Routt County collegiate athlete roundup for Dec. 2
Luci Franklin, swimming
Steamboat Springs — 2012 graduate of The Lowell Whiteman School, sophomore at Saint Michael’s College
On Nov. 19, in a 149-52 team win over Norwich, Franklin anchored a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. She followed up that performance with a pair of second-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. On Nov. 22 and 23 in the North Country Invitational at SUNY, Franklin had a pair of eighth-place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. As a team, Saint Michael’s took second place at the invitational.
Lauryn Bruggink, wrestling
2012 graduate of Soroco High School, sophomore at Wayland Baptist University
On Nov. 16, Bruggink took eighth place out of 26 wrestlers at the Missouri Valley Open in the 116-pound division. She scored 11 critical points for her team in the Pioneers’ second-place overall finish. Bruggink lost at 116 pounds to Oklahoma City University, 17-6, 17-2, on Nov. 20, but battled back to help her team steal a pair of wins in the Beauty and the Beast Duals on Nov. 23 and 24. The Beauty and the Beast Dual format combines men’s and women’s team scores.
Martha Anderson, polo
2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, sophomore at Cornell University
Anderson saw significant action in the second half of Cornell’s 18-6 win over Massachusetts. Anderson scored a goal in the victory. On Nov. 17, the Big Red suffered just their second loss of the season, 16-12 against UConn, but rebounded with three straight wins, including a 19-14 defeat of Virginia, the defending national champion, Nov. 24.
Colleen King, volleyball
2010 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, senior at University of Denver
The Pioneers closed out their season in a 3-1 loss to Kansas on Nov. 26, and King finished her prolific college career in the process. Always a steady presence at the net, King finished second on the team in kills with 269 despite missing a handful of games in the back half of the season. King earned first-team all-conference and all-academic honors in 2012. King was atop the Summit League’s leaderboard in kills before missing game time but still finished fourth in hitting percentage.
Meghan Lukens and Kate Verploeg, ice hockey
Graduates of Steamboat Springs High School, students at University of Colorado
Despite the Buffaloes winning just one game in November, a 3-0 win over Ohio State on Nov. 9, Lukens leads Colorado in points with three and has tacked on a goal. Verploeg has seen time on the ice in all of the Buffaloes’ games this year. Colorado again will take the ice Dec. 8.
Claire Tegl and Jaime Winter, ice hockey
Graduates of Steamboat Springs High School, students at Colorado State University
Tegl, Winter and the Rams got off to a hot start this season, winning their first five games but then hit a rough patch to close out the fall season. CSU went 1-6-1 down the stretch, but Winter and Tegl were a presence on the ice all season. Tegl recorded a goal and tacked on three assists and four points, and Winter had an assist and a point to her name in 2013.
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