Lobos Head To Air Force For MWC Showdown
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/19/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 19, 2005

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - CONFERENCE COMPETITION CONTINUED: The Lobos head to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a dual meet with Air Force, Saturday at 1 p.m.

New Mexico (1-5 overall, 1-4) will compete for the second consecutive weekend. The Lobos couldn't pull off the upset of undefeated Utah, losing 167-128. Senior Becca Barras was the only multiple winner for UNM. She won the 1-meter board with a score of 280 points and took the 3-meter board with 309 points. Junior Robyn Miller grabbed the only other individual gold, turning in a time of 4:31 in the 400-yard individual medley. Miller also finished second in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. The 200-yard free relay team of junior Kelsey Leckovic, sophomores Jenna Syverson and Kelly Soldow and freshman Tori Clarridge won with a time of 1:39.

Air Force downed Michigan State (148-28) and Transylvania (146-79) and lost to Florida Atlantic (200.50-38.50) while at the Florida Atlantic Invite to bring its season record to 19-12 overall, 0-2 in the conference.

Four Falcon women took second overall in their events. Senior Andrea Hyma took second in the 50 free (25.79), sophomore Lauren White too second in the 500 free (5:11.19), sophomore Stephanie Hirst took second in the 200 breast (2:29.94) and senior Lara Styles was second in the 200 butterfly (2:14.99).

The Air Force swimming & diving team returns to action, Friday, Jan. 21 when they host UNLV in a MWC showdown at the Cadet Natatorium at 4 p.m.

TOTAL DOMINATION: The Mountain West Conference announced that New Mexico's Becca Barras has been named MWC Women's Diver of the Week for the 12th time in her career. Barras has been nominated and received the award four times this year.

Barras, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, remained undefeated in dual matches this season with her sweep vs. Utah last week. She notched a personal and MWC season-best 280.95 in the 1-meter board and scored 309.60 in the 3-meter. Barras also holds the top point total in the 3-meter board, scoring 484.15 at the Texas Invitational earlier this season.

SWIMMING SUCCESS: Senior Becca Barras sits atop the Mountain West Conference leaderboard, holding the top scores for the 1- and 3-meter boards and platform. On the 1-meter board, Barras turned in a score of 280.95 when competing Jan. 15 vs. Utah. She scored 484.15 on the 3-meter board at the Texas Invite where she competed against the country's top divers. Finally, she is tops on the platform after scoring a whopping 33.85 points in her first time participating in that event this year.

Fellow diver, sophomore Carrie Quinn is keeping up with Barras, holding the second best scores of the season on the 3-meter board and platform. Quinn turned in scores of 409.65 and 327.80, respectively, at the Texas Invite.

Junior Robyn Miller also has claim to two of the second best times in the MWC. Miller has the second best time in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.91) and 400-yard individual medley (4:27.14). She has a time of 1:53.23 in the 200-yard freestyle which is fourth but with the altitude conversion taken into affect, her time drops to 1:52.04 which would place her in second.

Freshman Tori Clarridge is having a breakout year with two of her times equaling the third best in their respective events this season. Clarridge put up a time of 52.15 in the 100-yard free and 57.97 in the 100-yard backstroke while she was competing in the Speedo Cup Invitational in Nov.

As a whole, the Lobos have shown great strength despite their record. New Mexico has at least one person in the top-10 of 17 of the 22 events the MWC keeps track of. While represented on the scoreboard 23 times, 15 placings are in the top-5. Nine different women are in the conference's top-10 as well as five four-woman relay teams.