Lobo Diver Becca Barras Wins Second Career Title At MWC Championships
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/18/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 18, 2004

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - UNM diver Becca Barras won her second consecutive title in the 1-meter diving event this evening at the MWC Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. The junior collects her second MWC title after being the first Lobo swimmer or diver last year to be crowned a conference champion in 12 years. UNM finished the first day of competition in third place with 96 points behind BYU (108) and Colorado State (99).

Barras scored a 238.05 on the 1-meter springboard in the preliminary round of the championships, giving her a first place spot. Senior Tracey Berghian finished the prelims in the second spot with a score of 238.70.

In the finals, Barras was impressive again, blowing away the competition with 282.15 points to give her a clear lead and secure her the top spot in the event. Berghian battled for the second position against Wyoming's Saara Haapanen. The Lobo senior edged out Haapanen for the silver with a score of 249.45.

UNM also competed in two relay events today. The 200 medley relay team of Whitney Thomson, Jessica Brown, Aimee Dunavant and Jenna Syverson finished seventh place overall with a time of 1:47.17.

The 800 free relay team finished fifth, clocking in at 7:33.61. Team members included Kelsey Leckovic, Corinne Ellis, Jen Hale and Robyn Miller.

Competition continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the preliminary rounds and will conclude at 8 p.m. with the finals. Check back to golobos.com for UNM's results and www.themwc.com for full MWC Championships tomorrow evening.