Jan. 20, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team fell to the University of Utah, 135-100, today in the Seidler Natatorium. Freshman Ashley Grisdale and junior Tori Clarridge clinched the two first place finishes of the day for the Lobo swimmers. Grisdale's first place was in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:54.27) while Clarridge's was in the 100-yard backstroke (58.98).
Junior diver Carrie Quinn edged out a victory on the 1-meter springboard with a score of 273.00. Utah's Kelsey Patterson finished close behind in second (272.25). Quinn took third on the 3-meter board (257.47).
"Carrie (Quinn) is still diving well," diving coach Abel Sanchez said. "Defeating Kelsey Patterson (Utah) on the 1-meter is a big confidence boost for Carrie. If Carrie can just relax and have fun at conference I think she has a shot at winning the 1-meter."
Senior diver Joanna Garcia finished fourth on both the 1- and 3-meter boards (175.04 and 204.59 respectively).
"Joanna (Garcia) has competed consistently this season which is great," Sanchez said. "She has been a great asset to this team and will be greatly missed."
Clarridge, senior Jenna Syverson, junior Andrea Zarins and sophomore Katrina McLoughlin came in second in the 200-yard medley relay with a final time of 1:49.07. Syverson and Zarins solidified individual second place finishes in the 50-yard free (24.71) and 400-yard individual medley (4:38.40) respectively. Freshman Theresa Rogers touched the wall in 54.01 in the 100-yard free giving the Lobos another second place finish.
"I can remember my first meet in the Seidler Natatorium," senior swimmer Kelly Soldow said. "Knowing this was the last time I would compete in the Seidler Natatorium is a weird feeling. These past four years have been an incredible experience. It has been so much fun and a great learning experience and I have made life long friendships."
"It has been a great experience to compete at a Division I level for the past four years," senior swimmer Jen Hale said. "I have bonded with my team and they have become like family. I love to motivate my teammates and see them succeed. I wouldn't change the past four years for anything in the world."
"It's a bitter sweet ending," senior swimmer Jenna Syverson said. "I'm ready to start a new chapter of my life, but am going to miss the experience so much, it has been incredible. I love my team and without them I probably wouldn't have lasted as long as I did in the program."
The Lobos (5-5, 2-4 MWC) will travel to Las Cruces, N.M. to take on the Aggies of New Mexico State on Jan. 26. Competition begins at 5 p.m.