Lobos Look To Compete In Their Final Two Home Meets Of The Season
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/16/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 16, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - PREVIEW:The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team looks to open the second half of the 2006-07 season at home this weekend. On Friday, Jan. 19 the Lobos will face the Horned Frogs of TCU beginning at 12 p.m. in the Seidler Natatorium. The following day the Utes of Utah will take on the Lobos beginning at 2 p.m. The two meets mark the final home meets of the season.

Currently the Lobos are 5-3 overall and 2-2 in Mountain West Conference competition. The Lobos are tied for 5th out of 9 in conference standings.

Last year TCU edged past the Lobos with a 159-130 victory. The Horned Frogs come into Albuquerque with a 9-4 overall record and 2-4 record in MWC competition placing them seventh in MWC standings. Colorado State is currently at the top of the standings. Utah is currently 5-0 (3-0 in MWC competition) and second in MWC standings. The last time the Lobos and Utes faced off the Utes defeated the Lobos 129-107.

"We are looking forward to the second half of the season," head coach Tracy Ljone said. "This is the exciting part. We have four more dual meets and then we are right into our taper and conference championships. I can't say enough about this year's team. They are working hard, being competitive and they are also supporting each other. Coaching this team has been a real treat and I am just excited to see what we can do down the home stretch of our year."

REVIEW: Members of the University of New Mexico women's swimming team competed in the U.S. Open in early December held in West Lafayette, Ind., marking the first appearance for the Lobos. Twenty-one Olympians competed among the nearly 1,000 swimmers from all over the world. Five Lobos qualified to compete, Robyn Miller, Jenna Syverson, Kelly Soldow, Tori Clarridge and Ashley Grisdale. Each Lobo represented the university well by turning in great times.

Lobo divers competed at the same time as the U.S. Open, but in Austin, Texas in a diving invite hosted by the University of Texas. Like the swimmers, the divers had a great showing after three days of competition. The meet was stacked with talented and nationally ranked divers from teams such as Stanford, Florida, Wisconsin, Wyoming, UCLA, Hawaii, University of Houston, Nebraska, TCU and host UT . Senior Joanna Garcia competed consistently, but was unfortunately not able to compete the final day due to a back injury. Junior Carrie Quinn was a strong competitor. She missed the finals by one spot on the 3-meter springboard, but on the final day of competition finished fifth.

The Lobo swimmers participated in the Speedo Cup Invitational, finishing tenth with 349 points, in Long Beach, Calif. Nov. 16-18 hosted by the University of California-Irvine.

UNM played host to BYU, New Mexico State and Northern Arizona in the Seidler Natatorium on Nov. 2. The Lobos were victorious over New Mexico State (190 - 103) and Northern Arizona (175.5 - 123.5), but fell to BYU with a final score of 221.5 - 75.5. The Lobos had not defeated Northern Arizona in over six years.

In a Triple Dual meet hosted by Colorado State the Lobos squared off against host CSU as well as Air Force and San Diego State winning two out of the three. New Mexico beat Air Force 188-112 as well as SDSU 168-131 but fell to CSU 178-111.

The Lobos also fell to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo. with a final score of 144-99. The Lobos finished the meet with a total of four first place finishes and six second place finishes.

In the first meet of the season, the Lobos defeated the women of Northern Colorado, 105-104, in an all relay competition that took place in Greeley, Colo. The Lobos captured five first place finishes out of a total 12 events and sealed six second place finishes and four third place finishes.

LOBOS RECOGNIZE FOUR SENIORS: The Lobos will recognize the four outgoing seniors at Saturday's meet against Utah. This meet marks the last home meet in the Seidler Natatorium for the four Lobos. Three swimmers, Jenna Syverson, Kelly Soldow and Jen 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.

UPCOMING: Following the two home meets this weekend the Lobos will travel to Las Cruces, N.M. on Jan. 26 to take on the Aggies of New Mexico State. The two teams met in the fall portion of the season and the Lobos came out victorious 190-103. On Feb. 2 the divers will participate in the diving invitational hosted by Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Lobos close out conference competition on Feb.3 against UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. beginning at 2 p.m. Mountain West Conference competition begins Feb 21.