 23 feet — in the long jump Sunday at the Joe Davies Collegiate Open indoor track meet at Colorado School of Mines. The distance earned him third place and provisionally qualified him for the Division II national championship meet set for Birmingham, Ala., next month.

Amy Brodie, swimming


Amy Brodie

2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, freshman at Colorado Mesa University

Brodie helped her team place second in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, third in the 200 medley relay and third in the 400 medley relay. She placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and seventh in the 50 freestyle.

Christi Valicenti, tennis


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Christi Valicenti

2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, freshman at Lake Forest College

The women’s tennis season is split between fall and spring seasons. Valicenti has spent the between time playing with the school’s varsity handball team. They travel this week for the national tournament in Arizona.

Aubree Haskins, track and field


Aubree Haskins

2012 Hayden High School graduate, freshman at Montana State University

Competing at the Bobcat Open in Bozeman, Mont., Haskins placed eighth in the weight throw and 10th in the shot put.

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