New Mexico Falls in First Conference Meet
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/14/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Oct. 14, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah --- The University of New Mexico women's swimming and diving team competed in two meets hosted by the University of Utah over the weekend.

"We had three meets in less than 48 hours and the ladies did great at each one," said Lobo head coach Tracy Ljone. "By Saturday, the ladies were on their tenth race in two days and they still had fast swims. I am so proud of how they raced and stayed competitive all weekend."

In the Reddish Relays on Friday, Oct. 12, the Lobos earned one first-place finish. Jaclyn Fedors, Theresa Rogers, Nanette Wittenberg, and Andrea Zarins won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:24.84.

The Lobos turned around on Saturday, Oct. 13, with a tough Mountain West Conference meet against BYU and host Utah. New Mexico lost the double dual meet, 185-104 to BYU and 137-104 to Utah. Against Utah, the Lobos were leading early in the meet, but lost the final six events.

"I am so excited about our meet against BYU and Utah," said Ljone. "We were in every race with Utah and lost four races by less than one tenth of a second. I don't think we have ever been so close to them. Utah did a great job of pulling together for the last five races to get the win. They have a new coach who will do a good job there."

Top finishers included sophomore Jennifer Patterson in the 200-yard free (2nd; 1:57.92) and freshman Ashley Grisdale in the 400-yard IM (2nd; 4:36.32). Patter son also picked up a third-place finish in the 100 fly (58.72), while Grisdale added a fifth-place finish in the 100 back (1:01.69) and a third-place finish as the lead leg of the 200 medley relay (1:52.56 with Theresa Rogers, Wilmarie Velez Santiago, and Katrina McLoughlin).

Senior Tori Clarridge earned three top-five finishes on the day - third place in the 50-yard free with a time of 25.27, third as part of the 200 free relay (1:40.40 with McLoughlin, Sally Bellinger and Melissa Neary), and fifth in the 100 free (54.44).

Senior Carrie Quinn picked up top-five finishes in both diving events. Quinn placed third in the 3-meter with a 255.15 and fifth in the 1-meter with a 228.10.

"This was a fantastic way to start our season," continued Ljone. "I think the team is excited to compete this year and especially ready going into our next big meet against San Diego State, Air Force, and Colorado State in two weeks."

The Lobos (1-2) return to action on Saturday, Oct. 27, in San Diego, Calif. when they face Mountain West foes San Diego State, Colorado State, and Air Force. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. (MDT).

BYU/Utah Double Dual Top-5 Finishes
200 Medley Relay: 3. Ashley Grisdale, Theresa Rogers, Wilmarie Velez Santiago, Katrina McLoughlin - 1:52.56
1000 Free: 4. Jennifer Burgess - 10:50.92; 5. Bridget O'Hara - 11:02.22
200 Free: 2. Jennifer Patterson - 1:57.92
50 Free: 3. Tori Clarridge - 25.27
400 IM: 2. Ashley Grisdale - 4:36.32
1-meter Dive: 5. Carrie Quinn - 228.10
100 Fly: 3. Jennifer Patterson - 58.72; 5. Nanette Wittenberg - 59.09
100 Free: 5. Tori Clarridge - 54.44
100 Back: 5. Ashley Grisdale - 1:01.69
3-meter Dive: 3. Carrie Quinn - 255.15
100 Breast: 5. Theresa Rogers - 1:08.34
200 Free Relay: 3. Katrina McLoughlin, Sally Bellinger, Melissa Neary, Tori Clarridge - 1:40.40