Jan. 19, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team was defeated today by the Horned Frogs of TCU 132-97 in the Seidler Natatorium. Junior diver Carrie Quinn took first in both the 1- and 3-meter springboards with scores of 342.45 and 273.91 respectively.
"Carrie (Quinn) dove out of her mind today," diving coach Abel Sanchez said. "She was amazing. Early in the year she was having some difficulties, but stepped up today. Carrie showed that she will be a strong force at conference."
A top swimmer for the Lobos was junior Andrea Zarins. Zarins finished with the best time in the 500-yard freestyle with 5:14.02. She also had the best time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.01).
"Andrea (Zarins) is having the best season of her collegiate career," head coach Tracy Ljone said. "She is looking great in the water."
Another top swimmer for the Lobos was freshman Ashley Grisdale, who clocked in the best time in the 200-yard butterfly with 2:07.13. To open the meet, senior Jenna Syverson, junior Tori Clarridge, Grisdale and Zarins placed second in the 400-yard medley relay (3:59.43). Syverson also took second in the 50-yard free touching the wall in 24.97. Senior Kelly Soldow solidified another second place finish by clocking in a time of 54.70 in the 100-yard free. Clarridge finished in third with 54.89. Junior Ashley LaBree was the first Lobo to touch the wall in the 200-yard backstroke taking third (2:12.86). In the final event of the meet, freshman Theresa Rogers, senior Jen Hale, Soldow and Clarridge placed second in the 400-yard free relay (3:38.23).
"We haven't competed in about two months, but did a great job getting into competition mode again," Ljone said. "We had some really solid swims and we are right where we want to be going into taper. TCU swam a great meet. They are doing really well this season."
The Lobos (5-4, 2-3 MWC) will be back in action at the Seidler Natatorium tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 20, when they will face the Utes of Utah beginning at 2 p.m. The Lobos will recognize the four outgoing seniors. The meet will mark the last home meet in the Seidler Natatorium for the four Lobos. Three swimmers, Syverson, Soldow and Hale and one diver, Joanna Garcia have been dedicated to the program for four years and each have made a lasting impression. The senior recognition ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the meet.